First read from July 30 to August 09 in 2011. Rereading this because with the trilogy finally complete, I've forgotten what first two books were aboutFirst read from July 30 to August 09 in 2011. Rereading this because with the trilogy finally complete, I've forgotten what first two books were about. ...more
I seriously can't wait for the second novel. This was just a great read. At first I was a little confused as to what was going on, what were nightjarsI seriously can't wait for the second novel. This was just a great read. At first I was a little confused as to what was going on, what were nightjars, and the proctors. But in a few paragraphs I realized that I was reading a steampunk novel. I rarely pick up a steampunk novel and if I do I don't really get it. But I have to say that Kittredge made it easy to read, and understand what was going on. Though there were also times I was confused where the story was located (England or America) but I also got over that confusion. I have to say that that ending was surprising, and there were parts of the novel that I was scared for Aoife, and there were times when I seriously wanted to kill Cal for always getting Aoife stuck in some dangerous situation. But he redeemed himself towards the end of the novel, when I realized why, and what he was all about. This was a real page turner. I just had to find out what was going on.
Aoife Grayson is a ward of the state, as her father doesn't want anything to do with her, and her mother is in an asylum. She and her brother Conrad grew up in group homes. When Conrad turns 16, he turns a knife on his sister. It is said that in her family people go crazy when they turn 16, and as her 16th birthday is near by, she too has a highly possible chance that she too will follow in the footsteps of her brother and mother. Apparently, her family is a carrier of this disease that people in Lovecraft fear, it is the necrovirus. Little does she know what the necrovirus really is. She learns about her true strength and her world when she receives a letter from her brother, who was supposed to be in the asylum. She follows her brother to her father's mansion, where she is faced with her Weird and her Grayson family history.
The novel follows the adventure of Aoife, Cal, and Dean as they embark on a journey to discover the truth about their world. And when they realize that their world is changing as Aoife has an encounter with a Fey. Aoife realizes that she not only carries the necrovirus in her blood but the Weird that she inherited from her father as well. She find the mechanism of any machine alive and breathing, which allows her to control her father's mansion. She is threatened to help the Fey, and when she does, she realizes that the Fey lie, they manipulate, and they destroy. These Fey are darker, creepier, crazier, and scarier.
With each character introduced you realize that this is not some light-hearted novel. This is dark, scary, and a bit crazy compared to most Fey related novels. Just when you realize that you know your characters you don't, because Kittredge springs something new on you from the dark. And just when you think you have the novel figured out, you don't, because there are truths that covered in a million layers of lies, in the same ways that the city of Lovecraft is above, and its heart is below, in the Engine works.
The geography of the novel is amazing too. When you first start, your in Lovecraft, a city named after the author H.P. Lovecraft. From here you are taken to a town called Arkham (another tribute to the author, H.P. Lovecraft). In between these two places, Kittredge takes you to the Rustworks, where all the Heretics or those who live outside law live. She takes you to the Bridge, which in opinion is the most memorable place in the novel. In Arkham, you have the Grayson mansion, where the trio live for awhile, there Aoife is sorta kidnapped to the Land of Thorn. She also takes us to Ravenhouse (which is the seat of the government), the sewers, where the monsters live, and from there to the Engine works, where the heart of the city really is.
Its a beautiful concocted novel. You have steam, monsters, law, Fey, darkness, madness, disease, friendship, and betrayal. But with all of this mixtures Kittredge also adds a bit of a love interest between Dean and Aoife, which makes the novel a nice little package of joy to read. I seriously can't wait for the 2nd in the Iron Codex. ...more
Its the most amazing book i've read. Sure there are stories that are great but this one goes beyond that in the sense that it shows how a special needIts the most amazing book i've read. Sure there are stories that are great but this one goes beyond that in the sense that it shows how a special needs child sees the world around him, and how he relates and interacts with it. Its amazing in the sense that its so much information ranging from scientific facts to mathematical equations to maps, signs, flow charts, emoticons, and definitions of words. Its the most amazing book with a mystery worked into in such a smart way that you forget that there is a larger mystery than the planetary movements. The mystery is that of a murdered dog on the Christopher's street, since he relates well to animals, he feels that he must solve the mystery (by using Sherlock Holmes methods) and write his story as well. The story is presented in a such a way that looking at the world through Christopher's lens just seems so alien, yet unique in the sense that he is able to rationalize people into computers and how computers work. His dream is to be an astronaut which changes at the end of the novel to becoming a scientist, which is like the perfect job for him because of the way he deduces people into various scientific and mathematical equations. He's such a smart and brave character as well, as he goes in search and for the first time leaves the safety of his home into the outside world, where it is crowded, noisy, and where there are alot of strangers. ...more