Review: The Steam Mole
Jan • 23 • 2013
Title:The Steam Mole
Series: Cuttlefish #2
Genre: Young Adult- Steampunk
Author: Dave Freer
Release Date: January 1, 2012
Book: ARC sent by publisher
Steampunk adventure with an environmental point. After a daring chase across the globe, Tim Barnabas and Clara Calland have brought Clara’s scientist father’s secret formula to Westralia. Here, much of Australia is simply too hot to be habitable by day. Duke Malcolm, of the Imperial Security Service, transports Claras rebel-father to a prison in Eastern Australia, hoping to bait her into attempting a rescue. Clara looks to Tim for help, only to find he has fled a racist incident into the desert. She takes a burrowing machine know as a “steam mole” in search of him. The two head to Eastern Australia, where they discover an invading force with plans to take Westralia.
After reading the first book, I wanted to see what next adventure awaitied our characters and how this new genre that I stumbled upon has took a hold of me. There were some things I wished were more present throughout the book but it was a book I held onto waiting to see what was next.
What I love most about authors was where they are able to write chapters that switch between the different characters. It is nice to see what they are thinking about situations they face. However, I found myself confused every now and then and I didn’t know who’s mind I was in at the moment.
This book felt like it was missing aspects of the genre. I felt that the women in this book were not that “out there.” And instead the book’s focus was on another era.
Dave Freer’s book has the making of an great book and maybe this book was just not for me but it may be for someone else. So I recommend this book to everyone and maybe this book can be your next favorite read.