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The Broken Lands Hardcover – September 4, 2012
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BONESHAKER, you see, was wonderful. It had a great cast of characters --good and bad-- and it had a well paced story with a decided 'voice' and tone. THE BROKEN LANDS has interesting characters, but a bland tone and little voice. Overall, it felt like a fog of verbiage stood between me and all that went on in the story. Everything seemed overwritten, and much of it not all that crucial to moving the story ahead.
When brings me to the length. I know that long books are all the rage for middle-graders. But personally I grow weary of gratuitous length, and would add that if you are going to have lots of pages for this age group, for heaven's sake fill them action and not descriptions of architecture.
Not a book I'd suggest as a read for guys. Patient, mature readers (more patient than myself) might want to track this one down if they enjoyed BONESHAKER. The concepts are interesting, the characters okay. The story never quite grabbed me, but it's important to remember 'that not all books are for all people'. Some people, after all, don't like Shakespeare.
A force of evil is coming to New York, and his advance troops- a couple of supernatural beings- are planning on delivering the city to him. But they aren't the only supernatural beings in the city, and when some of them get wind of the plot, a small group forms to stop them. It's a diverse group: people with magical powers, teen aged orphans, and a journalist who actually existed, Ambrose Bierce. The teenagers risk their lives numerous times and have a huge learning curve to develop the skills that will allow them to take on the evil beings, but while they question their ability to do the job (and their sanity for trying it), they persevere. It's a large cast of characters, but the main ones are Sam, a 15 year old card sharp, and Jinn, a young maker of explosives who travels with a fireworks show.
Milford tackles -lightly- some of the social issues of the day that would have affected the characters, like race and class prejudice. Jinn is a Chinese girl, Sam is poor, one character is black and poor, and one half black- but thankfully she has money. Not that that protects her entirely from the nastiness of bigots. There is also the issue of how poor Chinese girls could end up treated when there was no one to protect them, feet bound and used as slaves. These things are treated casually and not much is made of them -it's just how it was then - but it's there. The author has not tried to clean up the world of 1877 and make it look like 2012, and I think that's a very good thing.Read more ›
It is way too long and chock full of every piece of research the author ever did. We learn about Chinese fireworks, the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, post-Civil War unrest in New York, the Five-Points neighborhood (made famous in Scorcese's "Gangs of New York"), and dozens of other little factoids. That would be O.K., except most of this is transmitted through dialogue that consists almost entirely of exposition and explanation. Characters spend much of the book describing things to each other, explaining things to each other, or asking and answering questions about what exactly is happening in the book. Every thirty pages or so the story has to come to a complete halt so that someone in a bar, or carriage, or other character meeting, can explain something to the other characters the way a kid would give a student report in class. Needless to say this pretty much kills any dramatic tension or any narrative flow. As for magic, or at least wonder, there is one chapter given over to a single Wandering Jack story that is, first, one of the least interesting of the Jack stories, and second, told in the flattest, driest and least animated fashion possible.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I haven't finished this book yet (I'm halfway through) but I have to say that this is one of the best books I've read in a while! Read morePublished 3 months ago by shastonia
I read The Boneshaker a few months ago and really enjoyed it so I picked this one up as soon as I could. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Nikki Hawkins
Author Kate Milford loves writing stories set in the past with plenty of true historical references. Her book, The Boneshaker, is the sequel to The Broken Lands. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kristi Bernard
Five stars, were I still in the habit of giving out meaningless yellow shapes to such contrary things as stories. Read morePublished on July 8, 2013 by Cat Hellisen
The Broken Lands
My " in a nutshell" summary...
A story of a bridge, fierce evil, and two orphans determined to save the... Read more
Broken Lands was a more difficult read than the first book. It has a glancing relationship with the previous story, really more about being set in the same universe than being told... Read morePublished on May 11, 2013 by PurpleKat
I was really disappointed with this novel after "Boneshaker." "The Broken Lands" just didn't pack the same kind of punch that "Boneshaker" did. Read morePublished on May 9, 2013 by LitWit
I haven't read THE BONESHAKER, so I can't compare the two. I will say that I did think this was fabulous, and since reviews seem to suggest that THE BONESHAKER is even better... Read morePublished on April 17, 2013 by Anidori-Isilee
Although I know that 'Boneshaker' was a hit, not having read it first may have been detrimental to my enjoyment of 'The Broken Lands. Read morePublished on March 23, 2013 by Doc Occula