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Cherie Priest
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From Publishers' Weekly:

Maternal love faces formidable challenges in this stellar steampunk tale. In an alternate 1880s America, mad inventor Leviticus Blue is blamed for destroying Civil War-era Seattle. When Zeke Wilkes, Blue's son, goes into the walled wreck of a city to clear his father's name, Zeke'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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Zombies, steam-powered technology, airships, pirates, and mad scientists-What more could you want? How about great storytelling, compelling characters, and an interesting plot? Priest combines all of these things and somehow even more. There's the added benefit of a teenage protagonist, which makes this a great introduction to steampunk for the YA audience. This lacks the traditional Victorian setting, but that shouldn't prevent readers from enjoying it. There is a second novel, Dreadnought, under way and a novella, Clementine, due out in May, which are both set in this world as well.-John Klima, Bettendorf P.L., IA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Follows her son in an airship after he runs away from home; determined to save her son from the toxic gas that turns people into zombies.

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Briar's son; enters the walled city of Seattle determined to clear his dead father's name.

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