Posted in 2012-2013 Club, Not Mock Newbery

Broken Lands, by Kate Milford

Summary:  A crossroads can be a place of great power. So begins this deliciously spine-tingling prequel to Kate Milford’s The Boneshaker, set in the colorful world of nineteenth-century Coney Island and New York City. Few crossroads compare to the one being formed by the Brooklyn Bridge and the East River, and as the bridge’s construction progresses, forces of unimaginable evil seek to bend that power to their advantage. Only two orphans with unusual skills stand in their way. Can the teenagers Sam, a card shark, and Jin, a fireworks expert, stop them before it’s too late? Here is a richly textured, slow-burning thriller about friendship, courage, and the age-old fight between good and evil.


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4 thoughts on “Broken Lands, by Kate Milford

  1. I loved this book! The characters are all interesting, and the plot is understandable yet surprising. The setting is well-described. This book really makes me want to read Boneshaker.

  2. This is one of my favorite books this year. Everything about it is great, especially the plot. I like how the book talks about fireworks a lot. That is very unique. i have never read another book that has fireworks in it. This book made me want to keep reading to find out what would happen next. This can definitely get the newbery!!!!!!

  3. I agree this can win the Newbery, but I don’t think that it makes my top 7. Broken Lands has a good flow, but at parts it gets a bit unrealistic and confusing, for my taste at least. The Newbery qualities were shown, but it can’t make my top seven because of style of writing.

  4. I’m about a quarter of the ways through this book and I have a vague idea of whats going on. The plot and characters are good, but the way everything is written is causing me to be confused. It feels like I never got “used” to the writing style. It’s a no for me.

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