Book Review: Clockwork Dynasty by Daniel H Wilson
Hi guys! I hope everyone is having a relaxing weekend and is getting in plenty of reading and running! I got in a 5 mile run before Jeff and I headed out to the Union Square holiday shops this morning. We’re also hoping to catch a viewing of Murder on the Orient Express later today!
Below I have a review of Clockwork Dynasty by Daniel H Wilson, a fantastic book that I really enjoyed reading and I hope you will too!
Moving seamlessly between past and present, Clockwork Dynasty follows June, an anthropologist studying ancient technology as she is thrown into a hidden world that holds more secrets than she could ever imagine; Peter, a human-like mechanical creation; and Elena, Peter’s sister who find themselves key players in the survival of their species.
Clockwork Dynasty started a little slow for me, but once the story got rolling I couldn’t put the book down. The book switches between the past and present at each chapter and while some stories can seem a little disjointed when using this method it worked well in Clockwork Dynasty. I enjoyed moving back and forth between what was occurring in the present and what happened in the past which lead to the current situation.
I loved June. She was a tough character who wasn’t afraid to protect herself, but still had moments of fear and panic about what she was getting herself into. She felt realistic and, honestly, I just love reading about female anthropologists. I felt so bad for Peter as his story unfolded throughout the book, and Elena was a great counter to Peter’s character. The other second characters and villains were diverse and multifaceted.
Daniel Wilson has degrees in computer science and robotics which really shine through in the science and sci-fi elements of this story. A few times the robotics got a little confusing for me, but I was able to figure out what was going on and really enjoyed imaging the creations Wilson was describing.
Rating 4/ 5 – A fantastic, well developed adventure filled with unique characters and wonderful uses of science. Not just for those interested in steampunk stories but fantasy and sci-fi in general, along with anyone who loves a good adventure. I highly recommend this book!
Reading anything exciting this weekend? Doing anything festive?