The concept for the Girl in the steel corset was amazing, a kind of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen for a new era with teenagers as the heroes - sadly though the book itself was just so blah. I finished it, but only because I was skim reading through the pages as quickly as possible to find out what happened, but not reading all the bone numbingly boring details. The novel is set in a steampunk world, I get it, I didn't need to have every single outfit worn by Finley described in minute boring detail, or for so much time to be sent describing things - saying they disabled the bike works so much better than having several sentences describing how they went about disabling the bikes. The only redeeming feature of the novel for me was the relationships between the main characters and the depth to the main characters, but even then some of the relationships and reactions were so two dimensional and clumsily written that it almost made me shudder.
I have to confess that as an adult reading this I may be missing some of the subtleties that make this series appeal to teenagers, but it lacks so much that I genuinely feel it will be a disappointment to other readers who are expecting an intelligent read set in a sophisticated world. Despite the authors best intentions this just fell flat and was a rushed read to reach the slightly less than satisfying conclusion. There are other books to the series so it may be that the satisfaction comes from reading more of the series, but I am not 100% hopeful of this fact.
If you like this book then try:
- The girl in the clockwork collar by Kady Cross
- Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
- Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
- City of bones by Cassandra Clare
- Boneshaker by Cherie Priest
- The clockwork angel by Cassandra Clare
- Mortal engines by Philip Reeve
- Airborn by Kenneth Oppel
- The Hunchback assignments by Arthur Slade
- Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
- Worldshaker by Richard Harland