Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Let's Hear It for the Boys - Worldshaker by Richard Harland

Published: April 2010
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Pages: 388
Summary: Goodreads

Col lives on the Upper Decks of the juggernaut Worldshaker, a mobile city as big as a mountain. He has been chosen as next Supreme Commander - but then a girl, Filthy, escapes from Below and appears in his cabin. "Don't let 'em take me!" she begs.

Will he hand her over, or will he break all the rules? Col's safe, elite world is about to fall apart as he learns the terrible truth about the nature of his society in this steampunk novel by Richard Harland.

Richard Harland is the author of many fantasy, horror and science fiction novels for young readers, including the Eddon and Vail series, the Heaven and Earth trilogy, and the Wolf Kingdom quartet (winner of the Aurealis Award.) He lives in Australia. Visit him at richardharland.net.

I was at Chapters the other day when this title popped up in front of me.  The blurb on the book states:

" A page-turning, pulse-pounding read." - Kirkus Reviews
"Harland's steampunk alternate history is filled with oppression, class struggle, and war, showing their devastation on a personal level through Col's privileged eyes ... the writing is sharp and the story fast-paced." - Publishers Weekly

I haven't had a chance to read the copy I picked up yet, but it looked like a great suggestion for guys.  I'll post a review once I've had the chance to read it, but in the meantime if anyone else has, let us know what you thought.  It sounds a little like a cross between 'Across the Universe' and Inside Out'. 

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