March 26, 2019
In an alternative England of the 1930s where the laws of mechanics govern even the most talented engineers, a mismatched group of mechanicals want nothing more than to feel human. Under the guardianship of the devious and unlicensed Gregory Absalom, an engineer who creates mechanical children, they have no choice but to help him in his unlawful practice. But through his unethical work, Absalom winds up creating a loyal and lively group of friends who will go to the ends of the Earth for one another.
When the story's protagonist, Christopher, discovers a devastating secret about himself and the friends are torn apart, it's up to his friends to find him. What they'll discover is the secret about the dark experiment that ended in disaster many years before...
Tin is an adventure story about friendship, courage, and loyalty, and what it means to be human.
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The world building in this was very good, and the post WWI setting was different and effective. I loved that WWI served as a motivation for much of the mechanicals' roles. The characters are all well developed and distinct, and get along in a very charming way. Estelle, as the lone human, is understanding of the plight of her friends. Cormier is excellent, and Blake is disturbing. There are lots of twists that kept me turning the pages.
I love a good battle with machines imbued with the souls of rats and lots of crunching of steel machinery, but the inclusion of this after the beginning of the book, which focused on the friendship of the automatons and their loyalty to their owner, caught me by surprise. Blake was more evil than I expected, and this took a dark, dark turn. I adore the kind of nasty, vindictive revenge Estelle exacts on Blake, and young readers will enjoy the roller coaster ride these sort of plot twists create!
This really sucked me in, even though I'm not usually a fan of Steampunk sorts of stories. This had some similarities to Funaro's Odditorium series, Savage's Mysteries of Cove, Ross' The Fog Diver and Gratz's The League of Seven.
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