The Boundless by Kenneth OppelThe Boundless by Kenneth Oppel

The Boundless

byKenneth Oppel

Hardcover | April 22, 2014

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All aboard for a non-stop fantasy adventure on the Titanic of trains!

"Will stares up, too. The locomotive steams, her hot breath curling from the smokestacks atop the three-storey boiler. He can feel the tremor of her expectant power through the station platform, through the very air. Massive and black, she’s like something forged with lightning and thunder."

Will Everett wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth, but after his family’s fortunes change, he finds himself with a first-class ticket for The Boundless. The longest, most glamorous locomotive in the world, it stretches more than eleven kilometres long and pulls an astounding 987 cars: passenger cars, shooting galleries, gardens, an onboard swimming pool, cinema and much more. But its maiden voyage won’t be a smooth ride for Will. After witnessing a murder during a station stop, he barely makes it back onto the train (with a running leap!), then must work his way from the caboose forward to his father in first class—with the murderer and his cronies on his tail. Luckily, a clever and nimble friend is perfecting her act in The Boundless’s circus car, and there the real thrill ride begins. Sasquatches, bog-dwelling hags and illusions abound in this outsized middle-grade adventure.

KENNETH OPPEL is the Governor General's Award-winning author ofAirbornand the Silverwing series, which has sold over a million copies worldwide. Kenneth Oppel lives in Toronto with his wife and their three children. Visit his website
Title:The BoundlessFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 1 inPublished:April 22, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1443410268

ISBN - 13:9781443410267

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Engaging Middle Grade Adventure I picked this book up on a whim, after having it on my TBR since its initial release, and it was just the thing to bring me out of a bit of a slump. The story was fun, and very easy to get lost in; I quickly became absorbed in the story. It felt as though I was riding on the Boundless, experiencing this adventure with Will and his newfound friends. While other books by Oppel haven't been particularly appealing to me, I was delighted to find this one was the exception.
Date published: 2017-10-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great good story for old and young readers
Date published: 2017-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice! After reading Half Brother, also by Kenneth Opel, I decided to read this. I am happy to say i really enjoyed this book. At the time I was 12 or 13 years old and I absolutely loved the whole magic/mystery concept or theme thus book had. I also loved the Canadian history/mythology aspect in The Boundless. The characters are very loveable and definitely recommend
Date published: 2017-10-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another home run for Kenneth I've been keeping my eye out for Oppel's books for a while, and when I heard this was going to come out, I had to read it. Now, I have and GOD, it's such a good book.
Date published: 2017-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Mesmerizing Adventure! Oppel did not disappoint with the Boundless. The setting is incredible and well described, the characters are unique and their interactions are entertaining. I love how the Canadian Mythology is woven into the novel. I absolutely loved this book and recommend it to anyone looking for a unique and worthwhile adventure.
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible I was surprised at how much I loved this book. I've never read much YA but couldn't put this one down. I have recommended this book so many times. Its a fantastic combination of Canadian history and fantasy. A definite must read.
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Masterpiece “The Boundless” is a masterpiece of teen fiction. A wondrous novel that seamlessly blends Canadian history with plausible myth. In the same vein as his “Airborn” novels, the plot featured here offers an endless adventure from beginning to end; only letting you go for a few precious moments of profound characterization and insightful internal monologue. Oppel’s writing is in top form in this latest installment. His prose leaps off the page, vivid and flowing, demonstrating a diversity of style and a mastery of multiple genres. In one moment, I marveled at his command of historical knowledge, and in the next, his ingenuity of incorporating myth to make the harsh Canadian plains even more hostile to its wary travelers. In fact, Oppel is so clever and masterful a writer that I actually gasped in sheer horror for one perfectly executed scene when a horrific myth came alive for the first time. In these pages you will find a plethora of oddities that colour its plot: carnies, monsters, machines, and magic coupled with the universal themes of love, dreams, greed and death. At a recent signing, Mr. Oppel (a kind soul he seemed) dubbed me The Book-Rater, for when he opened each one of his books to sign, a precise rating was scribed beneath the opening title. I awarded his Governor’s General award-winning “Airborn” an 8.5, a score he charmingly scoffed at in playful indignation. As many of you know, “Airborn” and its subsequent novels are incredible, swashbuckling, Jules-Vernesque tales. Most readers would rank them even higher. But by the end of “The Boundless”, I did not hesitate a moment to award it with a much deserved 9.5 rating, the highest score I’ve awarded any book in over 5 years! It is a rating reserved only for a masterpiece of literature. It’s the kind of novel you pass down to the next generations so you may enrich their lives as it enriched yours. The beauty and memory of this novel haunts me but with the feeling of an adventure not merely read but lived.
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing book The book was amazing, great cover to it. I couldn't put the book down!
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Cool Book This is such a cool book—the mix of fact and outrageous fiction makes it a lot of fun to read.
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spellbinding! I absolutely loved this story of a boy, his father, a circus, and a mythical creature. Not to be confused with actual history, but Oppel weaves in bits of the early railway across Canada, Native legend, and superstition. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! An excellent and exciting read. A great mix of history, fiction and magic.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Boundless A delightful adventure- just what I've come to expect from Oppel! It was wonderful
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Story wow! I loved this book! it was full of suspense, magic, adventure, trains, circuses, and everything amazing! it sort of reminded me of a cross between the night circus and the invention of Hugo cabret. wonderful story. loads of fun.
Date published: 2016-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Canadian History meets Sasquatches I loved this book. There is a ton of Canadian history about how the Canadian Railway was built. The book references real life Canadians that played a role in the building of the railway. Then things get a little crazy with this massive long train, a circus and sasquatches. A great grade 7 read aloud or perfect for a kid that loves trains or just a great story.
Date published: 2015-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The boundless Really good adventure story. I hope there is a sequel.
Date published: 2014-06-05

Editorial Reviews

“Vividly imagined...heart-stopping action scenes involving dozens of memorable characters. An epic journey novel with a distinctive setting, a powerful sense of adventure, and just a whiff of steampunk. Expect hoards of passengers aboard The Boundless.”