Sunday, 27 January 2013

URBAN STEAMPUNK REVIEW: Clockwork Century 4: Ganymede - Cherie Priest

Release Date: 03/01/13


When paranoia is a way of life, trust doesn't come easily. The Sidhe look like us. They live amongst us. What they lack in numbers they make up with their fearsome mental abilities and the considerable physical resources at their disposal. And their biggest advantage? No one believes they exist. Almost no one. Bez, the best hacker in human-space, is fighting a secret war against them. Always one step ahead, never lingering in one place, she's determined to bring them down. But she can't expose the Hidden Empire alone and when the only ally she trusted fails her she must accept help from an unexpected quarter. Just one misstep, one incorrect assumption, and her Sidhe trap - her life's work - could end in vicious disaster. Worse, if Bez fails then humanity may never have another chance to win free of the manipulative and deadly Sidhe ...


Steampunk seems to be a genre that grows more popular with every release and as s reader I love to suspend belief and dive headlong into a work of mechanisation clockwork. Yet whilst I’ve read way more than I’ve enjoyed if a title’s blurb more than grabs me, whether I’ve enjoyed an author before or not, I can’t resist the lure to travel to this wonderfully inventive genre.

Whilst I wasn’t the biggest fan of Boneshaker as I couldn’t really get on with one of the protagonists, this book did do a reasonable enough job of keeping me engaged and while I do love a story that brings zombies alongside it, the book really doesn’t add anything that I’ve not seen before as a lot of the elements within the set up failed to live up to the twists that I was expecting within. All round whilst it is a solid enough title, I want something that pushes the boundaries, something that deliver a hell of a ride that doesn’t leave me wondering how long I’ve been reading and whilst this has been a pleasant enough diversion, it’s not one that’s going to stay with me that long. All round a great shame.

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