The Iron Thorn (Iron Codex #1)
And how could you miss it being a YA boo...more
It took me a little while to get into it. I'll admit the world itself took me a while to get used to, the lingo and what-not. (I can't really say if it was just this novel, or if it's steampunk related.) But once I was enraptured by the story, there was no turning back!
What a complex world! Magic, machines, Kindly Folk..... I can honestly say I never knew what to expect next! I was blown away by the complexity and innovation of this novel. Kittredge is a ve...more
One complaint though: the reader shouldn’t be tasked with having to figure out how to say the lead’s name. I mean, “Aoife”. It took me several tries to figure out how to roll my t...more
I have read a historical/steampunk novel about faeries.
And actually liked it. A lot. So much that it even made it to my "books I fell hard for" list.
*dun dun DUUUUUUN*
Every time someone asks me what my least favourite type of books to read are, I always say historical. And faeries. You see, historical just isn't something I'm interested in. I find it boring. The only other historical book I actually like is The Infernal Devices series, but that's because I already lov...more
Genre: Fiction, Steampunk
Plot summary: In an alternate 1950s, mechanically gifted fifteen-year-old Aoife Grayson, whose family has a history of going mad at sixteen, must leave the totalitarian city of Lovecraft and venture into the world of magic to solve the mystery of her brother's disappearance and the mysteries surrounding her father and the Land of Thorn.
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This book is a Must-Read! It’s got something for everyone: steampunk, romance, adventure, dystopian, secrets, mysteries, great characters, monsters, strange worlds, faeries, a beautiful written story, a plot with unexpected twists…
Here’s the short(ish) version of the review:
* The cover seems very fitting, it projects the grim feeling of dark fantasy in the story, while bringing across the lonely feeling Aoife must have had many times, surr...more
The Iron Thorn. / Caitlin Kittredge. / 2011.
Genre: Young Adult Fiction - Steampunk & Fantasy.
Format: Book - print. 512 pages.
"In an alternate 1950s, mechanically gifted fifteen-year-old Aoife Grayson, whose family has a history of going mad at sixteen, must leave the totalitarian city of Lovecraft and venture into the world of magic to solve the mystery of her brother's disappearance and the mysteries surrounding her father and the Land of Thor...more
This was my first venture into the steampunk world (and yet it still mixes in a little dystopia) and I have to say that I was quite impressed. At almost 500 pages long (hardback version...more
I really enjoyed this. The author really excelled in the worldbuilding, in my opinion. I think the story managed to pretty much use any stereotypical facet...more
The story is just amazing, to have the complex plot it has, it's just mind blowing. The science, the "necrovirus", the monsters, the faeries, the whole shebang, it's amazing how Caitlin Kittredge managed to keep track of it all.
I don't usually like books with romance/adventure, but Caitlin wrote it in such a way that you don't really notice the romance, and when you did it was some huge event in the b...more
The Iron Thorn follows Aoife through a tough time in her life. Her family has a history of madness, and it...more
Steampunk fans will delight in this first title in the sure-to-be-popular Iron Codex series, featuring an alternate, Victorian-flavored America tightly controlled by Proctors and driven by the Engine, an underground power source. The only girl at the prestigious School of Engines of Lovecraft Academy, Aoife Grayson is terrified that she will follow her mother and brother into the hereditary madness that strikes on the sixteenth birthday, now just a few weeks away. Determined to escape that
For starters, the blurb is not really truthful. I thought I was getting a steampunk book with madness. Not so much. The Iron Thorn is really a fairy book, with a to...more
Our heroine is a orphaned ward of the state (view spoiler)[though neither of her parents is actually dead (hide spoiler)] who has a state-provided scholarship to an academy for engineers (view spoiler)[even though the academy believes she will go insane at the age of 16 and so they want to kick...more
A good story. Kittredge drags you in right from the beginning with her Master Builder religion and Aoife's mentally ill mother. The atmosphere in the cities is rather Big Brotherish and everyone is encouraged to inform on everyone else for heretical acts. Which are legion.
Aoife is pre...more
This was my first venture in the world of steampunk and I was not a bit disappointed. I found this to be an inc...more
Aoife, the main character, leaves me a bit stymied. On one ha...more
Overall, though, Iron Thorn wasn't bad. This is Kittredge's first YA novel so I will cut her some slack, but she does have a ways to go before she becomes a good YA author. The characters, creatures, and worlds are one-sided. The Land of Thorn is a dark, scary, bad place; the Proctors are all e...more
The Steampunk details the author brought to the table were my favorite part of this novel. Not only were all of the different vehicles and machines explained in detail, but also the social structure of the world that was built. The city of Lovecraft ran on steam and was controlled by order. There was a slight "Big Brother is watching" feel to the government agency. When Aoife makes it out of the city, on her quest to find her brother, she finds a totally different world out in the c...more
Then Aoife receives a letter from her brother Conrad, telling her to go to their father's estate in Arkha...more
In a world of gears and clockwork, machines and iron bridges, Aoife Grayson is a young girl waiting for th...more
There was a lot I loved about this book. The three lead characters, Aoife (pronounced “eefuh”…I had to ask the author…) Cal, and Dean, are delicious to rea...more