The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel

Find in catalogThoroughly enjoyed this book. It took me a bit to get into the rhythm of the present-tense narration, but once I did I loved the ride! This story follows Will Everett, a boy who has always longed for adventures, but never had any of his own. When he boards The Boundless, the most magnificent train in existence, all of that changes. Before long he’s witnessed a murder and is running for his life (sometimes within, and sometimes on top of the train itself). His odds of survival aren’t good–especially when you combine the threat of the murderer with the supernatural wiles of sasquatch and muskeg hags. I enjoyed the vivid descriptions of The Boundless itself, a veritable Titanic on rails, and thought the dash of magic that Oppel threw into an almost-realistic story was great–just enough to keep me on my toes. I would definitely recommend this book to older children and young teens, and of course, any other adults who haven’t outgrown stories for the young.

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