Thursday, June 2, 2011

Worldshaker by Richard Harland–ESSENTIAL

Harland, Richard Worldshaker, 240 pgs. Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 2010. $11.89. Language-G (Swear Count: 0); Violence-PG; Sexual content:G.
Steampunk at its best, this book features a city size juggernaut that comprise almost an entire world for its characters. They never leave. Col is set to one day become the supreme commander, but in the meantime must deal with going to school, a jealous sister, and his growing curiosity. When a chance encounter leads Col into the path a renegade fithy (mindless slaves that run the ship), his worldview comes crashing into reality. Will he help her? Can he change his world?
The character writing was excellent. Col has a very fluid progression from the boy he was into the man he will become. Even briefly featured characters have been given life and personality. There are some absolutely chilling moments in this story. There are some lessons here about prejudice and system busting that don't overwhelm the story. Combined with an engaging story and intriguing plot, this was an excellent read. First book in a series too!
MS-Essential. Reviewer: Stephanie MLS graduate.

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