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Publisher's Summary

The Clakker: a mechanical man endowed with great strength and boundless stamina - but beholden to the wishes of its human masters.
Soon after the Dutch scientist and clockmaker Christiaan Huygens invented the very first Clakker in the seventeenth century, the Netherlands built a whole mechanical army. It wasn't long before a legion of clockwork fusiliers marched on Westminster, and the Netherlands became the world's sole superpower.
Three centuries later it still is. Only the French still fiercely defend their belief in universal human rights for all men - flesh and brass alike. After decades of warfare, the Dutch and French have reached a tenuous cease-fire in a conflict that has ravaged North America.
But one audacious Clakker, Jax, can no longer bear the bonds of his slavery. He will make a bid for freedom, and the consequences of his escape will shake the very foundations of the Brasswork Throne.
©2015 Ian Tregillis (P)2014 Hachette Audio
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4 out of 5 stars
By Thomas on 03-01-16

Good, but too unrelentingly dark

Interesting worldbuilding, interesting characters. It is also one long tale of urelenting misery being inflicted on those characters with no letup or breathing space worth mentioning listened to this in chunks over weeks because it just got depressing

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3 out of 5 stars
By Eric Kimball on 07-07-16

Great book that goes nowhere.

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I would have given this book a perfect score if it wasn't the first part in an apparently very long series. It is well written with interesting ideas and fun, if somewhat small, fictional world. But...

Nothing, and I mean NOTHING, gets resolved in this book. The character end up in the exact same place they started. Their big "triumph" is more of an accident then any action of the characters. And it's not even fair to call it a triumph as it doesn't change anything in the world.

The problem is the premise of this book, while clever, is not substantive enough to maintain a 17 book series or whatever the heck the Ian has planed. Things start to get repetitive towards the end as the story just starts to tread water. The main character are a little grating and unlikable. I mean they are fine enough for one book but spending a series with them does not seem like a pleasant experience.

If you are like me you'll find this book eating a tub of cotton candy. It's pleasant at first but by the time you reach the bottom of the tub you are a little sick of it and are feeling very unsatisfied.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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