Thursday, March 27, 2014

Review: The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel

All aboard for an action-packed escapade from the internationally bestselling author of Airborne and the Silverwing trilogy.

The Boundless, the greatest train ever built, is on its maiden voyage across the country, and first-class passenger Will Everett is about to embark on the adventure of his life!

When Will ends up in possession of the key to a train car containing priceless treasures, he becomes the target of sinister figures from his past.

In order to survive, Will must join a traveling circus, enlisting the aid of Mr. Dorian, the ringmaster and leader of the troupe, and Maren, a girl his age who is an expert escape artist. With villains fast on their heels, can Will and Maren reach Will’s father and save The Boundless before someone winds up dead?

I saw that this book was written by Kenneth Oppel and after reading and loving his This Dark Endeavor series (excuse me, Mr. Oppel, when are we getting more books about Victor? I need them.) I knew I needed this book. Not to mention this book is basically like Titanic mixed with The Great Train Robbery. Taking place on a train. But such a huge train that you can’t just stop it easily or get off. Kind of like a ship. But on land. Awesome.

The entire book is simply a journey from the caboose to the engine. It might sound basic, but on a huge train, filled with danger and unknown enemies, all while being pursued by ruffians and murders. Utterly perilous. Every car holds new challenges as Will has to get to the front of car to save his father and the train. And blend this with the fantastic magic and steampunk themes and it just keeps getting better and better.

But Will isn’t alone. He makes allies with circus performers he’s not always sure he can trust, Maren, a contortionist with many other talent and Mr. Dorian, the ringmaster. Both of which seem helpful, but might just have their own motives. Dun dun dun. I love me a little dubious characters. Make them steampunk-y and performers. Oh man. SO INTRIGUED.

I have to mention how much I love Oppel’s writing style, it’s a little different in this book, but still has the same absorbing quality that his Young Adult novels have. I started this book and I just didn’t want to stop. Didn’t want the subway to have reached my stop, didn’t want my break at work to end or you know, have to sleep. I just wanted to be kept in this rich, beautiful world of the Canadian wilderness.

-Reviewed by Jennifer

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