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This multi-award-winning steampunk novel, set in alternate-history 1880s Seattle, features dirigibles, mad scientists, and zombies, but also a loving mother-son relationship between the two main characters. So often in stories featuring young adult characters the parents are either absent or oblivious, so for me Boneshaker was a refreshing change. Young Zeke Wilkes travels into the heart of the zombie-filled city to try and clear his father of the blame for causing the outbreak. Zeke's mother Briar follows behind, determined to rescue her son. Set in a world where technology has moved left instead of right, this story will twist your perceptions.
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