Synopses & Reviews
A crossroads can be a place of great power. So begins this deliciously spine-tingling prequel to Kate Milfordandrsquo;s The Boneshaker, set in the colorful world of nineteenth-century Coney Island and New York City. Few crossroads compare to the one being formed by the Brooklyn Bridge and the East River, and as the bridgeandrsquo;s construction progresses, forces of unimaginable evil seek to bend that power to their advantage. Only two orphans with unusual skills stand in their way. Can the teenagers Sam, a card sharp, and Jin, a fireworks expert, stop them before itandrsquo;s too late? Here is a richly textured, slow-burning thriller about friendship, courage, and the age-old fight between good and evil.
andquot;This seamless blend of fantasy and historical fiction is ripe with rich, gritty detail . . . Readers will be captivated.andquot;
* andquot;A true delight to fans of history, fantasy, and the triumph of good.andquot;
andmdash;Bulletin, starred review
andquot;This spine-tingling, action-packed, and emotionally powerful prequel to The Boneshaker (Clarion, 2010) can stand on its own and has much to offer discerning readers.andquot;
andmdash;School Library Journal
andquot;Thrilling, gothic, gorgeous. Milford can conjure spirits as well as any of the mysterious wanderers who travel through her world.andquot;
andmdash;Adam Gidwitz, author of A Tale Dark and Grimm
andldquo;A glimpse into a past that feels frighteningly real, The Broken Lands explodes off the page with unforgettable moments of skin-crawling terror and heart-stopping bravery. It thrilled me, enchanted me, terrified me, and by the end, made me fall in love.andrdquo;
andmdash;Robin Wasserman, author of The Book of Blood and Shadow
andquot;The Broken Lands weaves hobo and drifter legends, post-Civil War Americana, and Coney Islandand#39;s tawdry history into a desperately romantic, canand#39;t-put-it-down scary tale of young love and ancient magic. A superb second novel, rich, complex, and beautifully written.andquot;
andmdash;Chris Moriarty, author of The Inquisitorand#39;s Apprentice
andquot;If Milfordand#39;s The Boneshaker was a combination of Ray Bradbury and American folk legends, its prequel must be what you get when fairy tales meet E.L. Doctorow.andquot;
andmdash;Elizabeth Bird, Youth Materials Collections Specialist, The New York Public Library
andquot;This book held me hostage for the majority of time I was reading it; it was impossible to put it down. The Broken Lands was one of the best books I have ever read.andquot;
andmdash;Kyle, grade 6
Now in paperback, the New York Times bestselling launch of Westerfeld's masterful series that SLJ reviewd as "sure to become a classic."
It is the cusp of World War I. The Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their Clankers, steam-driven iron machines loaded with guns and ammunition. The British Darwinists employ genetically fabricated animals as their weaponry. Their Leviathan
is a whale airship, and the most masterful beast in the British fleet.
Aleksandar Ferdinand, a Clanker, and Deryn Sharp, a Darwinist, are on opposite sides of the war. But their paths cross in the most unexpected way, taking them both aboard the Leviathan on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure... One that will change both their lives forever.
A fast-paced and richly textured historical fantasy, this prequel to The Boneshaker centers around the seedy underworld of Coney Island, the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge, and the two orphans who are determined to stop evil forces from claiming the city of New York.
About the Author
Scott Westerfeld is the author of the Leviathan series, the first book of which was the winner of the 2010 Locus Award for Best Young Adult Fiction. His other novels include the andlt;Iandgt;New York Timesandlt;/Iandgt; bestseller andlt;Iandgt;Afterworldsandlt;/Iandgt;, the worldwide bestsellingandlt;Iandgt; andlt;/Iandgt;Uglies series, andlt;Iandgt;The Last Daysandlt;/Iandgt;, andlt;Iandgt;Peepsandlt;/Iandgt;, andlt;Iandgt;So Yesterdayandlt;/Iandgt;, and the Midnighters trilogy. Visit him at ScottWesterfeld.com or follow him on Twitter at @ScottWesterfeld.andlt;bandgt;Keith Thompsonandlt;/bandgt;and#8217;s work has appeared in books, magazines, TV, video games, and films. See his work at KeithThompsonArt.com.