Overall: 89/100 or B
In the earlier years of the Civil War, there were rumors about the Klondike gold rush. Wagon fulls of newcomers came the Pacific Northwest. The Russian prospectors are anxious to compete. It is no surprise that they hire Leviticus Blue to create a machine that could drill through the ice. Dr. Blue creates a machine called the Boneshaker. The test of the machine causes for something to go wrong. Most of downtown Seattle is destroyed. A blight gas is released from deep in the Earth. If that wasn't enough, the blight gas causes anyone that breathes it in, to become a part of the living dead.
It is sixteen years later, a wall has been built to keep in the blight gas in. Blue's widow and son, Briar and Ezekiel live just beyond the wall. Ezekiel wants to learn more about his father, he goes on a quest to find out more about him in the city.His quest will take him under the wall and into a city teeming with ravenous undead, air pirates, criminal overlords, and heavily armed refugees. And only Briar can bring him out alive.
I don't read many adult novels, but Boneshaker has cross appeal for the young adult audience. Briar seems to be awesome and a very strong women. She is unique. Ezekiel was interesting and a strong teen guy. The plot for Boneshaker was interesting and entertaining. I liked the fact that you weren't sure what was going to happen. I am also excited for the next book in this series. I haven't read many steampunks books, but Priest did an awesome job manipulating history and creating a great storyline. Priest is an amazing writer and creating great characters and plot. I recommend that you check out this book, if you like history with a bit of zombies, you will enjoy this.