The Boundless

The Boundless

Book - 2015
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Will Everett has always wished for an adventure. Little does he know that his adventure starts the moment he boards the Boundless. There is a murder, and now Will must protect a key that can unlock the train's hidden treasures. Villians are fast on his heels and strange creatures are lurking outside the windows as the Boundless hurtles across the country. Together with Maren, a gifted escape artist, and Mr. Dorian, a circus ringmaster with amazing abilities, Will must save the Boundless before someone else winds up dead.

His adventure may have begun without him knowing . . . but how it ends is up to Will.

Publisher: HarperCollins Canada Ltd. 2015
ISBN: 9781443410274
Branch Call Number: ON ORDER 2014


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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_CraigGraziano 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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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.

loljilydoe Apr 22, 2015

Wowzers this book was amazing. Everything from the fast paced plot to the incredible and complex charecters, truley amazed me. This book really deserves the Red Maple award this year. Out of all twenty books, this was probably my favourite. Not only did Kenneth Oppel describe the opinions of the main characters well, he also includeded the povs or general aspects of people who were usually ignored such as the chinese and the Metis. As well, the villans were truley complex and were made so that you could see both the black, white and the grey of each situation. Great Book!

artem_s Apr 18, 2015

The Boundless!!

This is a awesome book from an awesome writer, and is a must read for almost everyone! The alternate history world is so well made and the conc or of the boundless was so cool and creative, that the book will have readers hooked in seconds. The character design was also brilliant, and I must say that they interacted with one another very well and had their distinct personalities, ensuring that the reader will like at least one. It was fast paced, well written, and is for sure one of the top books this year.

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May 16, 2017

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Jun 06, 2015

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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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