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The Boneshaker

By (author) Cherie Priest

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At the start of the Civil War, a Russian mining company commissions a great machine to pave the way from Seattle to Alaska and speed up the gold rush that is beating a path to the frozen north. Inventor Leviticus Blue creates the machine, but on its first test run it malfunctions, decimating Seattle's banking district and uncovering a vein of Blight Gas that turns everyone who breathes it into the living dead. Sixteen years later Briar, Blue's widow, lives in the poor neighborhood outside the wall that's been built around the uninhabitable city. Life is tough with a ruined reputation, but she and her teenage son Ezekiel are surviving - until Zeke impetuously decides that he must reclaim his father's name from the clutches of history.

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  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 137.16 x 205.74 x 33.02mm | 362.87g
  • 20 Oct 2009
  • St Martin's Press
  • Tor Books
  • New York
  • English
  • Original
  • maps
  • 0765318415
  • 9780765318411
  • 15,297

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Cherie Priest's "Boneshaker" was nominated for a Nebula and Hugo Award, won the Locus Award for best science-fiction novel, and was named Steampunk Book of the Year by steampunk.com. She is also the author of "Dreadnought," "Boneshaker"'s sequel, and of the near-contemporary fantasy "Fathom." She debuted to great acclaim with "Four and Twenty Blackbirds," "Wings to the Kingdom," and "Not Flesh Nor Feathers," a trilogy of Southern Gothic ghost stories featuring heroine Eden Moore. Born in Tampa, Florida, Priest earned her master's in rhetoric at the University of Tennessee. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband, Aric, and a fat black cat named Spain.

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A steampunk-zombie-airship adventure of rollicking pace and sweeping proportions, full of wonderfully gnarly details. This book is made of irresistible . It totally pushed all my buttons.--Scott Westerfeld, bestselling author of Uglies and Peeps"

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