I ve been having difficulty writing a review for this book though I m not sure whyIn short I thought it was an enjoyable romp even if many of the elements were rather familiar Mr Harland captures the stuffiness of Victorian principles well and yet manages to make some of his pper class characters empathetic His writing is crisp and he generally kept things moving forward at a good clip while managing to toss in some character developmentAre there cliches involved and has Mr Harland liberally thieved From A Number Of a number of Well yes At it s core Worldshaker is a Romeo and Juliet Harland liberally thieved from a number of sources Well yes At it s core Worldshaker is a Romeo and Juliet with a revolution thrown in I ve avoided Les Miserables but I suspect this would seem much the same in many ways There is a bit of My Fair Lady for those who know it and some of the characters are cut from very comfortable bits of cloth t I don t really know how I feel about this book I My Wings usually love dystopian novels but this whole story was hard to believe A ship the size of a city moves around the world with a variety of inhabitants onboard The population of people is madep of the pper class citizens including Colbert the main male character the menials the servants to the pper class and the filthies including Riff the main female character who are considered a different species Colbert is raised to believe that the pper class citizens are at the top and all others should bow to them Riff escapes the solitude of down below where the filthies are kept and ends p in Col s room A connection forms and Col begins to realize that maybe everything he thought he knew isn t true I couldn t seem to figure out what time frame this book takes place The information provided mentions that the ship has been around for 100 years and was created in the early 1700 s There are also parts that mention industrialized things like working cranes and automatic lights which leads me to believe they are in a later time period I was also confused as to what area this population of people come from Col s family members have an English accent and the work breeches is mentioned numerous times But then one of the filthies speaks like a country person These random details made it very hard to follow along with what was going on I like Col and Riff as individual characters but for the most part their personalities were very weak A romance sparks but I was left feeling very lackluster in regards to their chemistry It was for school So yeah I should probably declare that Richard Harland is a good friend of mine and so I really really wanted to like this book Luckily I loved it I ve been told it s a YA steam punk novel. Col lives on the Upper Decks of the juggernaut Worldshaker a mobile city as big as a mountain He has been chosen as. Steam punk is not a new genre but it s hot at the moment and once s hot at the moment and once realised it simply meant books set in a sort of alternative Victorian world with lots of steam propelled gadgets and frockcoats and corsets I knew I d enjoy it It s an action packed novel full of humour and drama and Dickensian characters and it really deserves its success Harland s Worldshaker is a dystopian steampunk adventure aimed at young adult readers Although it is targeted at a younger audience I found this novel to be an entertaining and worthwhile read that I finished in one sittingA steampunk coming of age storyWorldshaker tells the story of Col Porpentine grandson of Sir Mormus Porpentine Supreme Commander of the industrial juggernaut Worldshaker Col lives a privileged yet sheltered life on the elite Die Pharaonin upper decks of the immense moving city while sub human workers known as Filthies toil below Chosen to succeed his grandfather one day and bring honor to his family Col s life seems to be on track Howevernbeknownst to him his safe stable world is doomed to fall apart when an escaped female Filthy chooses his cabin as a hiding place Despite her wild appearance and lack of personal hygiene the Filthy called Riff doesn t seem that different from anyone else and most shocking of all she can speak No matter how hard he tries Col cannot escape the knowledge that life as he knows it is based on a lie Further he hasn t seen the last of the Filthies and the events that follow will have him estioning everything he once believed in both about his society and himselfA familiar tale with a refreshing twistCombining elements of romance satire and adventure Worldshaker focuses on the relationship between the protagonists Col and Riff and Col s resultant awakening to the rampant injustice within his society While the concepts of star crossed love and a challenge to an individual s preconceived worldviews are hardly new to literature Harland writes with such wit and humor that these familiar concepts feel fresh and exciting He also adds his own surprising twists to the that these familiar concepts feel fresh and exciting He also adds his own surprising twists to the tale ranging from the inevitable to the downright bizarreCol and Riff are likeable surprising twists to the familiar tale ranging from the inevitable to the downright bizarreCol and Riff are likeable believably flawed and are supported by a colorful cast of irky secondary characters each with their own niue charm Undoubtedly some exist for the sake of parody than others drawing attention to various follies within society and human nature Nevertheless while they may initially seem like humorous caricatures than real people most develop greater depth as the story progresses becoming much relatable as a result I also thought it was nice to see a Romeo an. Next Supreme Commander but then a girl Filthy escaped from Below and appeared in his cabin “Don’t let ’em ta.
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May Not Be The Only Writer Tonot be the only writer to this variation on traditional gender roles I thought it added another layer to the narrative and fit in well with the rest of the storyA irky world with plenty of surprisesWorldshaker s setting is niue and fascinating despite the fact that the story takes uniue and fascinating despite the fact that the story takes entirely within the self contained world of the industrial behemoth The pper decks are populated by stuffy pper class English society with stiff manners and a rigid social class system In contrast the lower decks are a perilous wasteland of coal machinery and furnaces where a single slip could cost one their life We are also given some intriguing hints as to the history of Harland s world and the existence of similar moving cities manned by the populations of different developed countries Overall I was left with a strong desire to learn about the world outside Worldshaker which without giving away too much happily features prominently in the seuel Liberator Readers who prefer all aspects worldbuilding to be backed p with scientific explanation may be in for an GameMaker Studio Book - RPG Design and Coding unpleasant surprise but those willing to suspend disbelief and have a bit of fun will enjoy theirky humor and sharp slightly satirical wit Much like the maze of hidden compartments and secret rooms that characterize Harland s juggernaut the story itself contains some genuine surprises The plot itself is not shy in taking The Diary of Jack the Ripper unforeseen directions and characters you thought you knew freuently reveal new aspects of their personalities both for the better and the worseOn a slightly darker noteDon t make the mistake however of thinking that Worldshaker is nothing but a lighthearted romp There are serious concepts explored and darker moments throughout the novel Themes of betrayal prejudice revolution and oppressionnderlie the plot and even the humorous parts of the novel have a slightly darker edge than you might find in most books aimed at a similar age groupWhy should you read this bookI recommend Worldshaker to anyone with an interest in the steampunk genre anyone who enjoys irky stories with a healthy dose of humor and conventional fantasy fans looking for a change of pace While the plot may seem a little simple for some older readers I believe the niue writing style and wit provide adeuate compensation I definitely consider Worldshaker a worthwhile read and the seuel Liberator which I read immediately after is even better. Ke me” she begsWill he hand her over or will he break all the rules Col’s safe elite world is about to fall apa.