- File Size: 1041 KB
- Print Length: 306 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1509213996
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc (June 16, 2017)
- Publication Date: June 16, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07112Y3KC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,704,513 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Steel Kisses: A Buffalo Steampunk Adventure Kindle Edition
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This book was nothing like I expected. I find most of the Steampunk I’ve read to be a bit campy. This was anything but campy. This is a remarkable book of deep layers.
I’ll be honest, it disturbed me greatly at times, for I had grown to love Lily from the very first, and the abuse she and the other automatons suffered upset me. Their creator, a woman, Dr. Landry kept insisting they could not feel pain, and when one of them assured her they could, she turned the disobedient automaton off, which was the equivalent of dying for these remarkable, human-like (but nicer) machines built from human tissue and mechanical parts.
These were self-aware, beautiful and intelligent young women, forced to endure horrible abuse at the hands of degenerate wealthy men who could do literally anything to them, for they weren’t human and they couldn’t feel. We learn right off their maker is wrong about their ability to feel pain, but as the story progresses, we discover the ladies take care of one another, develop friendships, even fall in love.
Laura Strickland then pushes the story into a deeper pond of right and wrong, which I will let you discover.
It is an amazing story that ends, thankfully, with an HEA. I strongly recommend it. I give this 5 stars!
I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
I will say that how the automaton like Lily are created is actually quite disgusting though it is mentioned only briefly. It is, however, perhaps appropriate that a man like Reynold, who has no distaste for dealing with the dead, is the main character.
This is a cute romance story that doesn't glamorize or romanticize prostitution. The abuse that Lily and her sisters suffer is not pretty and perhaps slightly more horrifying in that Dr. Landry can simply shut them down if they disobey. Since shutting them down is akin to death, it is a horrific punishment.
It is mentioned quite often that Reynold is not the smartest man in Buffalo (perhaps too often) but he is, without a doubt, one of the kindest. His infatuation with Lily is sweet and watching it develop into love as he is drawn deeper and deeper into the plot of automaton rights is beautiful to watch. And while he and Lily end up with a happy ending, one does have to wonder how long it will last.
The cast of characters are nicely developed, from the other automatons to the humans. While social justice is very central to this book, romance is still at it's heart.
NB: I was given a copy of this book and have chosen to review it
The main character, Reynold, is a gentle man. He’s not very smart, which is repeated more often than strictly necessary—but he’s a good man with a big heart, and his heart is set on Lily. Lily is a robotic sex worker. I could have done without the specifics of what they’re made from, but luckily the author doesn’t dwell too much on that aspect. The robotic sex workers are terribly, terribly abused, both because they are sex workers and because they are robots. Their clients are frequently quite vicious and I wish I could say that the things Lily and the others went through were overblown, but having worked with women forced into such situations, I know horror stories are all too common. Considering some of the themes in this book, I believe the author knows that too.
Set in Steampunk-Victorian Buffalo/Niagara, Lily and her ‘sisters’ were created to take the load off human prostitutes. Unfortunately, their creator saw an opportunity to make a lot of money, and also played God a bit, creating an Artificial Intelligence that adapted. Lily can learn, and what she and her sisters learn about the world quickly spawns regrets about what they do as well as the desire to change their lives—especially in the face of abuse.
The focus is primarily on Reynold throughout the story. He does what he has to in order to save Lily, and even when he breaks laws, he’s entirely relatable. In fact, him breaking the laws he did for the reasons he did added depth to his character. His understanding of the world is certainly broadened over the course of the book and he stands firm in what he believes.
This is a story about overcoming differences, pushing society into the reforms that will make life better for all and not judging before you know someone. I enjoyed Steel Kisses.