Title: The Iron Thorn
Author: Caitlin Kittredge
Publisher: Delacorte Books
Status: Available Now
*full disclosure: Borrowed from a Friend
In the city of Lovecraft, the Proctors rule and a great Engine turns below the streets, grinding any resistance to their order to dust. The necrovirus is blamed for Lovecraft’s epidemic of madness, for the strange and eldritch creatures that roam the streets after dark, and for everything that the city leaders deem Heretical—born of the belief in magic and witchcraft. And for Aoife Grayson, her time is growing shorter by the day.
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.
Oh, this book. THIS BOOK. I loved this book, Distopia, Faeries, Steampunk AND Magic? What more can a girl ask for? lol sorry *fangirl moment* Wow I—why is it so much harder to write positive reviews?! Seriously every time I say something I have to edit out all the ridiculous fan girl moments… I’m sorry, thanks you guys for putting up with it.
This is kind of a heavy duty novel, but it’s so worth it. I haven’t really transported into another world in a long time, but in this novel I was emerged in it’s world. The monsters, the necrovirus, the machinery and magic it all felt so real. The pacing was perfect sometimes I fell like stories can rush you into all the information too fast where as this novel was able to let you absorb everything without being too slow as well. There is some romance but it developed over time which as you know I fully appreciate, it minimizes the ridiculous. Also it wasn’t the main focus of the story the main focus was the dystopian world and to answer some big questions about the society, the necrovirus and the balance between science and magic.
Okay the characters were amazingly developed and each of them had something to offer. For the purposes of keeping this short I’m going to focus on the main three. Aoife (the heroine of the story,) Cal (her best friend) and Dean her guide. Aoife Grayson is pretty much my hero, she’s smart, brave and basically a badass. She’s in a world where women are still considered “the weaker sex” and she never lets that stop her. She however is in constant fear of the madness that has consumed the rest of her family. The story really begins when Aoife goes off to find her mad brother Conrad when he asks her for help.
Cal who is Aoife’s and was Conrad’s best friend, refuses to let Aoife go it alone, as much as it grieves him. Cal’s a little annoying at first I mean he means well and you can really tell he cares about Aoife but he’s a tad ridiculous but sort of fluffy and adorable. He has bad moments and great ones. Honestly, when you find out about Cal’s real deal, it stuns you. I know it stunned me , and it really made him more endearing. I know it shouldn’t have but it did and it made me want to give him a cookie or a really big hug.
Dean is the mysterious one of the group. He’s kind of great at moments, and exceedingly interesting to figure out. He is the perfect guide and for the most part is levelheaded.
Loved it but I wish we could have seen Conrad sooner