The Inexplicables is the fourth book in the Clockwork Centrury series written by one of my favourite authors, Cherie Priest (is it fair for me to say that when I haven’t read her other series? I’m going to say yes, because it’s my blog). I pre-ordered the book aaages ago, and set it aside to read over Christmas as a treat, then I got sidetracked by books which had expiration dates. Oops.
The Clockwork Century is set in a steampunk world , where the US civil war still rages in 1880 ( a fictional extension of the war, I gather, but at the time of writing this cannot [be bothered to] look it up). Away from the war, and 18 years in the past, an experimental burrowing device has released noxious Blight gas from the earth under the city of Seattle: Gas which makes people sick, and dead…. and then undead; gas which has caused the city to be walled up to prevent its spread; and, finally, gas which has been made into a weapon, and turned into drugs for men to fight over. For more info, read Boneshaker, the first novel.