Author: Andrea Cremer
Publication: April 22nd 2014 by Philomel
Genre: YA Steampunk
Source: For review
-- My Rating --
5/5 Oscars: LOVED it
-- My Thoughts --
Charlotte and her brother, Ashley, live in the Catacombs, hidden from the Empire's forces and Rotpots (huge machines who are like the police). They supervise the lives of the children while their parents fight in the Resistance. But all that changes when Charlotte finds a boy in the woods who doesn't remember who he is or where he came from. Now, Charlotte has to venture into the Floating City, and disguise as a lady, and hardest of all, fight her growing feelings for Ash's friend, Jack.
+ The world-building and plot: The author took the world-building into a completely new level with her fascinating plot. This is a future when the Americans haven't won the Independence war and the USA has never been declared and the British still control Northern America and their huge empire. It's also a place for all kinds of strange machines and clockwork. It was amazing , all those details the author managed to pull into the story and alternative history thing was executed perfectly.
+ The Characters: This book's strongest point is the characters. Specially the main ones. The author pulled off Charlotte as three-dimensional as a real person. She was not perfect, was not raised into a society with manners, so she didn't know how to deal with being a lady in the city with all those eyes on her. It was fun and adorable watching her grow accustomed to all those changes. Then, there's her brother Ash who is also a character to behold, although he is a bit annoying at times. The sibling relationship between them was beautiful and believable.
+ Character development: There is character development in this book but it's not that evident. OF course, I didn't mind that since this is the first book in the series and it was mainly only introducing us to the complicated world. I am hoping that the author will do the character building later in the other sequels.
+ Romance: My favorite part of this book was the blossoming romance. There was not a love triangle but the hints of one were there. Jack is the most swoon-worthy guy you could ever dream of but he is also not flawless. The relationship between Charlotte and Jack starts from a somehow-mutual-hate so it was much more fun watching them get to know each other in a different light. There's also Jack's brother, Coe, who appears in the middle of the book, he also took a great place in my heart, but he was a little pushy, so I prefer Jack all the way!
This book is perfect in every aspect possible and the author definitely knows how to capture the allure of steam-punk and turn it into a masterpiece. I loved every single moment I spent reading about this world and I'm waiting not-very-patiently for the next book in the series, which will be even more wonderful than this, I'm sure.