Rebel Mechanics

Rebel Mechanics

All Is Fair in Love and Revolution

Book - 2015
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In 1888 New York City, sixteen-year-old governess Verity Newton agrees to become a spy, whatever the risk, after learning that the man for whom she has feelings sympathizes with rebels developing non-magical sources of power, via steam engines, in hopes of gaining freedom from British rule.
Publisher: New York : Margaret Ferguson Books, Farrar Straus Giroux, ©2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780374300098
Characteristics: x, 310 pages ;,22 cm

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Nov 05, 2015

This was a unique and interesting historical fiction/fantasy. It takes place in 1888 in America that still belongs to Britain. The magisters (those who have magical powers) are the ruling class. Magic is the power source for how things work. The mechanics are are looking for a way out of the magister/British rule. The book is nicely paced, has likeable characters, and good storyline. I look forward to reading the sequels.

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marthabwaters
Sep 24, 2015

The premise of this one is interesting--an alternate 1888 in which the American Revolution failed and the colonies are governed by a ruling class of British magicians--even if the execution is a bit clumsy at times. It's a neat fantasy/steampunk hybrid, and while it's fairly predictable, and characters' relationships seem to progress in leaps and bounds instead of organically, the cast of characters is likable, the world is intriguing, and it's an entertaining enough read to ensure I'll be reading the sequels. Recommended as a readalike for Gail Carriger's Finishing School series, although a bit lighter on the steampunk.

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