With a name like ‘The Girl in the Steel Corset’, Kady Cross’ novel gives you very little idea what it’s all about. I mean, clearly there’s a girl. And she wears a steel corset. But that’s pretty much it.
Well, let me tell you that this is my new favourite series. Now, I warn you that this novel is not for everyone, but I’m a major fan of the Steampunk genre, so I loved it.
Steampunk, you say? What’s that?
Steampunk is a genre based in an alternate Victorian era. It’s a bit science-fictioney, a bit fantasy, a bit Wild West-ey and has a lot of emphasis on cool old school technology. Think movies like ‘Atlantis’, ‘The Golden Compass’ or ‘A League of Extraordinary Gentlemen’. It’s a feisty genre, with plenty of action and thrills, and just enough fantasy and mystery to keep it interesting. These pictures should give you a bit of idea what it’s all about.
But back to the novel. It’s 1897 England and Finley Jayne is convinced she’s a freak. With her superhuman strength and terrible anger, she can’t keep a job as a maid. When a prominent young Lord tries to take advantage of her, Finley defends herself in a way that is natural to her – but devastating to her victims. Taking refuge in the house of Griffen King and his mysterious band of mysfits, Finley finally finds a place where she belongs. But safety comes at a price – Finley finds herself an integral part of an elite team who work to avenge the wrongs of others.
If you think this novel sounds a bit X-Men, you’re right! If you think it sounds a little like Cassandra Clare’s ‘Clockwork Angel’ prequel series – right again! This is why I love Steampunk as a genre – it takes a little bit of everything and makes it new. I loved Finley as a heroine; she gets around in corsets and kicks butt all over the place. Plus there’s the obligatory (but awesome) love triangle going on between Finley, Griff and Jack; a character with shades of Captain Jack Sparrow about him. This novel is funny, heart-warming and thrilling, and I can’t wait for the sequel: ‘The Girl in the Clockwork Collar’.