Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Audible Sample
Playing...
Loading...
Paused

Worldshaker Audio Download – Unabridged

3.3 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

See all 17 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Audio Download, Unabridged
"Please retry"
£0.00
Free with your Audible trial

Read & Listen

Switch between reading the Kindle book & listening to the Audible narration with Whispersync for Voice.
Get the Audible audiobook for the reduced price of £3.49 after you buy the Kindle book.
  • Includes this title for free
  • Choose from 200,000+ titles
  • After 30 days, Audible is £7.99/mth
  • Cancel anytime.

Sold and delivered by Audible, an Amazon company


Product details

Customer Reviews

3.3 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Feb. 2014
Format: Paperback
Q: What do you get if you take the Hungry City Chronicles and remove most of the subtlety from them?
A: "Worldshaker."

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 ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
Worldshaker is a Dystopian Steampunk (ish) story of an upper-class boy who falls in love with a girl from the Lower Classes, and the consequences of his actions. Worldshaker is the name of the massive ship that Col lives on, and it's powered by the 'Filthies' below, who the Upper-Classes just assume are little more than animals. Col discovers Riff around the same time that he learns the truth of his World, and together they start a war that will change the lives of everyone onboard.

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 ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
First off, I would like to say that I enjoyed this book so much that I ordered the sequel.
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.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I didn't realise that this is a book for primary school kids!
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.
Poor.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse