Wednesday, August 8, 2012
The Girl in the Clockwork Collar, by Kady Cross- Review
In New York City, 1897, life has never been more thrilling - or dangerous.
Sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne and her "straynge band of mysfits" have journeyed from London to America to rescue their friend Jasper, hauled off by bounty hunters. But Jasper is in the clutches of a devious former friend demanding a trade-the dangerous device Jasper stole from him...for the life of the girl Jasper loves.
One false move from Jasper and the strange clockwork collar around Mei's neck tightens. And tightens.
I was down with the Gangs of New York vibe of The Girl in the Clockwork Collar, but I have to say my biggest disappointment in it was the lack of Jack Dandy. He was, by far, the most interesting character for me in the first book so I took the loss of him a bit hard. HOWEVER! I do have to go on record as saying I liked this book considerably better than the first.
Cross's characters were allowed to grow into their own in the second instalment of this series. There was a lot of boys versus girls silliness I could deal without but other than that I felt she was hitting the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen meets the X-Men feel much more clearly this time around.
Finley was finally allowed to enjoy being a tough ass, instead of being a simpering wallflower scared of her "powers" and I enjoyed the changes that made to her character. I wasn't crazy about how overly protective Griffin was or how huffy he gets with her when she uses her skill set. Especially since that is theoretically what he's put his merry band of misfits together for, after all. But I was disliking Griffin less than I did in Steel Corset. Which is not to say I wouldn't prefer Dandy as the love interest still, because I do.
It was interesting to see Tesla portrayed in another steampunk book. Last I read of him was Scott Westerfelds Leviathan series, though I'm currently reading The Unnaturalists and he's been mentioned there as well. Funny how he seems to be the go-to character in steampunk right now. God knows he was a crazy historical figure filled with great material. I enjoy seeing the different takes on him.
Jasper was particularly interesting in Clockwork Collar, I liked him in Steel Corset but he was much more secondary in it. I enjoyed getting more of him and his background, but am wondering if he'll disappear in book the third like Dandy did in this one. I hope not, it's tedious loosing all the most interesting characters.
A much stronger story than The Girl in the Steel Corset, The Girl in the Clockwork Collar has convinced me to keep going with the Steampunk Chronicles. If for no other reason then I need some more Jack Dandy.
The Girl in the Clockwork Collar, By Kady Cross
Published by Harlequin Teen, May 22nd, 2012
My copy acquired at the BEA
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