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The main character, Juliet, really annoyed me though. How old was she supposed to be at the end? I know there was a span of years and she started off around eight, I think. Either way, her stupidity or naivety was too much. She was friends with Anna (I lose that term loosely), and I couldn’t figure out how Juliet thought Anna actually cared about her especially when the Runners were involved.
Strangely, whenever I came across a mistake such as left out word, wrong word used, or mess-up with punctuation, there were several mess-ups altogether. I’ll provide an example below.
Juliet meets Princess Arlene. Arlene is talking about one of her brothers and says, “He didn’t care a bit about the city…” and then proceeds to say, “…and my son loved literature.” Huh? Her son? That part was strange because she never says anything further regarding her son, and Juliet never asks.
There’s a similarly strange part near the end of the story. Juliet and Johnathan are talking, and he mentions that he’s slept with a woman before. The next sentence starts with: “My sister.” The way it’s written made it sound like he was saying he’d slept with his sister. But he goes on about how he had made a fort out of blankets with his sister, which again, doesn’t make sense given what they were talking about.
Juliet sneaks into Mrs. Roger’s house and lures her upstairs by knocking over her sewing stuff. Besides the fact there are several mess-ups in this single sentence: “’A good man like Rogers, stuck with a nephew like that., ‘he’d said looking down the barrel of the gun,” it doesn’t really make sense. Juliet was talking about her grandfather mentioned that Mr. Roger’s worked at the ice cream parlor. This was told to her while a coffin was being constructed. So, going back to the quote above, why would he have been looking down the barrel of a gun?
Juliet had wanted to have friends in her seaside village, so when Anna took an interest, Juliet did whatever Anna wanted to do, including learning to pick locks, steal and lead a double life as a Runner. The Runners tended to do whatever they wanted in New Addison City, and the Riders were the ones to enforce the law to keep them in check. She had never thought they were really dangerous until they used her to attack a new Rider in the city. Now she wants to make up for the damage done and help the Rider any way she can.
This is a steampunk world that doesn't quite align with ours. It's not meant to be an alternate version of countries here but is one of its own. There is still a president and mentions of royalty from years ago, but the focus is more on the people living in the city and the complex relationships they have with each other and their double lives than the clockwork. It's still fascinating to look into the fragments of history as Juliet learns them, as well as see her grow up through hardships. We probably didn't need the first few chapters as it was to give us Juliet and Jonathan's history, as that could have been woven into the current day plotline as flashbacks or dream sequences. Seeing the "x years later" heading on a new chapter was a bit jarring at first, as I wondered when the main plot would pick up. Once it does, it steamrolls through.
I want to start off by saying, I have never read a steampunk novel before and I really wasn't sure what to make of the genre. So, I wasn't expecting that much from this book but I was blown away. I enjoyed this book almost right from the start. The book just kind of grabs you and pulls you in.
The story is told from two different perspectives. A young man named Jonathan and a young girl turning into a woman named Juliet. These two people in my opinion are vastly different and you see them both growing into who they are throughout the story. Jonathan seems to know who he is early in life. He grows into a perfect ideal of himself almost, but Juliet doesn't. To me the book was telling a story of someone who grew up not knowing who they are on the inside and learning how to find themselves. How to be strong, how to just look in the mirror and not think that she is worthless.
I really, really enjoyed the story, the steampunk aspects or all the terminologies and things were ok. Like I said, I'm not familiar with the genre, I don't know if this is typical. It didn't take away from the story it just seemed natural. It didn't over shadow the plot or anything.
I would 100% recommend the story to anyone, it is a really good book. It was very well written. There is action, and a little romance in this book as well.
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