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Generally most stories use the “steampunk” theme as an aesthetic rather than a world-building device, but Steemjammer delves into the deeper possibilities of a world that runs on steam and clockwork. It explores how such a world would work and how it would relate to our society, all the while playing with the usual tropes associated with steampunk. I felt that this story had a refreshing take on an old and common theme and that it gave it new life in a wonderfully creative way.
Overall, Steemjammer is an adventurous, ambitious, and engaging story and an impressive debut novel. I had a ton of fun reading it and look forward to next book!
Also, if you read this novel, be sure to look at book two – they really are an ensemble piece and work best read together. The second book is also where the action gets to a head, and I’m sure you wouldn’t want to miss out. :)
The writing is good; the characters are easy to feel like you know; the setting, between our earth and a world of clockwork, powered by steam, is well developed. I had a good time, every minute I spent in this story, which I feel like was intended for Jr. and Sr. high school students but which any fantasy and steampunk fan could enjoy. I just feel cheated, and by now, not at all sure I want to buy the second book if I can't trust that it won't dump me up on the shore too soon as well.
This is the story of three immigrant children. Their parents migrated from a reality that relies on steam instead of electricity. Whenever they use an item that runs on electricity it breaks. They are dressed in homespun and homemade shoes. When they are young they have friends but as they get older the teasing begins and they are then homeschooled.
The children have never been told why they don't use electricity or where they come from. The adventure begins when the parents disappear and the children start searching for them.
There is strong emphasis on being honest and telling the truth.