India Bentley is fighting for her family’s survival in dystopian London, but when a stranger and her android appear with questions about her missing father’s mission she is drawn into a race to find the legendary Ironheart in frozen Siberia. With a cast of step-mothers, pirates, androids, killers, baddies, traitors and more she discovers the secrets of the world, her family and herself as she goes.
This book was crazy. But, I think, good crazy! After all these miserable dystopias this was a bit silly fast moving, packed full of adventure, magic, mystery, technology, danger and a lot of fun. I think I would have loved this when I was younger, and I really enjoyed it now too!
This felt like a book that wasn’t trying to take itself too seriously. The bizarre, weird and wonderful happened, we had vastly extreme characters and a huge variety all bunched together and it turned into an exciting adventure.
Also, the dystopia was refreshing. Though there was enough to make you disgusted; the much older man who India’s Step-Mother wants her to marry, the teen boy killer, the monsters and baddies – it doesn’t seem like it’s trying to make any sort of point, and there is no evil ruling class. Which is different, which is good.
It’s also set up well for future books. There’s plenty of mystery and scope to go further, and the characters are ones I wouldn’t mind knowing better. We could have perhaps got to know them better this time, but I didn’t mind too much. I’m looking forward to finding out more about the whole thing!
So it’s not a work of great literature, or probably a book that teens will fall in love with like Twilight, Hunger Games etc. But it is a LOT of fun and I’d recommend it!
Thanks Netgalley for the review copy.