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The Iron Thorn

by Caitlin Kittredge

Iron Thorn coverAoife has an unfortunate history: her mother is crazy and locked in an asylum, and her brother, who contracted the deadly Necrovirus that runs in the family, ran away from his asylum and is now a convict. Now, as she nears her 16th birthday, a note from her elusive brother appears with the words "Find the witch's alphabet. Save yourself". Deciding to run away from her life at a steampunk engineering academy, Aoife embarks on a journey that will save her from the Necrovirus that will soon rip her of her sanity.

To me, The Iron Thorn was an average book. It dwelled a lot on the witchcraft factor that kind of took away from the entire "steampunk" genre, which is supposed to be relating to Victorian futuristic machinery and engineering. If I had to say, this book was a mix of "Faerie" fantasy, steampunk, some romance, and a dash of horror too.

If you enjoy steampunk, magic, or darker books, you would like this one. If you're kind of squeamish, stay away! And by all means, do not read at night alone like I did!

Erica, 16


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Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

Deryn Sharp is a girl who has always been fascinated by heights and, more importantly, the air. She masquerades as a boy and enters the Airforce, soon becoming a daring and valued airman. Meanwhile, Prince Aleksandar of Austria suffers a shock when both his parents are murdered overnight, and he must escape his country to seek safety elsewhere. In a world where hybrid creatures and giant robot-like weapons fight in an ugly World War I, the two struggle to survive until their fates collide...

This was my first steampunk book, and it was both weird and fascinating how the lines between future and past were blurred. The inventions made by the Clankers and creature-weapons made by the Darwinists astounded me. I also loved the pictures included in the book. 

Anyone who likes steampunk, historical fiction, slightly futuristic genres, battles, and a mindboggling storyworld, you might want to check this one out. Be careful, this book is pretty long! But if you love it and can't wait for more, this is the first in a trilogy. The sequels are Behemoth and Goliath.

Erica, 16


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