The rules of Metaltown are simple: Work hard, keep your head down, and watch your back. You look out for number one, and no one knows that better than Ty. She’s been surviving on the factory line as long as she can remember. But now Ty has Colin. She’s no longer alone; it’s the two of them against ...more
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Metaltown by Kristen Simmons
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication Date: September 20, 2016
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley
Summary (from Goodreads):
Metaltown, where factories rule, food is scarce, and hope is in short supply.
The rules of Metaltown are simple: Work hard, keep your head down, and watch your back. You look out for number one, and no one knows that better than Ty. She’s been surviving on the factory line as ...more
In this dystopian society, people are divided into three classes: the working poor of Metaltown; the educated but struggling middle class of Bakerstown, and the wealthy elite of the River District. Clean water is scarce. Most food is genetically engineered from synthetic substances, released to the pub ...more
Full review to come but Simmons has created an amazing and raw story of perseverance ... A story of friendship and family and fighting for what you believe in. Definitely get this on your must read list immediately!
Full Review - 9/11
Metaltown is a raw and gritty story of perseverance, a story of friendship, family and fighting for what you believe in, no matter the cost.
In Metalt ...more
The only thing you need to know about Metaltown is that it is most definitely NOT a dystopia; instead, you get a book about social justice, child labour, workers’ righ ...more
If I haven’t told you this yet, you are going to want to add Metaltown by Kristen Simmons to your to be read list/shelf. I am fairly certain I hit every single emotion while reading Metaltown and I can’t even tell you everything. There are so many things that I loved about this book and I am fairly certain that I won’t be able to give it the justice it deserves in my rev ...more
I'm giving this book two stars. I had hoped to rate it higher. But it was impossible. I had so many issues. Sigh. But I also feel like this book could have been amazing. The writing ...more
Well, in the immortal words of Yogi Berra: déjà vu all over again. I thought Metaltown's story world was really well-crafted. I'm not sure if this book is supposed to be alt-history or sort of dystopian-futuristic, but it takes place in a bleak, gritty world that feels turn-of-the-century industrial and post-apocalyptic all at once. Food and clean water ar ...more
Some stories have more resonance if you read them at a particular time.
I didn't plan for Kristen Simmons's Metaltown to be my first read of 2017, but that's when my library copy arrived. The novel felt instantly familiar, as it fits the classic underdog plot. But instead of a feel-good story, Metaltown is dark and dystopian - and not everyone gets a happy ending.
Mostly the ...more
Are You Team Ty or Team Lena?
METALTOWN is a YA Dystopian with a little love triangle problem. I thought Ty had a little attitude problem. Lena didn’t really know any better because she was so sheltered in her fancy house. I started off liking Ty, but then I could see that she made it almost impossible to root for her. I didn’t want Colin to like her either. Ty had very few redeeming qualities as the story moved on. Having the boy she loved not love her back did not make me like her. Lena w ...more
The biggest hurdle was the slow build-up -- by which I mean it took 250 some-odd pages for something exciting to happen. I can handle slow pacing but given the nature of thi ...more
DNF @ 61%
I made it 61% through this one but I am bored to tears right now and don't think I have the energy to muster a cause to push through to the end. I don't even want to skim tbh. This one has such an interesting premise and is something that should be more interesting, but it is dry and dull and I give zero cares about the characters and their lives. There was one burst of life at about 40% that made it seem like ...more
3 / 5
Metaltown's biggest problem is that it is a completely typical YA steampunk novel. It features a tough poor girl - Ty - who has lived in the factory district her whole life, a rich girl - Lena - the daughter of of the owner of the factory at which Ty and Colin work, and Colin himself, who is possibly the "main character" of the three. Colin's family used to be a little bit better off, living in Bakerstown with his mums, until they had to move to the factory district, Meta ...more
-Ty and Lena!! Colin was good too, but I didn't LOVE him like I did with Ty and Lena. They were just badass girls who were holding their own and AAA they were greAT
-It was going ...more
I am going to be honest, Metaltown was never one of my most anticipated reads. Sure, it sounded interesting, but I mainly read it because Shannon accidentally slept through the signing, and I got it signed for her. And I ended up reading it because "why not".
The world is split between the rich and the poor. The ones that can afford it can live in the nice suburbs, while the ones that couldn't lived in places like Metaltown, where labor is strictly focused on manufacturing for the war. K ...more
This was Metaltown. Things didn't change in Metaltown. You changed, and if you didn't you paid.
Beautifully written as always, Kristen! This book was dark and gritty, and perfectly portrayed the struggles of the world. It was such a beautiful and (and heartbreaking) story! I love that it showed the power of rising up and letting your voice be heard. The unfairness of everything really struck me, I thought Kristen did a fabulous job driving that home! I really felt for the characters and the ...more
"Work Hard. Keep your head down. Watch your back."
*tries to calm down* Well, I can't stop talking about how much intense and exhilarating this book made me feel. I mean, I thought I would regret buying it just because the first five chapters introduced me into nothing but talk about introducing the characters. And the other characters that had also appeared without even the slightest description of their own backgrounds especially the district areas until they were revealed in the latest cha...more
*Genre* Young Adult, Science Fiction/Dystopia
*Full Review Pending*
Not a fan of the ending. Almost as thought it was done for shock value, rather than anything else. Perhaps Simmons was sending a message that this is a harsh world and anything can happen.
*Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews*
Published September 20th 2016 by Tor Teen ...more
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