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ISBN13: 9780765329479
ISBN10: 0765329476
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Rector “Wreck ‘em” Sherman was orphaned as a toddler in the Blight of 1863, but that was years ago. Wreck has grown up, and on his eighteenth birthday, hell be cast out out of the orphanage.

And Wrecks problems arent merelyabout finding a home. Hes been quietly breaking the cardinal rule of any good drug dealer and dipping into his own supply of the sap he sells. Hes also pretty sure hes being haunted by the ghost of a kid he used to know—Zeke Wilkes, who almost certainly died six months ago. Zeke would have every reason to pester Wreck, since Wreck got him inside the walled city of Seattle in the first place, and that was probably what killed him.Maybe its only a guilty conscience, but Wreck cant take it anymore, so he sneaks over the wall.
 
The walled-off wasteland of Seattle is every bit as bad as hed heard, chock-full of the hungry undead and utterly choked by the poisonous, inescapable yellow gas. And then there's the monster. Rector's pretty certain that whatever attacked him was not at all human—and not a rotter, either. Arms far too long. Posture all strange. Eyes all wild and faintly glowing gold and known to the locals as simpley "The Inexplicables."
 
In the process of tracking down these creatures, Rector comes across another incursion through the wall—just as bizarre but entirely attributable to human greed. It seems some outsiders have decided  there's gold to be found in the city and they're willing to do whatever it takes to get a piece of the pie unless Rector and his posse have anything to do with it.

Review:

"Rector 'Wreck 'Em' Sherman is an 18-year-old dealer of and addict to sap, a narcotic distilled from the poisonous gas that destroyed the walled-in city of Seattle. Six months after the events of Boneshaker (2009), Rector has no prospects and is haunted by the phantom of a boy he's sure he sent to die. He finds his way into Seattle, inhabited now by zombies, criminals, and the Doornails, stubborn holdouts who have scraped out a tenuous existence in the ruins, and is quickly enmeshed in strangeness and trouble as people are stalked by a monstrous being, and out-of-town criminals try to take control of the city and the sap trade. Rector's story is an old-fashioned boys' adventure, and Priest's alternate 1880 is as intriguing and enjoyable as ever, but the pacing is slack, and Rector is a more passive protagonist than the vibrant leads of her other three Clockwork Century books. Newcomers would be advised to begin at the beginning. Agent: Jennifer Jackson, the Donald Maass Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

The fifth book in the Clockwork Century steampunk adventure series that started with Cherie Priest's Boneshaker

About the Author

CHERIE PRIEST is the author of Four and Twenty Blackbirds; Boneshaker, the first book in the Clockwork Century series; and several other novels. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

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The Lost Entwife, December 6, 2013 (view all comments by The Lost Entwife)
If there is a series that I am an evangelist for, it's Cherie Priest's Clockwork Century books. The moment any friend expresses an interest, passing or intent, the first word out of my mouth is Boneshaker. I have been reading Priest's books since Boneshaker was released and while some are stronger than others, each of them is enough to fan my addiction to her writing to an even higher level. The Inexplicables is no different.

Imagine my delight when I began reading and was immediately transported back to the world of Zeke and Boneshaker. I knew I recognized the name of Rector "Wreck-em" Sherman and soon it became apparent why. I may or may not have giggled a bit as I dove back into the dangerous world of Seattle and read about names that I not only know, but know intimately from their stories in the previous novels. It felt like I was greeting old friends.

I have a habit of putting books by favorite authors aside until they meet one of two criteria. 1. That they have another book out that I can put in the bank for the perfect day, or 2. that I just can't hold off and desperately need a fix. Reading The Inexplicables met both of those criteria - but mostly when I saw that Fiddlehead was being released (and it's the final installment, y'all - I'm heartbroken) I knew it was time to dive in.

Reading the books of The Clockwork Century is an experience. The pages are soft, the typeface is sepia, there is artwork at each chapterhead and the books are pleasant to hold in the hand. And then there's the story. Rector's story in The Inexplicables is one of intrigue, addiction, reaching the bottom and climbing up, forming friendships and maintaining them, independence, and finally heroism. There's so much action, a touch of romance that had me laughing out loud with delight, and - of course - loads upon loads of steampunk goodness.

I am fairly certain that Priest has infused her books with her own fictional sap because that's how addicted I've become to this world. I dread saying goodbye to it with Fiddlehead, but in the meantime I'll continue to crusade for it and bask in the non-fatal, totally normal (right?) afterglow of having read a book by one of my favorite authors.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780765329479
Author:
Priest, Cherie
Publisher:
Tor Books
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy
Subject:
Alternative History
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
4
Publication Date:
20121131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Rector 'Wreck 'Em' Sherman is an 18-year-old dealer of and addict to sap, a narcotic distilled from the poisonous gas that destroyed the walled-in city of Seattle. Six months after the events of Boneshaker (2009), Rector has no prospects and is haunted by the phantom of a boy he's sure he sent to die. He finds his way into Seattle, inhabited now by zombies, criminals, and the Doornails, stubborn holdouts who have scraped out a tenuous existence in the ruins, and is quickly enmeshed in strangeness and trouble as people are stalked by a monstrous being, and out-of-town criminals try to take control of the city and the sap trade. Rector's story is an old-fashioned boys' adventure, and Priest's alternate 1880 is as intriguing and enjoyable as ever, but the pacing is slack, and Rector is a more passive protagonist than the vibrant leads of her other three Clockwork Century books. Newcomers would be advised to begin at the beginning. Agent: Jennifer Jackson, the Donald Maass Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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The fifth book in the Clockwork Century steampunk adventure series that started with Cherie Priest's Boneshaker

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