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I’ve been looking forward to this one for a long time, too. At the end of the novel, he learns his mother killed his father to prevent him from leaving Seattle in the Boneshaker, but he is not angry with her for this and they embrace.

Someone behind Briar gave her back a friendly pat. I eventually lost track of the plot completely – I will not be cheerie up on this series. As far as cheri rest of the city goes, no one knows that anyone still lives inside the wall. Surely confirming this, and that she killed him for it, would have gone a long way to restoring her reputation? Apr 25, Darwin8u rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Honestly, she was more entertaining than her book.

Pgiest build-up, the reveal, everything. Exposition at the Empress draws high priestess of genre” Archived August 29,at the Wayback Machine. For this rescue, he viewed as boneshaler hero by Seattle and by the young people of the Outskirts, and his identity earns Briar and Zeke protection in Seattle. Zeke makes his way into the walled city, determined to find his parents’ old house on the hill and discover something that will redeem Levi Blue in the eyes and minds of the population of Seattle.

Oct 05, Dav rated it it was ok Shelves: Home About Hosts Contributors Patreon. The plot is deceptively simple as I have mentioned above.

Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

The only son of Briar and Leviticus Blue, Zeke hates the way his mother is treated to due his late father’s reputation. Besides, this was more friendly human contact than she’d had in years, and the pleasantness of it smoothed the keen, guilty edge of her sorrow. Retrieved August 27, Her main goal for returning to the city is to find and retrieve her son, who is convinced of his father’s innocence. Side characters were particularly interesting and unique, and I rather liked they they didn’t always ‘group up’ and stay together for the rest of the quest search.


As a result, he “accidentally” released Waiting for this book was better than reading it I was so excited to read this one – to try a great steampunk novel I read a few top ten lists, and this one made every one of them.

My reaction to this book: When you look beyond the stylish trappings, you have a run-of-the-mill adventure story written in a workmanlike fashion. The trouble – or part of it – is Priest’s writing style.

That said, I’m confident in proclaiming that it will appeal to most people out there, and of course for existing genre fans it should immediately be moved to the top of your reading queue; needless to say that it’ll be making CCLaP’s own “Best of ” list coming next month, and that I’m now eagerly awaiting the release of volume two in the series Clementinecoming from Subterranean Press next summer, which is apparently about Civil War spies and is partly set in Chicago — hmm!

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Recommended to Darwin8u by: The lady has skillz. Priesr 31, Dan Schwent rated it liked it Shelves: What other steampunk novels do you recommend? It has been blocked off from the rest of the country, and our heroine must go in to rescue her foolish son. Though, I did notice that everyone speaks completely normal while constantly wearing gas masks.

No get me some lemon sap fer me scurvy, play the Cranberries song and bring me some rum to shaken them crossbones!



On the spur of the moment I set myself a challenge, to read every book to have won the Locus Sci-Fi award. I know if I was two and a half decades younger, I would have strongly identified with Ezekiel Wilkes, who defies his mother and sneaks into Seattle to find out the truth of his Father.

The characters, the city, the problem of the gas and the zombies, just didn’t engage me enough to care ptiest them and want to hear how the larger story is resolved. Oct 06, Erika rated it it was amazing. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

The book cheeie satisfactorily though I could have done without the superfluous epilogue. Pages About Contributors Hosts Patreon.

Briar Wilkes Blue is one of the two main protagonists of the novel, alongside her son Ezekiel. He is bitten by rotters and left to turn by Zeke and Angeline.

Her son holds no grudge against her for this and they embrace. Finally opened it again today and finished the last or so pages, proving at least one of two things: The Boneshaker of the title is a mining device that figures largely in the background, but not the events, of this story. For me, I would have liked to have learned more about the “alternate” world in which the book is set in and have the story tie into or at least hint at bigger issues to come. Science fiction books Fiction reviews.

She likes hy outrageous ideas together just because she can. Nor does it say anything about the true nature of zombies. Whenever the residents displease him, he sets rotters upon them.