Thursday, January 13, 2011
Review: Boneshaker by Cherie Priest
Briar and Zeke try to move on but are still treated with scorn. Unfortunately, Briar’s lack of openness with Zeke in regards to what happened to Leviticus leads him to believe that he can clear the family name by going back into what’s left of Seattle and proving his father wasn’t the cause of the disaster. After Briar finds out what Zeke has done she goes in after her him. While in the city she discovers something far scarier than the blight and the rotters… Dr. Minnericht. Who is this man? Briar’s ex-husband, Leviticus, or just a mad man who runs Seattle? And what does he want form Briar? This is when the story kicks in and you’re not sure who to trust. I give unto you one spoiler…..don’t trust rotters. Duh…
Briar is one of the first female characters I’ve read that comes across as realistic to me in the sense that she is not meek nor is she a superhero; she does what she has to do to save her son. She learns from any mistakes she makes. I really liked when she went into the city to find Zeke and particularly the friendship she forms with Seattle resident, Swakhammer, a big lug of a guy that helps her find Zeke. Briar reminded me of my all-time favorite kick ass movie heroine: Ripley from Aliens – once her maternal instincts kicked in she did whatever she had to do to survive and protect Newt. Now imagine Ripley in the world from the movie Escape from NY and you'll have a good idea of what Boneshaker is like.
I enjoyed how Priest created the world using familiar sites and times in history but with steampunk elements and found myself engrossed in the dialogue and the world she created. Now that’s not to say everything is perfect. I would say my biggest disappointment was the ending. It seemed too convenient as compared to complexities leading up to it. I do think those complexities offset the disappointing ending and I would still recommend it but it was a bit of a letdown.
I also enjoyed the Authors Note at the end which basically tells the historian buffs out there who are complaining about the historical inaccuracies to get over the fact that she has taken liberties in writing this novel. As Priest says, “I realize that the story is a bit of a twisted stretch, but honestly – isn’t that what steampunk is for?”
Rating: 3 of 4
Author's website: http://www.cheriepriest.com/
Buy the book! Boneshaker (Sci Fi Essential Books)