Release Date: July 14th 2015
Published by: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Steampunk
A sixteen-year-old governess becomes a spy in this alternative U.S. history where the British control with magic and the colonists rebel by inventing.
It’s 1888, and sixteen-year-old Verity Newton lands a job in New York as a governess to a wealthy leading family—but she quickly learns that the family has big secrets. Magisters have always ruled the colonies, but now an underground society of mechanics and engineers are developing non-magical sources of power via steam engines that they hope will help them gain freedom from British rule. The family Verity works for is magister—but it seems like the children’s young guardian uncle is sympathetic to the rebel cause. As Verity falls for a charming rebel inventor and agrees to become a spy, she also becomes more and more enmeshed in the magister family’s life. She soon realizes she’s uniquely positioned to advance the cause—but to do so, she’ll have to reveal her own dangerous secret.
I haven’t had very much experience with Steampunk novels (only The Falconer by Elizabeth May), but nevertheless I’m super excited about Rebel Mechanics! ‘Espionage’, ‘magic’ and ‘romance’ really intrigued me. I’m quite curious about how Shanna Swendson will execute this one!
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