- File Size: 432 KB
- Print Length: 333 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1978423160
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: CJMA Press; 1 edition (June 6, 2017)
- Publication Date: June 6, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B071G5JKV5
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,488 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Penny Dreadful and the Clockwork Copper (Clockwork Justice Book 1) Kindle Edition
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This book will keep you up at night. Seriously. It's 3:30 AM and I just finished it. Oh, I could put it down, and did several times. But always in the back of my mind was the question of what comes next? I HOPE another book will result. This is too good a story to remain alone.
It's the story of a personal struggle for justice. The notorious Penny Dreadful roams the empires capital city, exposing corruption - especially corruption within the official justice system. How does the Penny Dreadful resolve the many violations of true justice rampant on the streets and ballrooms?
And there is Viva 3, a -- I hesitate to call her a young woman, since she was built, not bred. But inside her clockwork consciousness battle two opposing edicts: one calls for Justice, the other for comfort. As she comes to the knowledge of her own purpose and desires, how will she achieve it? She is, after all, merely a construct.
THe author did a fine job in his first novel, The Long Black. This one outpaces that achievement.
All I can say is that Anjewierden is developing quickly into a writer to keep an eye out for. He writes good stories.
Now maybe I can catch some sleep!
There's a lot of world building going on here, and this is a nice introduction. Anjewierden could go a lot of interesting places with this world if he chooses to expand on this work.
The ending sets up a sequel while still letting this book stand alone. I enjoyed the story and the vision of an alternate steampunk world. I'll be reading the next.
There's some implied adult activity that might be unsuitable for the youngest teens, but it's handled subtlety enough to not be noticed by most of them.
Confession: I was hooked by the title. Not many books do that, but this one did. I only knew of a particular sort of nasty literature with no redeeming characteristics as 'penny dreadfuls,' so discovering that this was the name adopted by the covert subversive hero; well, it just set the hook deeper. By the time I discovered that the Clockwork Copper referred to the second main character, I was utterly captivated.
'Nother confession: "Clockwork" means "steampunk," right? And steampunk means a setting in Victorian England, unless we are given a different context. Well, I was Happily toddling along, when the author, artist that he is, informs me that the two moons are nearly full. I don't know exactly why that gave me such a feeling of relieve, but it did. I suspect it has to do it the discovery that these nasty things being done by these nasty people are not happening in MY home planet. Maybe not; it was a lovely touch, though.
The theme of liberation runs through the story of each of the major and minor good guys. Even Jack, the rough ex-sailor who makes an all-too-brief appearance, finds his liberation from service to an unworthy master. Captain Shae; the high priest of Our Lady of Sorrows; even the head of the house of the protagonist; all of them are constricted by law or custom. Viva-3, the secondary hero, is just the most extreme example.
In her case, the constraints are dark programming instructions, given by her masters. To overcome them, she has to first do her part, but that isn't enough; she is also like the Beast, who must be loved.
Yes, the way is clear for the sequel. However, I want more back-story. Tell me more about Jack, Frederick, Captain Shae, and how Novella came to make her remarkable decisions.
Not too much to hope for, is it?
Although the book was really what's called young adult, I enjoyed it immensely, and I am definitely not young.