Colorado teen Theodora (Theo) will do anything to find her missing mom, including travel into the hidden and mysterious Victorian subculture of Aether. She takes a ride with airship pirates to a floating island full of strange automatons and even stranger people.
After a century-old feud reignites, she uncovers the alarming truth about her family's past. Finding her mother is more important than ever.
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What first drew me to this book was the cover itself. Normally I tend to ignore the covers as they never seem to match what is actually in the book itself but this cover was so gorgeous, I just had to read the blurb. The fact that I do really enjoy steampunk also helped out the decision.
The first part of the book had me confused however as there was anything to do with steampunk. It was a good story with a spunky heroine so I kept reading. It really didn't take that long before I was immersed in steam ships and automatons. And even more interesting characters. I really liked the Stein children especially Victor.
The plot and pacing of the story are great with danger and new puzzles around every corner. Theo really impressed me with her determination to find her mother and to protect the youngest Stein daughter. She also discovers some new info about herself and her family that broaden her horizons.
I do recommend this book to any of my readers who enjoy young adult as well as steampunk. For myself, I am waiting impatiently for Valora's story to come out.
*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions expressed within are my own.