Boneshaker (Clockwork Century Series #1)

Boneshaker (Clockwork Century Series #1)

by Cherie Priest
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Boneshaker (Clockwork Century Series) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 383 reviews.
SteveTheDM More than 1 year ago
Boneshaker is the story of Briar Wilkes searching for her son Zeke in walled-in Seattle swarming with zombies and the deadly fumes that transform the living into the walking dead. Oh, and did I mention that this is a steampunk alternate-history setting? This story has the most intriguing and fascinating setup of any novel I've read in the past few years, and the world that Priest has created is well worth exploring. The story itself is basically a time-pressure rescue story, with a strong sub-plot of searching for family history. The narrative flips back and forth between Briar and Zeke, as they each explore the deadly downtown Seattle. It works, and it's fun. Ultimately, though, I wound up caring a lot more about the world than about the protagonists of the story... Which is unfortunate. The middle of the novel dragged a bit, but did manage to pick up by the end. Boneshaker has also been nominated for a 2010 Hugo award (while I was reading it, which made me feel like I was a trend-setter for once...). 4 of 5 stars.
Kooly More than 1 year ago
Can there be science fiction in the gold rush era? You bet. Facinating story with old and "new" sciences mixed together with zombies. These zombies are a little bit like the ones in WW-Z. Made me find a map of Seattle. My neighbor, from Seattle, was not familiar with the wall. All the adventures in ruined skyscrapers and deep tunnel work out. The characters all work out well. A good page turner, I have no complaints.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1863 in Seattle, Washington Territory, Russians hearing rumors of gold in the Yukon and Alaska Territories hire scientist Leviticus Blue to invent a device to obtain the precious metal buried under the frozen tundra. He creates Dr. Blue's Incredible Bone-Shaking Drill Engine; a steam-powered machine that drills through the thickest layers of ice to extract gold. He beta tests his gizmo in downtown Seattle, but something goes awry leaving several dead people from the ensuing accident and a stripped mining like hole that emits an eerie looking gas dubbed Blight as it turned nearby breathers into "rotter", fresh flesh eating predators. Almost two decades later, Leviticus' son Zeke Wilkes wants to clear his dead father's blighted reputation. He sneaks inside the walled containment zone with his concerned mother Briar in pursuit as she fears her offspring will turn into one of those putrefying rotters. However, her fears turn into mortification when she learns that mad scientist inventor Dr. Minnericht looks like the identical twin of her late husband and he seems to have taken a fatherly interested in her child. This is a great Zombie alternate America thriller that hooks the readers from the moment that Dr. Blue turns on his machine and never takes even a gruesome puke break. The story line is fast-paced yet the three prime characters are fully developed though the rotters are what the BONESHAKER is all about. One should not read this on a full stomach unless a toilet is nearby as the descriptions are bone-shaking and breaking steampunk. .Readers will relish Cherie Priest's sensational Seattle saga as a mom without apple pie battles zombies, mad scientists and other ilk to rescue her cub. Harriet Klausner
Neutrino More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  It was my first read in the steampunk genre and it has piqued my interest to read more of this genre type. I read Dreadnought, another in this series and enjoyed it as well.  Steampunk, zombies, pirates in zeppelins,  what more can you ask for  in a steampunk adventure? Very fun read
Heidi_G More than 1 year ago
Thanks to the Seattle Public Library for hiding this book at Bird on a Wire Espresso for me to find, part of SPL's Steampunk Summer 2011 teen reading program. The day I finished the book, I was able to meet Cherie Priest at an author event in Seattle. So bonus all the way around! Being a Seattle resident, I was thrilled to read a book set in long-ago Seattle, albeit with some historical facts changed; those changes are noted in the book although this was not so for early editions. The airships, zombies, and mechanical devices intrigued me. The relationship between Zeke and his mom, Briar, was agonizing to read about as it was so distant. But Briar risks everything to save her boy so the ending ties up nicely. In the middle, the rotters threaten both of them. Such fun, lots of action, lots of emotion. A great read.
William Meese More than 1 year ago
I had read the second book 'clementine' first. I think 'Steampunk' is just not for me.
xander7679 More than 1 year ago
This book is superbly written with in depth characters and a strong plot. Those new to the steampunk genre will lve this book as well as those that are already fans. I can't wait for cherie priests next book!
BrockLauterbach More than 1 year ago
A terrible accident leads to the walling up of Seattle, as noxious gas turns fleeing citizens to zombies. Trying to resurrect his father's reputation, a young man enters into the walled city and his mother attempts to bring him home alive, holding deep within her own dangerous secret. I enjoyed the premise and the storyline, although the zombies seemed almost like an afterthought, a way to develop another element of danger to the otherwise exciting tale. The characters were believable and the conflict unrevealed until the end, although you knew that there had to be more to the mother than she let on. Boneshaker did what I want in a book, though, it made me want more! What happens next?!
DuaneKaiser More than 1 year ago
I just finished BONESHAKER this morning. I was late for work, but it was worth it. I have read all of Cherie's novels, and must say that I enjoyed this one the best. It was an action-packed, heart-pounding, rollicking great time. The main characters were so vividly written that I felt they were in the room with me sometimes. I felt the atmosphere was a character in itself, and I was inclined to keep all my lights on. It was a real page-turner, and right up until the last page, my knuckles were white and I had to almost pry my fingers from the covers. It left me wanting more, and am so happy that there will be more stories set in this alternate universe called Clockwork Century. I just hope that she keeps the strong female charaters front and center in the future novels. I loved Lucy and Princess! I know that Cherie heard this already, but if this were made into a movie, I would overcome my fear of theatres, and be the first in line to see it. I am now a fan of steampunk! Great work Cherie. You deserve all the praise and awards that are coming your way. I rave about your writing to all my friends that will listen. I hope it was okay to write my little review here. Cheers and keep writing! A huge fan in Nova Scotia.
synde More than 1 year ago
Cherie Priest puts a new twist on a worn genre. Her take on Steampunk is fresh and terrifying. Boneskaker is chocked full of space pirates,dirigibles, psychotic captains and zombies. Set in Seattle it features many of our famous landmarks in new horrific ways. This book is Preist's breakout novel, smart, fresh and fabulous. Remember her name, she's a celebrity in the making. Tight writing and witty dialog make this novel a must. Pre-order this book you won't be sorry. Oh and wait til you see the cover..it says it all, for reals!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great read and a great combination of horror writing and real crime. Loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please continue!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pleas continue writing i loved it. If you want some ideas or need a kickstart.....contact me with the name Sopronia
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I actaly don't care for the whole zombie genre genre, and this is not 100% perfect or in my list of faves, but this was sure well paced and entertaing! Sequels are fun too
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This is a MUST READ.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Characters not interesting. Surprise ending not really a surprise.
Rick_WeberFan More than 1 year ago
Good story. Excellent pacing. Solid, well-defined and believeable characters. Definite page turner. I'd never read Priest before and have only begun a dalliance with the steampunk sub-genre recently. This is steampunk only around the edges. You hardly notice it, frankly. As I said, I'd not read this author before. I have an appointment this afternoon to begin another of hers. She's an impressive author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was interested at first then got about 1/3 through and was completely bored. There's a lot of good ideas but not executed very well.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I came upon this author after checking out a few other books in this genre I have always been so fascinated with. Priest does a fantastic job of delivering an alternate 1800s steampunk world set in Seattle unlike many other stories focusing on Victorian England. I can honestly say that I breezed the book faster than is usual for me (considering I am constantly reading multiple books at a time) and that I just kept getting drawn to continue reading. A highly recommended read I'd say.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Boneshaker introduces you to the wild world of a Seattle that has become ground zero for the zombie plague. While some of the dialogue feels a little stilted at times, the characters and setting more than make up for it. The walled up city and its mysterious inhabitants are only the beginning. Briar Wilkes is one tough mama and no one, not even a band of zombie Rotters is going to stop her from finding her son. A strong start to a good series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago