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In the rugged landscape of Eastern Oregon, a young scientist named June uncovers an exquisite artifact - a 300-year-old mechanical doll whose existence seems to validate her obsession with a harrowing story she was told by her grandfather many years earlier. The mechanical doll, June believes, is proof of a living race of automatons that walk undetected among us to this day. Ingeniously hidden inside the ancient doll is a lost message addressed to the court of Peter the Great, czar of Russia.
Russia, 1725: Peter and Elena, two humanlike mechanical beings, are brought to life under the watchful guise of Peter the Great. Their struggle to serve in the court of the czar while blending in and to survive amid those who fear and wish to annihilate them will take Peter and Elena across Russia, Europe, and, ultimately, the centuries, to the modern day.
The Clockwork Dynasty is Daniel H. Wilson's masterful new novel. It seamlessly interweaves past and present, exploring a race of beings that live by different principles from humans but ultimately value loyalty. As June learns more about these beings, she is quickly drawn into a fierce battle that has spanned the centuries and will ultimately determine the survival or extermination of this ancient race. Richly drawn and heart pounding, Wilson's novel expertly draws on his robotics and science background, combining exquisite characters with breathtaking technology - and unmatched action. The Clockwork Dynasty is a riveting breakout novel.
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By Kindle Customer on 12-10-17
Great story but...
I LOVED the story!! If I still had the time and patience I would totally buy a real book and read it again. The female narrator murdered this book for me. I will be sure to add her to my list of ones to avoid in the future. The male narrator was wonderful and I could listen to him all day! I’m not sure if/how a sequel could be done but if it’s narrates by someone else, I will definitely keep listening!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By Erica Schmidt on 05-07-18
Interesting Historical Scifi
This narration needed some pizzazz, like a full cast. I didn't hate the female narrator, but she didn't quite carry the story. Maybe I would have liked her better if there wasn't such a jarring difference between her style and the style of the male narrator who she swapped back and forth with. I lay the blame on the production. The story was interesting, but I probably would have enjoyed it more if more questions were answered. Sequel?
2 of 2 people found this review helpful