Seventeen-year-old Petra Wade, self-taught clockwork engineer, wants nothing more than to become a certified member of the Guild, an impossible dream for a lowly shop girl. Still, she refuses to give up, tinkering with any machine she can get her hands on, in between working and babysitting her foster siblings.
When Emmerich Goss—handsome, privileged, and newly recruited into the Guild—needs help designing a new clockwork system for a top-secret automaton, it seems Petra has finally found the opportunity she’s been waiting for. But if her involvement on the project is discovered, Emmerich will be marked for treason, and a far more dire fate would await Petra.
The search is over! I’ve finally found a steampunk book that I really, really like!
The Brass Giant is a a thoroughly delightful book, and I’m very much looking forward to the rest of the series. It has a great plot, it’s very well written, and the steampunk elements fit neatly into the era.
There’s a fair bit of romance in the novel, and that’s not usually something I’m a fan of, but it’s just so sweetly done that I really didn’t mind it at all (and even found myself gushing in a couple of places). It’s a little bit over the top and a little bit angsty … but what teenage romance isn’t?
There’s a huge focus on the disadvantages Petra has being not only from a lower social class, but a girl, and this was very well done for the most part. A couple of times it felt a little over-emphasised, although still very accurate considering the era it was set in.
I really enjoyed the story line, and I’m very curious to see what comes next. I liked the detail that went into the mechanical explanations – thorough without being incomprehensible to those who have no idea about machinery. I also really liked how new information about various factions was introduced – it was very skilfully and subtly done, and I was very happy to see my initial reaction to one of the secondary characters wasn’t wrong after all.
I absolutely can’t wait to see how the story progresses, and highly recommend that everyone goes and reads it right now.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.