Written by Cherie Priest
Published by Tor UK
Paperback - 366 pages
Published February 13th, 2013
Review copy given by publisher
In a nutshell:The Inexplicables sees the denziens of Seattle’s poisoned streets, the Doornails, welcome a newcomer into their midst. Rector Sherman wants to make his way in the world, and where better than a city filled with zombies, drug-pushing gangsters and something else entirely – the Inexplicable.
What worked:After the spin-off adventures of Dreadnought and Ganymede, it was a great feeling to return to the poisoned city. Priest has a knack for crafting that claustrophobic, tense kind of adventure that gets the blood pumping.
I really liked Rector. He’s no hero by any means; he’s a sap-addled nogoodnik (always wanted to use that word in a review) who’s just looking for his next fix. He’s not a reluctant hero, he’s not even an anti-hero – he’s just a guy trying to survive, and in a city where the very air kills and death lurks behind every shadow, that’s what I want to see in an MC. His moral compass is skewed and at some times torn, and that’s what makes him such a compelling character.
As always, Priest’s world is flawless. There’s a reason why she’s been crowned the Queen of Steampunk, and rightly so. Her deviations from the historical norm aren’t in your face, and most have a practical edge to them. This is classy steampunk.