Unpaved, uneven trails pretended to be roads; they tied the nation's coasts together like laces holding a boot, binding it with crossed strings and crossed fingers.
–Cherie Priest - Boneshaker - c.2009,2012
The Clockwork Century ; book 1
Sixteen years ago the city of Seattle was turned into a virtually uninhabitable wasteland. In an attempt to develop a mining machine Leviticus Blue created the Boneshaker, and drilled under the city, deep into the earth below, and released a gas. This Blight killed anyone who inhaled it, and then turned them into rotters, roaming the city looking for flesh.
So the people who escaped the Blight built a wall around Seattle to keep the gas in, but for some reason people always want to go where they shouldn’t. And now Briar Wilkes is heading back into the city looking for her son.
Around a year ago I read and loved Priest’s Maplecroft and in the comments Renay recommended I try Boneshaker, it got added to Mount TBR, and here I am, almost exactly 12 months later, finally getting around to reading it.
And I liked it. I liked it a lot, but I didn’t love it quite so much as Maplecroft. Part of the reason may be that I was really busy when I started reading it, and was forced into reading little ittly bits, so never got a proper chance to sink my teeth into the story and really get immersed in it all.
Because, as I say, I really liked a lot about it.
I though Briar Wilkes was a great character. I totally got her motivation and character; she’d made mistakes but was doing the best she could to survive, and to raise her boy right. And so her decision to return to the city was perfect. But Zeke, him I was a little less fond of. Maybe a bit harsh of me considering he is only a boy, and he is what Briar raised him to be, for better and for worse. I didn’t dislike him, I just didn’t like him.
I did really like the world of the Blight and the rotters, and the whole steampunk-edness of it all. And I think that it a story that could really be built upon, so I think I will, at the very least, give the second book in the series a try.