The Boundless

The Boundless

Book - 2014 | First edition
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Aboard "The Boundless," the greatest train ever built, on its maiden voyage across Canada, teenaged Will enlists the aid of a traveling circus to save the train from villains
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781442472884
Branch Call Number: JR HIGH FIC Oppel, K 2014
Characteristics: 332 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Audience: Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.0 11.0 166130


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If you love adventure, this book has it all. Trains, Sasquatch, circus and murder! It is 1888, and teenage Will Everett is aboard The Boundless, the greatest train ever built, on its maiden voyage across Canada. But all does not go well, and Will must enlist the help of fellow travelers Mr. Dorian and his Zircus Dante, along with the Maren the beautiful young wire-walker, to stop the villains before they get to the treasures in the palatial funeral car. This story has elements of steampunk and the supernatural, but at its essence, is an action-packed tale of danger and mystery that will not disappoint. Admittedly, I’m biased, as I’ll read anything by master Canadian storyteller Kenneth Oppel of Silverwing fame. (submitted by SG)

IndyPL_SteveB Nov 14, 2018

Exciting adventure novel by a popular Canadian author. Will Everett’s father over several years has moved from being a lowly railroad worker to being in charge of the world’s longest and coolest train – “The Boundless”. Will and his father are on board for its initial trip across Canada. Also on board is a wonderful circus with a beautiful tightrope walker/escape artist just Will’s age. There are millionaires, a famous Mountie running security, poor settlers moving west, and a few crooks who want to break into a funeral car which is rumored to be carrying treasure. All the complications are there that you might expect, with mysterious disappearances, fights on the tops of train cars, rescues by circus performers, and even Sasquatches. A fascinating cast of characters and constant adventure.

Wow, great book! Super exciting!

Aug 30, 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, Kenneth Oppel did a great job writing a mysterious, suspenseful novel. You must read this book!

0Charlie Jul 06, 2017

I generally enjoy Kenneth Oppel's works. While this one contained an interesting story, I felt confused with the details. An attack by a sasquatch is given the same weight as the striking of the "last spike". The plight of colonists (immigrants) coming to settle in Canada is dealt with the same as the hero being ensnared by a bog hag. The engineering feat of this super train is as believable as a origami "homing pigeon". It was hard to know what was based on facts (events, locations, people), and if everything was made up, nothing really had any weight for me as a reader.

Aug 28, 2016

The Boundless is a clever, mysterious book that very much intrigues the person reading it. Kenneth Oppel did a great on this book.

Jul 10, 2016

Its a cool book. I felt like it takes a dark turn very quickly. Its a slightly creepy, but very adventurous book. I would recommend it to someone who likes action but fiction.

mvkramer Mar 14, 2016

This is a book in the same vein as Oppel's earlier Airborn - a historical fantasy adventure featuring strange creatures, criminal schemes, and an awesome vehicle (in Airborn a blimp, and in this novel a massive train). Despite the similarities, this work and the world it creates feel fresh and interesting. I'd like to see some sequels, but it does stand quite well on its own.

CRRL_CraigG Jul 16, 2015

Kenneth Oppel has a gift for language, crafting stories that sound authentic no matter when or where they are set. The Boundless offers the look and sound of the late 1800s.

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Jags2001 Jun 06, 2015

This was a great book because it had a great adventure and action. You should read this if you like adventure and a action- packed book. This was my second favourite book from Kenneth Oppel my first favourite is Airborne. The Boundless is a must read.

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May 16, 2017

toddxu thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

Jul 10, 2016

ilovepiggy thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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Jags2001 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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ryanbooks99 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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angelica1234_5 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

SPL_Childrens Aug 25, 2014

SPL_Childrens thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 12

Jul 07, 2014

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Jul 03, 2015

A great book filled with Canadiana references. A fun story plot with a magical element.

Jul 07, 2014

The Boundless, the greatest train ever built, is on its maiden voyage across the country, and first-class passenger Will Everett is about to embark on the adventure of his life!

When Will ends up in possession of the key to a train car containing priceless treasures, he becomes the target of sinister figures from his past.

In order to survive, Will must join a traveling circus, enlisting the aid of Mr. Dorian, the ringmaster and leader of the troupe, and Maren, a girl his age who is an expert escape artist. With villains fast on their heels, can Will and Maren reach Will’s father and save The Boundless before someone winds up dead?


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mvkramer Mar 14, 2016

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Two words: Muskeg Hag. That is one creepy lady.

mvkramer Mar 14, 2016

Violence: Will witnesses a murder early on in the story, and the culprit hunts him through the train. There are fights and chases on top of the train itself.


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