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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 long as she can remember. But now Ty has Colin. She’s no longer alone; it’s the two of them again
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380 pages
Published September 20th 2016 by Tor Teen
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Luna✮MyOwnBookAdventures✮ There sort of is. I'll put more details in a spoiler tag! <spoiler> both girls are in love with the same guy, but it's quite obvious that Colin…moreThere sort of is. I'll put more details in a spoiler tag! <spoiler> both girls are in love with the same guy, but it's quite obvious that Colin is only in love with one of them. </spoiler>(less)
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Sara Raasch
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Les Mis meets the Newsies.

Prepare to be destroyed, basically.
Alyssa
Dec 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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 long as she can re
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Hannah Greendale
Crooked men run Metaltown, an industrialized city where children are exploited for labor. If the children want rights and proper pay, they must rise up in rebellion and fight for what they deserve.

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 p
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Jaime Arkin
Omg so stinking good you guys!!! And Kristen Simmons be proud, you had tears welling in my eyes at that one part!!!

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 cos
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Mayim de Vries
Apr 23, 2017 rated it liked it
When I started Metaltown I was expecting a standard YA dystopia with all the tropes typical for the genre. Nothing outstanding, just your classic Novel Recommended by the Author of Much Better, More Famous Book (well, in this case we talk about Sara Raasch who penned Snow Like Ashes so I am not so sure about the last part).

Anyway.

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’ rights and solidariTY.

And that there is no
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Erin Arkin
Dear Kristen Simmons...you get me, okay? I loved everything about this book and that's even though you made me cry.

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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 r/>Full
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Carina Olsen
I had been so excited to read this book for ages. As I adore Kristen. And I thought this one seemed so amazing. Then I was lucky enough to win an ARC of it, and now I have finally gotten to read it. But oh. I have so many thoughts about it. And most of them are not good. At all. Sobs. I'm just angry. I'm so, so angry.

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.
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Jen Ryland
Way back when, I read Kristen Simmons Article 5. I looked up my review, which said (in short) loved the story world; didn't love the romance.

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 are scarce, peo
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Rebecca McNutt
Metaltown has been on my to-read list for quite some time, and I can definitely say that it's nothing short of incredible. This dystopian tale brings readers into a polluted industrial nation, where three unlikely young friends decide that it's high time they question the ruthless factory-run society they live in. Sort of as if Six of Crows and the 1995 film The Mangler were combined, Metaltown brings together many themes and genres, from steampunk to environmental to young adult, and it does so in an explosion of imaginatio ...more
Rebekah
Oct 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Full review to come...
Paula Stokes
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book wrecked me. It's a slow-burner with a lot of world-building and character development, but the plot has plenty of twists and turns and action, too. I really respect the way Kristen Simmons can write a dystopian novel that presents a totally fictional world that contains so many elements relevant to the real world. Class differences? Labor disputes? Environmental destruction? Endless war? These elements resonated so much with me and Simmons never resorted to becoming preachy or overtly ...more
Tez
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
NOTE: I first published this review as part of the group "My Favorite Things" column on Speculative Chic, 6th February 2017.

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.

M
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Karen
May 19, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, sci-fi, dystopia, bea-2016
Click here for my full review and more from my blog, KissinBlueKaren.

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. Hav
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joey (thoughts and afterthoughts)
I had high hopes for this story not because of its comp titles (steampunk Newsies meets Les Mis) but because it felt like such a me-story (gritty dystopian setting, multi-POV, ragtag bunch o' fellas trying to overthrow via. shenanigans). And if I'm being honest, the world building is probably my favourite aspect to this book.

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 n
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Becca Fowler (PivotBookTotes)
May 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bea16
my feels are completely crushed
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Jamie (Books and Ladders)
Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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
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Atlas
Feb 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, fantasy
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3 / 5

~mini review~

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 fac
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Hanne T
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Hanne by: Hailey Hudson
this was GOOD. A cross between Legend and Cinder (I don't know the Newsies + Les Mis well enough to compare). I wasn't really expecting much when I went in to it, and it took me a while to get into the book, but in the end, I definitely teared up and I definitely sat for a few minutes afterwards clutching it

Things Liked-
-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 g
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Valerie
3.5 stars

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 manu
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Jessi (Novel Heartbeat)

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 their hardships.

My only complaireally 
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Hailey Hudson
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OH. MY. GOSH. I just read this in one sitting and now I'm making dying seal noises because I just CANNOT. Kristen Simmons is so freaking good at storytelling. I've read 130 books so far this year, I think, and this is definitely in the top 10. I loved Metaltown. I loved Ty, I loved Colin, I loved Lena. (I guessed the first plot twist with Ty, but not the ending... ugh ugh ugh not okay.) Someone else here described this book as a cross between Newsies and Les Mis, and it definitely reminded me of ...more
Ms. Yingling
Jul 19, 2016 rated it liked it
The rage for Dystopian books has passed in my library. Vaguely futuristic setting with orphans in rags working for an evil guy at horrible jobs, although the rich characters seem to have a decent existence. I would have liked more discussion on why things were the way they were. Will pass unless I get another wave of demand for Dystopian books.
Everythingat1once
Jan 14, 2016 marked it as to-read
I have to wait till September?! NOOOOOO! I want it NOW!!! plz?
Mavis Ros
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites

"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 c

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Shelley
*Source* Library
*Genre* Young Adult, Science Fiction/Dystopia
*Rating* 4.0

*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*

http://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/201...

Published September 20th 2016 by Tor Teen
Aimee Meester
Jan 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, dystopia, meh
Could have done with more character development and a little bit more plot, not to mention the unnecessary and forced romance, but otherwise, I didn't hate this??? I really enjoyed the concept and her writing, and it avoided all of the annoying shoved-down-your-throat messages from other books of hers that I've read. And I wasn't bored. So there was that.
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Kristen Simmons is the author of the ARTICLE 5 series, THE GLASS ARROW, METALTOWN, PACIFICA, and the upcoming DECEIVERS. She loves her family, Jazzercise, and chocolate cupcakes. She currently lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

For more updates on Kristen and her writing, follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @kris10writes.

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