Worldshaker

Richard Harland

Worldshaker
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Worldshaker

Richard Harland

Col’s safe, civilized world on the Upper Decks of the Worldshaker, a huge ship that has been sailing since 1845, is changed forever when a Filthy from Below finds her way into his cabin. Col twisted over in bed, lifted the fringed edge of his bedspread and looked underneath. Two eyes looked back at him. The female Filthy! Disgusting! Then she moved. Fast as a snake, she slid out and knelt at the side of his bed. ‘Don’t let 'em take me,’ she said. Richard Harland has created an acutely observed and utterly compelling Gothic world of warped Victoriana to explore 16-year-old Col’s journey from cosseted youth to courageous maturity. ‘I loved Worldshaker!…Dark, twisting, bustling, brilliant…I was very, very glum when it came to an end.’ - D.M. Cornish ‘I was captivated from the beginning.’ - Samantha, 15 ‘A terrific adventure, full of sly humour, weird and wonderful characters, and plot twists I never saw coming.’ - Ian Irvine

Review

When your grandfather is the Supreme Commander of the juggernaut city Worldshaker, you’re not expected to fraternise with the lower classes. And being the well-brought up boy that he is, Colbert Porpentine wouldn’t dream of making friends with the subhuman classes known as Filthies that work deep in the bowels of Worldshaker. But when he discovers a Filthy girl hiding in his room, Col finds himself thrown into a situation beyond his control. As Col becomes entangled in Riff the Filthy’s plans to overthrow the upper classes he begins to unravel the awful history of Worldshaker and his family’s part in it.

Richard Harland has created a wonderfully brooding world in *Worldshake*r that is part Dickens, part steam-punk and will appeal to those 12 and up who like their fantasy a little on the dark side.

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