Saturday, January 16, 2010
Boneshaker by Cherie Priest
Genre: Steampunk, sci-fi, alternate history
FTC Disclosure: bought from Dragons and Fairytales
Content: PG-13 for zombie violence and some mild swearing with no f-bombs
This book was fantastic! I was hooked from the start with images of Seattle walled up and streaming with zombies and a zombie-turning gas, airships and air pirates and the Civil War going on forever in the East. Even the ink on the page is in a sepia type ink so it makes you feel even more apart of the world she has created.
Briar Wilkes and her son live on the Outskirts of the walled up Seattle and struggling to make a living...see it was her husband Dr. Blue that created the Boneshaker that caused the terrible destruction to Seattle and the people within. But her son Zeke wants to know more about his father and maybe even to clear his name so he sneaks inside the wall one night hoping to find the evidence he needs. Things never go as planned and it's up to his mother Briar to rescue him.
And of course, along the way they meet all sorts of characters good and bad and zombies. The book starts with Briar and Zeke together and once they get separated a different chapter is devoted to each and leads us up to where they reunite...it's pretty clever.
It's an intriguing story whether or not you are a sci-fi fan...it's fast and engrossing and enjoyed every minute of it! Cherie Priest, I want more!