Title: The Girl in the Clockwork Collar
Author: Kady Cross
Series: Steampunk Chronicles, book 2
Genre: YA Steampunk
Source: Review copy from publisher
“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.”
The Girl in the Clockwork Collar is the second book in the Steampunk Chronicles by Kady Cross.
The Girl in the Clockwork Collar starts couple of days after the events in The Girl in the Steel Corset. After Jasper arrest in London Griffin, Finley, Sam and Emily embark in a new adventure in search for the truth behind Jasper apprehension. At their arrival in New York they discovered that Jason wasn’t arrested, but was brought to New York by orders of Reno Dalton, who is the leader of a crime organization. Years back, when Jasper was living in America he stole from Jasper a device that could be use as a dangerous weapon. As a security precaution Jasper dismantled the weapon and hid its parts all around New York City. But now, Dalton wants his weapon back and to force Jasper hand he has in his power Jasper’s old flame, Mei Zing.
Dalton is not using shackles to have Mei imprisoned but has put a collar around her neck, if she gets too far from him or somebody else touches the collar it will start to tighten until he stops it or Mei will die.
The only way for Griffin and the gang to help Jasper is to infiltrate Dalton’s organization and here is where the adventure begins.
Findley has come a long way since The Girl in the Steel Corset, now she knows about her duality and is trying to make the best choices despite not being an easy situation. She is a good friend who is willing to go the extra mile to help those she cares for. Findley is also trying to come to terms with her feelings for Griffin and her sentiments of social inadequacy in regards to their different status.
In this installment Griffin also comes to accept his feelings for Findley and decided to act upon them even though he’s worried for her, he knows that a bad choice could change her forever and the Findley he loves could become somebody else.
Griffin feels very responsible for his friends, he’s the leader of the group and that makes him take everything that happens to them as if happened to him or worse.
Sam is the same broody Sam of The Girl in the Steel Corset, but in this book he shows a little more his soft side, who knew he had one. He has learned to accept what he has become and is doing his best with the second chance life gave him. The relationship with Emily is going strong; it’s easy to see they care deeply for each other. Emily is still the same genius we know, creating new and incredible machines everyday. In this installment she also shows us she has a backbone and doesn’t hide behind the others and her smart brain saves them more than once.
One thing I really liked about this book was the setting. This is the first Steampunk book I read set in New York and I really like a new setting for a change. I also liked how Mrs. Cross integrated real characters to the story like Nicola Tesla and in a sense the people of Five Points and their social struggles of the time.
The Steampunk aspect is strong in the story and really well done, so much that some of the inventions were almost believable.
From the very beginning I had my suspicious about who was good and who was bad and where betrayals were going to come from, I was pretty spot-on, but at the same time Mrs. Cross surprised me with the "depth" of the betrayal, if I can call it that.
The Girl in the Clockwork Collar is a fun, easy and entertaining read. All in all, The Girl in the Clockwork Collar a good addition to this series.
If you like YA and Steampunk this is a series you need to read. This book can be read as a stand-alone but there is a lot of background story behind the characters that I suggest you to read them in order to get the full effect.
I’m really looking forward to read more about Griffin and his motley crew and hopefully about Jack Dandy too.
My Verdict: 4 Paws
Other books in this series
The Strange Case of Finley Jayne (Prequel)
The Girl in the Clockwork Collar
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