Series: The Steampunk Chronicles, #3
Published by Harlequin Teen on May 28, 2013
Pages: 384 pages
Reviewed by: Kristina
References to sex, kissing
In 1897 London, something not quite human is about to awaken
When mechanical genius Emily is kidnapped by rogue automatons, Finley Jayne and her fellow misfits fear the worst. What's left of their archenemy, The Machinist, hungers to be resurrected, and Emily must transplant his consciousness into one of his automatons—or forfeit her friends' lives.
With Griffin being mysteriously tormented by the Aether, the young duke's sanity is close to the breaking point. Seeking help, Finley turns to Jack Dandy, but trusting the master criminal is as dangerous as controlling her dark side. When Jack kisses her, Finley must finally confront her true feelings for him...and for Griffin.
Meanwhile, Sam is searching everywhere for Emily, from Whitechapel's desolate alleyways to Mayfair's elegant mansions. He would walk into hell for her, but the choice she must make will test them more than they could imagine.
To save those she cares about, Emily must confront The Machinist's ultimate creation—an automaton more human than machine. And if she's to have any chance at triumphing, she must summon a strength even she doesn't know she has....
THE GIRL WITH THE IRON TOUCH was a solid addition to The Steampunk Chronicles with lots of twists and fun concepts. The plot is pretty classic steampunk adventure with lots of interesting mechanical animals, odd human abilities, and one super creepy villain. A word of warning, The Steampunk Chronicles is one series where you should definitely start at the beginning with THE GIRL IN THE STEEL CORSET just to get all of the characters and plots straight.
The really cool thing about this series is the range of ethnic backgrounds and life experiences between the six or so main characters. All of the characters are engaging and complex with some interesting challenges to face with their abilities and with each other. While I enjoyed seeing the different perspectives and the representation of multiple ethnicities the constant changing between narratives lessened any emotional impact or connection to any of these characters.
The only character I really wanted to read more about was Mila, a girl created in a lab who starts to become more and more human over the course of the story. The description of her first time feeling ‘human’ sensations and noticing changes to her body chemistry were really fascinating and I would have loved to see more of her evolution. Also, seeing Mila from Emily’s perspective was fun especially when she finds out just who’s DNA Mila has. Emily was another character who I enjoyed as she was the epitome of assertive, tough, intelligent heroines I so love in these stories.
It took awhile to actually get into THE GIRL WITH THE IRON TOUCH due to the number of character narratives and a super twisty plot, but once I got everything sorted it was an enjoyable steampunk adventure story. The major cliffhanger leaves room for another potential book in The Steampunk Chronicles.