Monday, August 24, 2015

The Inexplicables: A Penny Dreadful Review

When a character goes off and has an adventure, what happens to the characters that get left behind? When Zeke Wilkes slipped underneath the wall into zombie-infested old Seattle to learn about his father in Boneshaker, he left behind Rector Sherman, an orphan who's fallen in with the wrong crowd. Haunted by guilt and drug hallucinations, Rector finds his way into the walled and poisoned city of Seattle. What he finds there is much more frightening than a few zombies. There's a drug war, a city crumbling at a touch, and something horrific in Seattle. Something huge. Something wild. Something that isn't and never was human.
The Inexplicables is a brilliant addition to Cherie Priest's Clockwork Century series. I love her broken characters rebuilding their lives with whatever they find at hand. Rector - abandoned, drug-addled, directionless - is more broken than most. I love him as the focus of this book. In the hands of a lesser writer, the story would be as confused as Rector.
         Almost all your favorite Clockwork Century characters are back and being awesome, especially Princess Angeline Sealth. She identifies the strange creature in Seattle, and... Nope, I'm not going to spoil it.
I give The Inexplicables four and a half gears out of five. It's a marvelous addition to one of my favorite series. I adore every chance I get to read Cherie Priest.

Your Correspondent from the Bookstore,

Penny J. Merriweather

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