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Worldshaker

Harland, Richard (Book - 2010 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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Sixteen-year-old Col Porpentine is being groomed as the next Commander of Worldshaker, a juggernaut where elite families live on the upper decks while the Filthies toil below, but when he meets Riff, a Filthy girl on the run, he discovers how ignorant he is of his home and its residents.
Authors: Harland, Richard, 1947-
Title: Worldshaker
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2010
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
Characteristics: 388 p. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Richard Harland
Summary: Sixteen-year-old Col Porpentine is being groomed as the next Commander of Worldshaker, a juggernaut where elite families live on the upper decks while the Filthies toil below, but when he meets Riff, a Filthy girl on the run, he discovers how ignorant he is of his home and its residents.
ISBN: 1416995528
9781416995524
Branch Call Number: y HARLAND 2010
Subject Headings: Social classes Juvenile fiction Fantasy
Topical Term: Social classes
Fantasy
LCCN: 2009016924
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I fell in love with the characters from the beginning. Honestly--who couldn't love Col and Riff? The next book is better as a hint to you all :)

Apr 12, 2012
  • FlynnLives rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An intriguing stoy that held my attention very well. Good book all around.

Sep 19, 2011
  • Basileus rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An excellent YA steampunk alternate history that deals with the social class system of this parallel society. While we're not explicitly told what a juggernaut actually is, the Worldshaker seems to be a city sized moving tank. The elite live in luxury on the topmost decks, while the "filthies" toil at the bottom. Very similar to Metropolis. And like Metropolis, one of the elite (the heir-apparant) starts to question the status quo after he meets and falls in love with a "Filthy" named Riff. A lot of good themes, some likeable characters and a couple of nasty villians make this a very enjoyable read.

Sep 28, 2010
  • Shadow_Assassin rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I couldn't resit it:) i hope there is a sequel.

Sep 14, 2010
  • Books_Luv rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Col is an Upper Decks grandson of the Supreme Commander and was then named as his successor. As Col’s grandfather gives him a tour of the juggernaut, Worldshaker, he sees the Filthies, a very lower class who live and work at the bottom of the deck, and are “dangerous and necessary” (p.8). But soon he meets Riff, a Filthy who isn’t as filthy as she is. He starts to question the teachings of the Filthies. They are just the same as Col but not animals as he was told. As he helps Riff, he is caught in a series of events that question his loyalty. But he must choose whether to help the Filthies or to go back to his life as an Upper Decker and successes as the next Supreme Commander.

However Col is two years older than Riff, sometimes I feel that Riff is far older than fourteen. And yet Col is very naïve and sympathetic, and can be very childlike! But he becomes more mature as the story unfolds. Overall, the characters are very well written.

Worldshaker is an amazing steam punk read and is very enjoyable. Harland makes all readers dying for more.

Sep 05, 2010
  • CrazyAlice rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I couldn't put it down (:

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