This weekend I finally turned the last page of Cherie Priest’s Boneshaker. Â It took me nearly two months to polish this one off, and I feel like I both enjoyed it and didn’t enjoy it at the same time.
First off, the book contains two elements I like: steampunk and zombies. Â The story is thus: In 1880s America (or there about), Seattle has been partly/largely destroyed by an event in which a machine ranÂ amok, dug a giant hole under the city causing the release of some weird gas that makes people sick and turns them to zombies. Â The remains of the city are walled up and a small industry has risen from the distillation of the gas into other products (drugs mostly). Â People still live in the walled city, pumping in safe air from high up (the weird gas is heavy and sits within the walls like liquid in a bowl) and using gas masks when needing to venture outside. Â The son of the man responsible, having never known his father, enters the city to learn more, and his mother goes in after him. Â Overall, a well formed world is crafted by Priest and the elements of the tale are interesting. Â If you really love zombies or steampunk, I recommend the book.
On the other hand, if you aren’t hardcore into either or both, I might wave you off. Â Priest’s book is dense. Â She is working hard to craft a world here, and sometimes I felt like that got in the way of the story. Â Numerous times, for me, the book came to a halt while she took the time to describe objects and places and how things were. Â In stark contrast, her action sequences were quick and lively, and made the non-action seem that much slower. Â Because of this, it may not be everyone’s cup of tea.
So, I cautiously recommend Boneshaker. Â I enjoyed it overall, but at times felt like I was slogging through it just to finish.