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In the early days of the Civil War, rumors of gold in the frozen Klondike brought hordes of newcomers to the Pacific Northwest. Anxious to compete, Russian prospectors commissioned inventor Leviticus Blue to create a great machine that could mine through Alaska's ice. Thus was Dr. Blue's Incredible Bone-Shaking Drill Engine born.

But on its first test run the Boneshaker went terribly awry, destroying several blocks of downtown Seattle and unearthing a subterranean vein of blight gas that turned anyone who breathed it into the living dead.

Now it is sixteen years later, and a wall has been built to enclose the devastated and toxic city. Just beyond it lives Blue's widow, Briar Wilkes. Life is hard with a ruined reputation and a teenaged boy to support, but she and Ezekiel are managing. Until Ezekiel undertakes a secret crusade to rewrite history.

His quest will take him under the wall and into a city teeming with ravenous undead, air pirates, criminal overlords, and heavily armed refugees. And only Briar can bring him out alive.

Date Oct-2009
ISBN13 9780765318411
Publisher Tor
Formats Print / eBook / Audio
Pages 416
Time Period 19th Century, Civil War
Genre Speculative Fiction
Sub-Genres Science Fiction
Themes Alternative History, Steampunk
People / Creatures Zombies
Awards 2009 Publishers Weekly -- Starred Review (*), 2010 Locus Award -- Science Fiction (Winner), 2010 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award -- Regional Book (Winner), 2009 Nebula Award -- Novel (Nominee), 2010 Hugo Award -- Novel (Nominee), 2013 Grand Canyon Reader Award -- Teen (Recommended), 2013 Green Mountain Book Award -- Grades 9-12 (Nominee)