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Aoife Grayson's family is unique, in the worst way—every one of them, including her mother and her elder brother Conrad, has gone mad on their 16th birthday. And now, a ward of the state, and one of the only female students at the School of Engines, she is trying to pretend that her fate can be different.
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By Elisa on 09-11-13
Mary Sue and Friends Go Amok
Would you try another book from Caitlin Kittredge and/or Katie MacNichol?
Not from Kittredge. It was like listening to a 14 year old's fan fiction. The narrator was good.
What could Caitlin Kittredge have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
She could have learned how to write a cohesive story with relatable, believable, rounded characters. The world-building ideas were interesting, but there was WAYYYY too much going on - Kittredge went buck wild and invested in far too many themes - steam punk, faery, magic, zombies, dystopian world, etc.
The main character was a total Mary Sue, and utterly unlikeable. For example, she is the only female character in the story who the author presents as intelligent/worthwhile/talented (though her actions throughout the story say otherwise - she makes some dumb ass decisions for a supposed amazing genius superwoman), while all other female characters are described as vapid idiots.
What does Katie MacNichol bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
She was a good narrator. No problems with her narration, just the drivel she had to narrate.
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