Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Grigory's Gadget (The Gaslight Frontier) (Volume 1) Paperback – March 12, 2016
|New from||Used from|
"Grigory's Gadget had me on the edge of my seat from the beginning, and I never knew what would happen next." - The Blonde Bookworm
"No slow starts here: The book was extremely fast-paced and full of action from start to finish with despicable pirates and a ton of surprising characters." - N3rdbomber
"Hennessy manages to maintain her story's own mythology, creating a very believable world that has an interesting history and an exciting future." - Page One Books
About the Author
E. A. Hennessy is an author of fantasy and science fiction novels. Since childhood, whenever she happened upon a wishing well or other wish-granting object her wish would be the same: she wanted to go on an adventure. And so, she wrote the types of adventures on which she'd like to embark. E. A. Hennessy lives in Buffalo, NY where she works as an environmental engineer. When she isn't writing or working, she can be found dancing and making nerdy-themed candles.
If you buy a new print edition of this book (or purchased one in the past), you can buy the Kindle Edition for FREE. Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon. Learn more.
For thousands of qualifying books, your past, present, and future print-edition purchases now lets you buy the Kindle edition for $2.99 or less. (Textbooks available for $9.99 or less.)
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
review below written so there are no spoilers....
What is successful in this author's debut novel is: its exotic 'Russian' feel (what a rich history to draw from! I would have enjoyed even more references); there are many strong, interesting female characters (including the girls who are skilled at 'dance lessons' and engineering); the object itself- its background, how it functions were intriguing and very steam punk. There is also some interesting political positioning going on in this world, as a major war / conflict is brewing, The friends are loyal to one another and of noble character. I think the ending also leaves off in a perfect spot- the original story-line is resolved, but there is curiosity as to what happens next with Zoya and her compatriots. She's still a target that various groups will be chasing after into the sequel....
Criticisms: For me, the first two chapters were really slow and I felt that they added very little to the overall story-line, but thankfully, things picked up after that. The dialogue too, could have been much stronger; adding more depth and richness to the story, heightening the suspense, and revealing more about the characters as well as making them more unique and distinguishable from each other.
Parents: Although not necessarily YA, it would probably be suitable for most younger readers- especially if you're looking for an adventure story with strong, competent female characters. There are hints at romantic relationships without any sexual situations. Some violence and blood shed.
Overall- a fun adventure read, with steampunk elements, pirates, and loyal friendships depicted. I think what bumped my rating to a four was the story plot line, the introduction of the strong- but believable- female characters and the intrigue of the gadget itself.
Hennessy keeps the story moving along at a pretty brisk pace, even as she takes time to let her characters emotionally "breathe". The story's steampunk elements are well-considered and thought out, and I like that most of the characters have clear motivations of their own. There are a lot of different conflicts going on in this book.
GRIGORY'S GADGET is the first book in a series, and I look forward to seeing what else happens in this world!
Comes to a satisfying conclusion, but with room to grow into an exciting series. I'm looking forward to what comes next.
Zoya soon discovers that the pirates are interested in what she believes to be a useless, albeit mysterious family heirloom, and the challenge is on to protect herself, her friends, and the gadget.
No slow starts here: The book was extremely fast-paced and full of action from start to finish with despicable pirates and a ton of surprising characters. I had an easy time picturing the group of friends and the world in which they lived, and honestly could really see this as some sort of animated show. Some of the characters and steampunk technology even reminded me a bit of Treasure Planet.
My favorite character was probably Alexi who is one of the pirates on the ship that shanghai's Zoya and her friends. He was a bit mysterious and bitter when the reader first meets him, but as the story progresses you learn more about him and what makes him tick.
The setting is interesting and provides a good deal of the conflict. It is a dystopian steampunk world that I don’t really think I want to live in! I also like the twists and turns in the plot that related to dystopias versus perceived utopias in the book. The grass isn’t always greener!
One thing that I struggled with was a connection to Zoya, the book’s protagonist. The book is in objective point of view, which is not a point of view that I read very often. Over all Hennessy does well with it, but I felt that I wanted to know more about Zoya and on occasion struggled to feel what she and the other characters were feeling. I wanted to learn more about her and her past and hope that there is more opportunity for that in future books!
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes YA Steampunk, and some fans of YA fantasy. One thing to note, it does seem to target a younger audience. While the book is mostly in the steampunk genre, it did have quite a few elements that I enjoy in YA fantasy - lots of action and adventure across a fantastical world.