Cherie Priest sure knows how to write a good steampunk adventure, and I really wanted to find out what was up next in the Clockwork Century series…
Oh, Rector. Eighteen, cast out of the orphanage he grew up in, trying to figure out where he goes next. Selling sap’s an option, but his dealer doesn’t want to work with a user. Then he sees a tunnel – into Seattle. Seattle, with it’s poisonous air and its rotters. Seattle, with it’s ghost of a voice haunting his dreams.
The Inexplicables is the story of a young man who has to grow up, and who has to decide who he wants to grow up to be. Seattle gives him some options, and its characters give him sort of a roadmap. Of course, the choices are all up to him.
I really liked the previous Clockwork Century books, with its war-torn backdrop and its characters’ battle for survival. The Inexplicables is a departure from that, in its character portrait and slower pace. Priest gives us danger in the form of opportunists moving to take over control of Seattle, and a fabled monster crazy on Seattle’s air. The story moves along slower than prior installments – having a cuppa with Seattle’s residents vs. ka-pow save-the-world action – which made for quite a different reading experience. I still enjoyed it as we get to see more Huey, more Zeke, more crazy Angeline; while I love a pile of action in my Civil-War era steampunk, I do want more than a quick glimpse of them.
Give this a whirl if you want your steampunk a little more West-coast style. You don’t have to read the prior books, but I would because then you’ll get what I mean with the pace difference.
drey’s rating: Pick it up!
Title: The Inexplicables (Clockwork Century #5)
Author: Cherie Priest
Paperback: 366 pages
Publisher: Tor, 2012
Purchase at IndieBound, Amazon, The Book Depository
Source: Waukesha Public Library
Have you read The Inexplicables? What did you think?