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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Steampunk: Part 4, Young Adult Selections

Alphonse de Neuville, Captain Nemo from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, 1863

Posted by Alana T.

In this last of the steampunk series, I've listed some recent young adult novels (kindly provided by Anne W.).  Don't shy away from any of these because they target a younger audience.  The plots and characters are often quite sophisticated and the themes can be very serious indeed.  I find that the biggest differences are a little more angst (the main characters are often teens) and the language is a bit simpler (that means a faster read!).  In any case, these are all great books - give one a try!

Corsets & Clockwork:  Thirteen Steampunk Romances edited by Trisha Telep.  Young heroes and heroines battle evils with the help of supernatural or super-technological powers.

The Leviathan Series (Leviathan, Behemoth, Goliath) by Scott Westerfel. An around-the-world quest to end World War I, reclaim a throne and find love; set within a dirigible.

Airborn by Kenneth Oppel. See our review from a previous post.

His Dark Materials Series (The Golden Compass, The Amber Spyglass and The Subtle Knife) by Philip Pullma. A classic story of adventure and honor; the audio is performed by a full cast and is excellent.

Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve. The story of a young woman, alone, and with memories she doesn't understand.

Foundling by D.M Cornish. A world of predatory monsters, chemical potions and surgically altered people.

Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore.  When a wealthy sorcerer hires the heroine to sing with a piano-playing automaton, she hopes for a better life; rumors about ghosts, a madwomen, and tortured fairies suggest otherwise.

Infernal Devices Series (Clockwork Angel and Clockwork Prince) by Cassandra Clare.  Vampires, demons, warlocks, and a transforming heroine make for an exciting read.

Worldshaker by Richard Harland. A young man from the upperdecks of the Worldshaker meets a young woman from below - both learn the truth of their existence.

The Clockwork Three by Matthew Kirby.  An enchanted green violin, an automaton that comes to life, and a hidden treasure.

Incarceron and Sapphique by Cathrine Fisher.  Incarceron is a prison so vast that it contains not only cells and corridors, but metal forests, dilapidated cities, and wilderness. It has been sealed for centuries, and only one man has ever escaped...

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