Boneshaker by Cherie Priest (2009)
Cherie Priest’s Clockwork Century alt-history steampunk novels have been called the very best steampunk series ever. It’s hard to argue with that, as Priest continues to churn out really outstanding novels in her very original universe pretty frickin’ regularly. Each of the books in the series would serve as a perfect example of what steampunk is but why not start with the first? If you’re into listenin’ to your books from time to time, you can even check out the audiobook, read wonderfully by Wil Wheaton.