Rebel Mechanics (Rebel Mechanics #1) by Shanna Swendson
To be published: July 14, 2015
It is 1888, and the British are still controlling the American colonies through the use of magic. Sixteen-year-old Verity Newton has come to New York City to become a governess to a rich magister’s (magic-users) family. She soon discovers that everything is not all as it seems, with the family and in the city. Verity finds out that there is an underground organization of mechanics and engineers called the Rebel Mechanics who are developing non-magical sources of power by creating steam-powered inventions. She ends up becoming a spy for the Mechanics due to her connections with the magisters, but she harbors a secret herself. Will she be able to help the right cause? Recommended for ages 14+, 4 stars.
I love alternative history books, especially steampunk ones, so I jumped at the chance to read this one. Add in an independent YA heroine, and I’m sold. I really liked Verity’s character because she questioned everything, and wasn’t afraid to speak her mind. I liked that she was educated like a university student. She was very naïve in the beginning but her character definitely developed as the story progressed. I honestly would rather she have gone for Henry, than the Rebel inventor Alec (who was exciting at first until the reader found out he was just using her).
Disclaimer: I received this advanced reader’s copy from the publisher Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review.