- File Size: 1246 KB
- Print Length: 153 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1505795079
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: July 15, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00LULTSF6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,504 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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The main character is a young girl, Nita Graus. She is engaging and likeable, and certainly at home fixing boilers. She is also a great companion in an emergency. I am sure we will see more of her in future adventures.
I was so engaged in the story that I really did not look for typos or grammar problems. None caught my eye, but grammar police can probably find some. Readers can be sure that such things do not detract from the story line.
My only real complaint is that the book is too short. It is really a novella. It was good while it lasted, but it did not last long
The story was interesting, which details you can read in numerous reviews so I will not repeat it. I like the political and techno aspects as well as the characters. Ifrom the 4 books I have read by this author, I think interesting, dimensional, imperfect characters is part of his writing strength. Mostly in this book, I appreciated the strong female lead Nita and would therefore give this book to my daughter to read.
Our MC is Nita from the land of Caldera. She's from the upper crust of society, her parents and siblings all artists as expected from a society that values art more than most other things. Nita however chooses to work in the steam tunnels fixing boilers and pipes that keep their land supplied with power.
Her land chose a number of generations before to close itself off from the outside world and one day Nita after work, she's invited by a coworker and friend to trade with some smugglers from far away. When she learns that there's a medicine that can cure her ailing mother (a disease that is fatal in Caldera), her rather impetuous nature takes over and she decides that she must be present when trading for it.
Once on board the airship she's told she'll have to work and prove that she isn't a burden because she'll be with them for a month. During their journey they are attacked by an assortment of little ships and some damage is taken.
Letting the Captain know that with her job in the steam tunnels and the fact that she's brought along her tools, she can fix the boiler which is overly complex as well as some other things. She's told that under no circumstances is she to perform any repairs because the people they trade with are the only ones allowed to fix the ship.
Upon hearing the journey will take an additional month because of the damage, she chooses to fix something and then hide what she'd fixed only to be found out when the ship goes in for repair.
Now at this point when she attempts to trade it's pointed out that not only do they know she tinkered with the ship, but that they wouldn't have traded anyway because there is no need for continued trade. The Captain is forced to pay a 'fee' for her deceit and then Nita points out the obvious too him. I won't mention it here as a spoiler, but you'll know it when it comes. You'll likely know it long before it comes.
Once he knows the truth they decide to pull off a heist. Lot's of action, lot's of steampunky stuff. The book's pace is pretty quick and only here and there did I find some of the dialog a bit awkward. All in all a quick and worthy read.