Steampunk with actual steam, what a concept! Boneshaker was unlike other steampunk I've read; it was not a far-future, or post-oil, or really much of a fantasy novel (in spite of the zombies!) It's really more of a "what-if..." Plus, zombies! Steampunk and tech-fiction fans should note that Boneshaker is also a book about relationships - mostly the relationship between a mother and her willful son, who needs her help when he tries to find out the truth about his father. But never fear, within its pages are dirigibles and other fantastical devices to satisfy your steampunky little heart.