How do I love Publishers Weekly? Let me count the ways:
Starred review [!!!OMG!!!!] Boneshaker, Cherie Priest. Tor, $15.99 paper (416p) ISBN 978-0-7653-1841-1
Maternal love faces formidable challenges in this stellar steampunk tale. In an alternate 1880s America, mad inventor Leviticus Blue is blamed for destroying Civil Warâ€“era Seattle. When Zeke Wilkes, Blueâ€™s son, goes into the walled wreck of a city to clear his fatherâ€™s name, Zekeâ€™s mother, Briar Wilkes, follows him in an airship, determined to rescue her son from the toxic gas that turns people into zombies (called rotters and described in gut-churning detail). When Briar learns that Seattle still has a mad inventor, Dr. Minnericht, who eerily resembles her dead husband, a simple rescue quickly turns into a thrilling race to save Zeke from the man who may be his father. Intelligent, exceptionally well written and showcasing a phenomenal strong female protagonist who embodies the complexities inherent in motherhood, this yarn is a must-read for the discerning steampunk fan. (Oct.)
I am so happy and relieved and overjoyed that I scarcely know where to begin, except to say THANK YOU to the readers and editors over at PW, and then to add this: Boneshaker will actually be available in September.
It was originally pushed as being an October title,* but due to some happy circumstances and twists of scheduling, it will now be out a bit earlier than that … in just a few short weeks! I am so psyched about this that I can barely sit still, and no, that’s not an exaggeration.
Okay. Squeeing accomplished. Sorry to be so brief, but I have to get some work done and tackle some errands before running somebody to the airport.
[:: crosses arms ::]
[:: blinks like a genie ::]
[:: disappears in poof of gleeful pink smoke ::]
* Thus PW’s designation of it as an October book; and since I’ve been seeing a lot of other places discuss Boneshaker as an October book also, this is as good an opportunity as any to set the record straight. Or rather, to update it.