Worldshaker by Richard Harland

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Col Porpentine understands how society works: The elite families enjoy a comfortable life on the Upper Decks of the great juggernaut Worldshaker, and the Filthies toil Below Decks. Col’s grandfather, the Supreme Commander of Worldshaker, is grooming Col as his successor.

Used to keep Worldshaker moving, Filthies are like animals, unable to understand language or think for themselves. Or so Col believes before he meets Riff, a Filthy girl on the run who is clever and quick. If Riff is telling the truth, then everything Col has been told is a lie. And Col has the power to do something about it—even if it means risking his whole future.

About Richard Harland

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Richard Harland is the author of many fantasy, horror, and science fiction novels for young readers, including Worldshaker, Liberator, the Eddon and Vail series, the Heaven and Earth Trilogy, and the Wolf Kingdom quartet, which won the Aurealis Award. He lives in Australia. Visit him at
Published April 24, 2010 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 404 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Sheltered Col Porpentine, chosen successor to his Supreme Commander grandfather, lives aboard Worldshaker, where the mores of Victorian England have become only more entrenched in the last 150 years.

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The Ranting Dragon

Liberator is the excellent sequel to Richard Harland’s 2009 steampunk adventure, Worldshaker, and once again the majority of the story takes place on the huge mobile city, now renamed to reflect its liberated status.

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Bundaberg Regional Libraries

From Queen Victoria III, who rules as Her Imperial Majesty with her royal consort Prince Albert, down through the upper echelon of British noble families, middle class families and trade families, to the depths of the engine rooms where the filthies dwell, it the British caste system gone slight...

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Ccls Young Adult Spot

I had to push myself in the beginning to keep reading, but then found myself racing to the end.

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