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What did you love best about Steeplejack?
Steeplejack follows the adventures of 17-year-old Anglet Sutonga as she searches for truth, purpose and the murderer of a young apprentice amidst the depths and heights of a society divided by class and race.It is a rush of a story with gorgeous sentence-level writing, memorable characters and enough plot twists to keep it interesting.
What did you like best about this story?
Author A.J. Hartley gives readers a lush world of landscape and characters to explore. I like the descriptions of the wildlife and diverse human/racial communities presented. Read by the incomparable Noma Dumezweni, these descriptions transport the listener to a compelling, alternate world.
What about Noma Dumezweni’s performance did you like?
Ms. Dumezweni captured the spirit and the heart of the characters as I imagined them. Her voice and performance perfectly matched the world presumably imagined in steampunk Victorian South Africa.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
It was a fantastic listen and I highly recommend it.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
This alternate reality steampunk (did the author intend any steampunk imagery?) was so hyper realistic that I found myself living the life of the lead character, I could feel the social tension between classes as colonialism was drawing to a close in a diverse world struggling for equality of race and class. I could feel the tensions between the old ways of my people dieing too slowly to help the optimism of the fresh generation. I dreaded but did not fear and revere my interactions with the not-so necessarily evil white colonialist establishment and found intrinsic goodness in my interactions with some of them. All my prejudices were challenged as I sought to discover the mystery that was bringing my city into chaos. Where you might expect to find gimmicky airships and gizmos, here in Barcelem you'll find yourself.
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