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3.18  ·  Rating Details ·  17 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
In this steampunk fairy tale set in an alternate world, things are not always what they seem. Ludwig is a lonely boy who is shocked to discover that his father, Mandrake, whom he trusts with all his heart, has been deceiving him for years. Far from being the good-hearted scientist Ludwig admires, Mandrake instead has been busy creating an army of HELOTs, sinister machines ...more
Paperback, 169 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Mogzilla

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Oct 20, 2012 James rated it it was ok
This book had been sitting in my 'to read' pile for quite some time, and it being quite short I felt it would be a nice one to plough through in a day or two.

This book had some promising elements though overall I found it a little lacking and empty. The characters were good, though they didn't feel all that real and failed to jump off the page. Although I don't think that every book has to have romance, but I felt it lacking in strong female characters. Maybe one turns up in the second book, and
Aug 21, 2010 may rated it it was amazing
Haywired is a stunning debut YA novel. At just under 200 pages it's by no means long but Keller has done a fine job at packing loads and loads in. It's not what I'd usually read - it's predominantly aimed at boys and probably those at the younger end of YA. However, I did enjoy it immensely and would recommend it to you all.

The book begins in a tiny village called Little Wainesford which seems, to begin with, sweet and idyllic. Not for long. Just a few chapters in and things are already going d
Haywired is a little bit different to what I usually read but I love it.

The story reminds me quite a bit of the childhood frolics of Darren Shan mixed with the fairytale-come-horror of Big Fish.

I consumed the story in one evening and can't wait to start the second book.

Sep 22, 2010 Sarah rated it really liked it
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Impressive debut work, a book young and old alike can enjoy.

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I studied Ancient History and Archaeology, Egyptology, and Global Politics at Exeter, Birmingham, and Birkbeck universities respectively. I've written two children's books called Haywired and Rewired, and also I'm a freelance writer.
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