“Liberator” Richard Harland

Worldshaker, book #2. 2011. Simon & Schuster. 487 pp.

LiberatorCol and Riff have survived the takeover of the steamship Worldshaker, and have renamed it Liberator. Col is expecting things will run smoother between them now that they’re all on the same side, but it doesn’t take long for things to go wrong. A hidden saboteur is on board who may be a Swank, so the innate distrust of Swanks by all the Filthies leads to more suspicion and violence. A group of Filthies are formed to beat, terrorize, and imprison them without cause and annihilate them from the population. Soon Col finds himself on the opposite side of their trust, and he is left behind while Riff’s leadership continues to grow.

In the meantime, word gets out that the Filthies have taken over the ship, so all the other major nations are on the way to battle them into submission. With the divisions between the Swanks and Filthies growing every day on board Liberator, it seems they will fall from within before the battle even takes place. Col will have to convince Riff and the other Filthies to trust him, while trusting that Liberator can survive a battle for which they are completely unprepared.

“Liberator” has much more action and adventure than “Worldshaker,” and will keep fans aged twelve to sixteen reading and quickly turning pages.


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