Author: Shanna Swendson
Series: Rebel Mechanics #1
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Historical Fiction, Steampunk
Release Date: July 14, 2015
Publisher: Farrar Straus and Giroux
It’s 1888, and sixteen-year-old Verity Newton lands a job in New York as a governess to a wealthy leading family — but she quickly learns that the family has big secrets. Magisters have always ruled the colonies, but now an underground society of mechanics and engineers are developing non-magical sources of power via steam engines that they hope will help them gain freedom from British rule. The family Verity works for is magister — but it seems like the children’s young guardian uncle is sympathetic to the rebel cause. As Verity falls for a charming rebel inventor and agrees to become a spy, she also becomes more and more enmeshed in the magister family’s life. She soon realizes she’s uniquely positioned to advance the cause — but to do so, she’ll have to reveal her own dangerous secret.
First Sentence: If I’d let myself think about what might lie ahead for me, I’d have been terrified.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
I haven’t been reading many steampunk books ever since I started blogging since I sadly didn’t fall in love with all the steampunk books that I’ve read. When I happened upon Rebel Mechanics and saw the words “A young governess becomes a spy,” I was automatically hooked even though Rebel Mechanics was a steampunk book because who can resist those six magic words?
“I said I wouldn’t stop you, and I’m here with you now.”
“That’s not what I meant. Are you choosing to be one of us, to be a full member of the movement? Can we trust you absolutely?” (ARC 140)
The first chapter or two of Rebel Mechanics immediately caught my attention – bandits are robbing a train and the main character dares to slap the leader in the face with her bag! – and made me read on. However, after that point, Rebel Mechanics slowly grew dull and I could feel my attention gradually slipping away. I didn’t really care about the rebels, what they were doing, or how Verity was working as a spy for them. (I guess I was expecting Verity to be working for them in a very dramatic and ninja-ish way, but she didn’t. I’ve been watching way too many dramas lately.) Rebel Mechanics didn’t start picking up until a reveal at the two-thirds point in the book.
The saving grace of Rebel Mechanics was Lord Henry himself as he’s so sweet and adorable and cute and just oh my -fans self.- Yes, all the rumors I side-eyed are true – Lord Henry will make you swoon and want to hug the book all day. He’ll make you wish he was a real person so you can tackle hug him and squeal. I will definitely be reading the sequel just so I will get to see more of Lord Henry.
I had no claim to him, no hope with him. I hadn’t even realized I felt that strongly for him…Oh, but this was most inconvenient. (ARC 245)
I surprisingly enjoyed reading about the steampunk world Rebel Mechanics was set in. What happens when the America colonies never won the Revolutionary War because Britain had magic to help them? That is the world we get in Rebel Mechanics. I love the magic aspect in Rebel Mechanics and how the rebels got creative since they didn’t have magic.
Overall, Rebel Mechanics was a creative, fun book with the cutest character ever that you have to read about because how can you not? I am definitely looking forward to reading the sequel.