The Girl with the Iron Touch
Steampunk is a rather complex genre to write about since the author have to combined elements of science, technology and historical background to make it actually believable to the readers. Not many authors dare to write YA steampunk so when the first book of this series was published, I was so eager and excited to get my hands on it.
What I love most about the series are the various characters and their individual quirks. Finley is super strong but is suffering from dual personalities due to the effect's of her father's experiments. Griffin can control the Aether. Sam is also super strong while Emily is a genius with all things mechanical. There's also their American friend; Jasper who lost her Chinese girlfriend in the last book and Jack Dandy; a guy dealing with shady businesses who adored Finley.
I'm so delighted to find out that Emily (my favourite character from the series) is the main protagonist in this one. And as the gang raced through time to save her from the clutches of the evil and barely alive Machinist, it is clear to see that she is the one who always keeps the gang together. Without her, Sam and Finley are always at each other's throat while Griffin is troubled by his own visions in the Aether. Emily on the other hand faces a moral dilemma, when she meets an automaton who resembled a young girl known as 312.
The romantic relationships between the various characters are also at the forefront here. And it is indeed nice to read how the gang finally confront their feelings towards each other. Overall, I must say this book is a fitting conclusion to the series and Kady Cross has done a brilliant job in tying up everything together. However, I do hope there'll be more stories about Jasper or even Jack Dandy since they deserved their own happy endings.
Verdict: 4 stars.
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