By Cherie Priest
In the early days of the Civil struggle, rumors of gold within the frozen Klondike introduced hordes of beginners to the Pacific Northwest. apprehensive to compete, Russian prospectors commissioned inventor Leviticus Blue to create an excellent laptop that can mine via Alaska’s ice. therefore used to be Dr. Blue’s fantastic Bone-Shaking Drill Engine born.
But on its first attempt run the Boneshaker went extraordinarily awry, destroying a number of blocks of downtown Seattle and unearthing a subterranean vein of blight fuel that grew to become somebody who breathed it into the residing dead.
Now it truly is 16 years later, and a wall has been outfitted to surround the devastated and poisonous urban. simply past it lives Blue’s widow, Briar Wilkes. lifestyles is tough with a ruined recognition and a teenaged boy to help, yet she and Ezekiel are dealing with. until eventually Ezekiel undertakes a mystery campaign to rewrite history.
His quest will take him below the wall and right into a urban teeming with starving undead, air pirates, legal overlords, and seriously armed refugees. And in simple terms Briar can convey him out alive.
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There’s nothing so good out there that it’s worth . ” She wasn’t sure how to ﬁnish, but she felt she’d made her point, so she stopped talk ing. She turned on her heel and went back to the stove. Ezekiel left the ﬁreplace and followed her. He stood at the end of the kitchen, blocking her exit and forcing her to look at him. “That it’s worth what? What do I have to lose, Mother? ” With a sweeping, sarcastic gesture he indicated the dark gray home in which they squatted. ” Boneshaker 37 • • • • • • • • • • • • She smacked the spoon down on the edge of the basin and grabbed a bowl to dish herself some half-cooked supper, and so she could stop gazing at the child she’d made.
It doesn’t come from what you folks cook out of the groundwater at the ’works, either. I’ve known a chemist or two who got a hand on that mess, but he said you couldn’t do anything with it. ” “Lemon sap, God,” he blasphemed with a sneer of derision. ” She rolled her eyes. “I don’t care what you kids call it, I know Cherie Priest 58 • • • • • • • • • • • • what it is when I see it—and I’ve seen it do worse to people than poi son them. If my father were still alive he’d . ” She didn’t know how to ﬁnish.
He checked his lantern for the dozenth time and yes, it was full of oil. He checked his bag and yes, it had all the supplies he’d been able to swipe. He was as ready as he was ever going to be, which was only just ready enough. Zeke turned up the lantern’s wick to give himself as much light as possible. He crossed the threshold, forcing himself past the line between mere night and someplace darker. His lantern ﬁlled the interior of the brick-lined, man-made cave with a wash of gold. He’d meant to leave earlier, in the morning after his mother had gone to the Waterworks.