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- Listening Length: 9 hours and 58 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 31 May 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008QNGKIE
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Yes, Richard Harland's steampunk adventure "Worldshaker" does not manage to do much that is new, but it does a fairly decent job exploring the setting of a vast, moving country. Hs lead characters are likable and well-developed, but unfortunately the morality ends up being too black-and-white for most teen readers.
Col Porpentine has just been named the successor of his grandfather, who is the commander of the Worldshaker (think a portable England). He lives the elite lifestyle of the upper classes, while mute "menials" serve them, and unseen "filthies" keep the Worldshaker constantly moving. Col has lived like this all his life, and his destiny seems to be set.
You can guess what happens: he encounters an escaped Filthy girl named Riff, which shatters Col's comfortable worldview. As he learns more about the Worldshaker and the cruelty of the people who command it, he also finds that his sympathies are rapidly shifting to the Filthies.
I love futuristic steampunk adventures, and I adore the Hungry City Chronicles. But "Worldshaker" just... didn't click for me. Perhaps it's the chasm-like divide between the villains and heroes -- the villains are Evilly Evil for the sake of Evilness, while the good guys are pure of heart. No subtlety, no shades of grey.
But despite the familiar premise, it is a well-developed story. Harland devotes a lot of time to the social strata of the Worldshaker, and the class war that is rapidly brewing from the lower decks -- as well as how the upper classes are trained not to even see the Filthies as humans. He does do a good job of that.Read more ›
Col is a character that I didn't really like too much at first, same as Riff, but I liked them more and more as the book progressed. The main problem I had with Col was when he realised he loved Riff, and had many different childish daydreams about her, which didn't really reflect on his personality. I think with Riff was that she comes and goes very quickly, so it would have been good to read a chapter or so on her thoughts to connect with her better.
The other characters are very colourful and my particular favourites were Col's crazy teacher, Mr Gibber and a girl who we get to know better later in the book, Sephaltina. They were completely crazy! Mr Gibber in particular, who was constantly ranting and raving about immoral angles and various other bad things, when he wasn't whacking desks or himself with his canes. Sephaltina seemed to want to be the perfect partner, wondering if she should turn her head one way or the other and fainting on cue. Some of the other crazy characters were less funny and more horrifying though. Ebinolia, Col's Grandmother, was probably the most mentally disturbed. I think I'll have nightmares of her!
The book is quite a slow read though, and I did have to drag myself through some parts.Read more ›
The concept of the book is a cross between "Mortal Engines" series and "Orphans of the Stars". The character development of Col and Riff are excellent, and leave you wanting to find out how things will finally work out between these two protagonists.
Anyone who has suffered at the hands of Bullies at school will be able to relate to the experiences of Col as he tries to evade those who want to "Beat him up".
The ending was rather contrived, and the "Worldshaker" universe is rapidly changed. Not sure if things would continue as it is hinted in the book. However it was a nice bit of escapism, and I look forward to reading the next one in the series.
Many of the characters are almost charactures & the story is extremely slow to develop.
Mortal Engines takes a similar idea & does it SO much better.