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Boneshaker is an interesting alternate-history/science-fiction/steampunk novel because it doesn't try to explain absolutely everything about the world it's taking place in. The world is, there's the feeling, the way it is, and searching too hard for explanations is hardly worth it. So, we're in a world where a Civil War-era Seattle has been devastated by a gaseous Blight, unleashed by Leviticus Blue's titular Boneshaker, a tunneling machine. Now Blue's son has gone into the city to see if he can redeem his father's name and his ex-wife has to venture into the city to save her son. There are zombies and airships and swashing and buckling. And hard truths and family revelations.

FuzzyCo grade: A