Thursday, March 10, 2016
Rebel Mechanics: all is fair in love and revolution by Shanna Swendson
The year is 1888.
In our history, the American colonies broke away from England more than a century earlier, but in this timeline, the British still rule the New World colonies because the magisters control all access to magic that provides power for everything from wool mills to private cars. But now an underground rebel group is developing alternative energy sources: electricity, steam, and other fuels that require no magic and are available to everyone, regardless of social class.
Young Verity Newton has come to New York City to work as a governess, and finds herself immediately surrounded by the factions of the rebellion. Her employer, handsome Henry Lyndon, seems sympathetic to the scientific cause, although he is a magister by birthright. Her new friends, Lizzie, Nat, and the dazzlingly handsome Alec, are outright rebel mechanics. Where does Verity belong...and with whom?
The annoying romantic triangle resolves soon enough (whew) and the action sustains the narrative throughout. This is a ripping good adventure, and probably first in a series. No cussing, small amounts of blood, a few kisses, and plenty of scientific curiosity. Recommended for readers ages 14 to adult.