Image of Boneshaker


Image of Boneshaker

Like most steampunk authors, Priest feels no particular need to allow plausibility to interfere with the story she wants to tell. It's best not to think of the historical and technological details of this story; rather, simply enjoy a reasonably competent tale of a young man's coming of age.

Zeke is the son of legendary inventor Levi Blue, whose Boneshaker digging machine famously leveled much of 19th-century Seattle and released the toxic Blight across the ruins, forcing survivors to wall off the city.

Convinced that his father was not the villain history painted him as, Zeke finds his way into the ruins to look for evidence. There he's caught up in the machinations of Minnericht, an ambitious inventor who may or may not be Levi Blue himself. (TOR, Nov., 416 pp., $15.99)
Reviewed by: 
James Davis Nicoll