Have you read any Steampunk? Maybe you have, but didn’t know that’s what it’s called. Steampunk is a new genre that is gaining in popularity with readers who enjoy science fiction and fantasy. H.G. Wells and Jules Verne created steampunk settings in their books, The Time Machine and Journey to the Center of the Earth. In the 1990s writers began to use Victorian settings for novels where characters have access to advanced technologies, many of which are the imagination of the author. The novels often take place in an alternate universe where time and history have been altered. Sometimes they are set in the future, while other times they are set in the past against a well-known historical event. Often there is a paranormal element, along with a touch of romance. Steampunk novels are exciting reads, and once you read one, you will want to read more. Here are several available in the LMC:
Clockwork Angelby Cassandra Clare
16-year-old Tessa Gray has traveled from America to Victorian London to find her brother. She is kidnapped by two evil sisters, but manages to escape and takes shelter at the London Institute, home of the Shadowhunters, whose job is to fight demons. She learns that she has the power to shift her shape and she joins the Shadowhunters in their quest to defend London from evil. The novel combines romance with vampires, werewolves, ghosts, and fast-paced action.
Leviathan by Scott Westerfield
In an alternate 1914 Europe, war has broken out between the Clankers and the Darwinists. The novel follows the story of Prince Aleksander, a Clanker who puts his trust into machines. He encounters Deryn Sharp, who is disguised as a boy and works on the airship, the Leviathan. These two clash in their beliefs and in how they plan to fight and survive the war.
Airborn and Skybreakerby Kenneth Oppel
These novels are full of adventure and romance. Matt Cruse works on the Aurora, a luxury airship that carries people across the sea. It is powered by a fantastical element called hydium. Matt is on a quest to find magical creatures he believes live in the skies. He is joined on his quest by Kate, a wealthy heiress. Along the way they meet a variety of interesting people, and have a number of harrowing adventures.
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