My rating: 2 of 5 stars
This dark and thrilling adventure, with an unforgettable heroine, will captivate fans of steampunk, fantasy, and romance. On her 18th birthday, Lena Mattacascar decides to search for her father, who disappeared into the northern wilderness of Scree when Lena was young. Scree is inhabited by Peculiars, people whose unusual characteristics make them unacceptable to modern society. Lena wonders if her father is the source of her own extraordinary characteristics and if she, too, is Peculiar. On the train she meets a young librarian, Jimson Quiggley, who is traveling to a town on the edge of Scree to work in the home and library of the inventor Mr. Beasley. The train is stopped by men being chased by the handsome young marshal Thomas Saltre. When Saltre learns who Lena’s father is, he convinces her to spy on Mr. Beasley and the strange folk who disappear into his home, Zephyr House. A daring escape in an aerocopter leads Lena into the wilds of Scree to confront her deepest fears.
*Warning: there will be spoilers in this review, but most are minor. I will mark the major spoilers in spoiler tags*
”A daring escape in an aerocopter leads Lena into the wilds of Scree to fend off the many life-threatening dangers in the wilderness, and confront her deepest fears.”
”What do my hands and feet have to do with who I am? I don’t know who I am. But do you know who you are? Does anyone really? What makes a decent person? Does being the same as everyone else mean being better than other people or does it just make it easier to look down your nose at them?”
”A fine white snow floated down as if a baker were in the sky, sifting powdered sugar over a plain, brown world”
”It’s not your family who defines you; they’re an influence, all right, but they don’t have the final say, we answer that for ourselves.”