Title: The Girl in the Steel Corset (The Steampunk Chronicles)
Author: Kady Cross
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pub Date: 5/24/2011
Top 25: Yes
Convince us to read the book: This book was one that was entirely pleasurable to read. The characters brought with them a great combination of light and dark. The plot was intricate enough to be engaging, but not so that it distracted from the fantastic character development. Steampunk always gets points in my book. The setting of automaton-filled, conspiracy theory Victorian London was crazy awesome. It crackled with vivacity, and gave unique conflict for the some of the characters.
Memorable or Forgettable: Good/bad characters are, unfortunately, all too common in YA fiction. However, this novel places particular emphasis on multifaceted people, instead of stereotypes. I loved the depth to all of the characters. In the main group, each person had a story and a conflict that made them relate-able. Side characters are one of the aspects that I look for in good books, because if an author can create a believable main character while developing side characters, then they're doing something right. The room that was given to strong, feminist characters only enhanced how much I loved the book.
Cover: I can see how the cover relates to the book, but I wanted something more dynamic. There is so much cool imagery dealing with light and dark, not to mention all of the steam punk stuff. I just wish that some of that could have been incorporated, instead of sticking with the same old stock image that has been used a billion times.
Age Range: Under 12-17
Quality: 4Q Better than most
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal
Additional Comments: **ANNOTATION**
It is in flight from an abusive employer, and her own dangerous sides, that Finley runs into the very people that can help her. As soon as she regains consciousness, she is thrust into a dark, Victorian world of plots, machines, and mysterious algae.