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The story opens with Sybil and her parents boating on Lake Constance, a large lake between Germany, Austria and Switzerland. They spot a boy in trouble in the water. Her mother, apparently, rather coldly suggests they leave the boy to his fate, but her father rescues him anyway. Sybil soon discovers a great family secret and the reason why her mother did not want the boy rescued. They are time travellers, and from an era far into the future. As time travellers they have to be conscious of every action they make, as there may be dire consequences. Such as rescuing a young German inventor who has the ability to build machines that could change the outcome of the First World War.
So begins Sybil's adventure and education, as she becomes aware of her parents secret and learns how to travel through time, and use an array of advanced devices.
The language and tone of this book were perfect for the story and the era it was set in. The author's power of description and natural feel for the past had me trapped inside the pages and the adventure.
That said, it's well written, characters are fairly well fleshed out as far as it goes, and you do have sympathy or even empathy for their dilemma. I'd say read it and enjoy it, now that you've been forewarned so you don't get blindsided like I was.
It seems a bit odd to bring in this much religion to a steampunk novel and I can't say that overall I would peg this Perpetual Motion as being a "Christian fiction" novel (at least not yet), so I guess it will be interesting to see where the author takes this plot narrative. Given that the main character is literally named as a prophetess, seer, or oracle, and that she is coming of age and beginning to question everything (perhaps even the beliefs her parents have instilled in her), this could prove an interesting development in future books in the series, and a good way to examine that the concepts of good and evil are not quite as simple as we might think.
I did confess to wanting more of this story and agree that it ended somewhat abruptly. This book felt like mainly setup for something more, and I'll be watching for future releases.
The plot is pretty consistent but the characters are dull paper cutouts.
Another annoying point is the cliffhanger ending. While not as bad as some, nothing is really resolved, so go out and get the sequel. I don't think so!
But beyond the fabulous technology that distinguishes this steampunk novel, is the subplot of two young people who desire to be together--despite the consequences. A timeless, satisfying storyline that stayed with me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This partly Steampunk, mostly Time-Travel tale also brings in a Good v Evil quest--plus a bit of Coming-of-Age and some youthful Romance. Lots of literary quotations and allusions. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Deborah L. Klein
This is a rather different time travel novel that explores traveling back and forth in time. Yes, the author was able to circumvent Einstein’s theory of not being able to travel... Read morePublished 17 months ago by D. Meyer
As a lover of time travel plots I will look forward to more of the story. But beyond the fabulous technology that distinguishes this steam punk novel, is the subplot of two young... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Kindle Customer
Well written book and strange circumstances won't tell spoiler if do!! If like fantasy read it!Published 19 months ago by mzgambler
Loved the story, the characters - wrapped me up in the world of the 1800s and made me say, "What if..."Published 20 months ago by Marie E. Woznicki-Likavec
A very creative concept full of political innuendo, adventure and technical details. The characters were believable and interesting. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Andi Suzanne
This was a very fun book about a girl who learns that her parents are secretly from the future. She joins them in fighting villains who want to alter history. Read morePublished on December 27, 2013 by Mike Saccoccia
I feel this to be different twist to the concept of time travel and enjoyed the experience. While I would recommend this book, it not be with a high ratingPublished on December 19, 2013 by Ted Coombs
Book condition as described, packaging good and shipment fast! Cannot ask for anything better. Would highly recommend this seller! Thanks!Published on November 22, 2013 by A. Jean Franklin
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