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The Unnaturalists Hardcover – August 14, 2012
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The one thing I would question about this book is its target audience. While I think this was written for people in their teens, there are aspects of the plot which I think would evade some younger readers. The characters -- especially in their relationships with each other -- are very complicated, and there are many facets at work here that do not lead to a pat ending -- and, in fact, there is no "pat" ending and in the other reviews I have read, I believe that this was unsatisfying for some of the young readers. An adult reader, however, would not be disturbed by it ... I'm afraid that is all I can say without needing to tag the spoiler flag.
I look forward to reading other books by this author.(
In a world surrounded my magic but where its use is prohibited, Vespa Nyx lives a pretty ordinary life. Vespa works in a museum with her father where they store magical creatures (Elementals) that are kept in stasis. If she had it her way Vespa would never marry and would work at the museum for the rest of her life, but her father has other plans for her.
This story takes place in New London, an early London style world that is full of magic and danger. As you read you will learn about the upper-class city people and the lower-class people (Tinkers) who live on the outskirts. The Tinkers are in tune with nature and the mythical creatures that live among them. Because of this, the Tinkers are taken from their homes and enslaved in the refinery where they have no hope of escape. In New London we also meet the Archetects, a group of magic users who are trying to stop the destruction of magical creatures and bring balance to the city.
*Some of the characters
Vespa- I like how strong she is and that she doesn't cry or run away from danger. She knows what she wants and who she is.
Hal- He is very complicated and is constantly at war with himself. I liked that he is flawed but wants to do the right thing and I loved seeing him grow as the story progressed.
Syrus- He is my favorite character and has enough personality to carry his own book series. Syrus is smart, resourceful, and has a beautiful soul.
These are just a few of the wonderfully written characters that live in this captivating world. "The Unnatrualists" is a rich and detailed story that I couldn't put down. The characters are full of life and jump off the pages as you read. New London is a perfect mix of fantasy, romance, and adventure. I really hope that this is just the first book based in this world and I can't wait for what comes next.
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THIS is a book I can't wait to pass off to my daughter when she's old enough. In an age where most women are portrayed as weak and in need of rescuing, Vespa is no shrinking... Read morePublished 6 months ago by alex
Great story! Magic and myth and a message. I highly recommend it if you like fanciful things and steampunk.Published 11 months ago by A. Millett
I loved this story. For the complexities, for the creatures of myth, for the way the words were woven, for the truth that one must believe, for all the amazing things, this was a... Read morePublished 13 months ago by K. Smith
This story takes place in an alternate London that was somehow swept into another world complete with and run by elementals and other magical creatures. Read morePublished 13 months ago by K. M. Martin
THE UNNATURALISTS does what the best fantasy should; it creates an entirely unique and cohesive world while holding a mirror to our own. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Edith Bishop
“The Unnaturalists” by Tiffany Trent avoids all the bad things that YA novels often suffer from. There’s no sickly sweet love triangle. No simplified vocabulary and prose. Read morePublished on March 11, 2014 by William D. Wallace
The Unnaturalists by Tiffany Trent -- Five Stars
This young adult steampunk novel revolves around Vespa Nyx and the Museum of Unnatural History -- and the possibility... Read more
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I am normally not one to judge a book by it's cover, but goodness, this book looked good. The sleek cover and synopsis made me jittery with excitement. Read more