Rebel Mechanics

Rebel Mechanics

All Is Fair In Love And Revolution

Paperback - 2016
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What if British magic kept the American Revolution from ever occurring?

It's 1888, and seventeen-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 issympathetic 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.

Rebel Mechanics: All Is Fair in Love and Revolution by Shanna Swendson is a fast-paced, romantic young adult novel full of intrigue and starring a strong, spunky heroine.

"Steampunk fans will enjoy this gadget-filled costume drama." - Kirkus Reviews

Publisher: New York : Square Fish, 2016
ISBN: 9781250079947
1250079942

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Nov 05, 2015

This was a unique and interesting historical fiction/fantasy. It takes place in 1888 in America that still belongs to Britain. The magisters (those who have magical powers) are the ruling class. Magic is the power source for how things work. The mechanics are are looking for a way out of the magister/British rule. The book is nicely paced, has likeable characters, and good storyline. I look forward to reading the sequels.

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marthabwaters
Sep 24, 2015

The premise of this one is interesting--an alternate 1888 in which the American Revolution failed and the colonies are governed by a ruling class of British magicians--even if the execution is a bit clumsy at times. It's a neat fantasy/steampunk hybrid, and while it's fairly predictable, and characters' relationships seem to progress in leaps and bounds instead of organically, the cast of characters is likable, the world is intriguing, and it's an entertaining enough read to ensure I'll be reading the sequels. Recommended as a readalike for Gail Carriger's Finishing School series, although a bit lighter on the steampunk.

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