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Before getting to my Metaltown book review, I must warn you, the whole book review is a bit new to me, so bare with me while I try and figure out my style and approach.
by Kristen Simmons
September 20, 2016
The rules of Metaltown are simple: Work hard, keep your head down, and watch your back. You look out for number one, and no one knows that better than Ty. She’s been surviving on the factory line as long as she can remember. But now Ty has Colin. She’s no longer alone; it’s the two of them against the world. That’s something even a town this brutal can’t take away from her. Until it does.
Lena’s future depends on her family’s factory, a beast that demands a ruthless master, and Lena is prepared to be as ruthless as it takes if it means finally proving herself to her father. But when a chance encounter with Colin, a dreamer despite his circumstances, exposes Lena to the consequences of her actions, she’ll risk everything to do what’s right.
I received Metaltown in the October box from FairyLoot in their Steampunk Rebellion box. If I am going to be completely honest, although I find the styling of steampunk interesting, it doesn’t immediately entice me to read a book that is considered steampunk. So I was a bit nervous about this book, as it isn’t one I would have even considered if given the choice. That being said, I am glad that this book arrived at my doorstep. It was well worth it.
The story focuses on three characters, Colin, Ty and Lena with a good blend of side characters that you can’t help but fall in love with also. It feels as if the books main focus is on Colin, and it is more his story, but perhaps that is just because it was his story that captured me the most. You get to see the story from the perspectives of all three characters, with each chapter focusing on a specific character. I normally dislike these kinds of stories, but this one flowed really well in this format.
The world and environment that the story takes place in is not one that we find in current society, but is so well crafted and believable that it feels as if we are getting a glimpse into the future, or perhaps an alternative reality that could exist. Everything about it feels realistic. There is nothing mystical or out of reach about it. I think this is what drew me in the most. Kristen Simmons did such a great job presenting this world that I can still clearly see the streets and smell Metaltown and the surrounding areas. No time during the book did I feel disconnected from the story and where it was taking place. I was there, with Colin, Ty and Lena the entire time.
The first little bit of the book was a bit slow going for me. Perhaps this was because it was not the norm for me, so I need a bit of extra time to figure out if I was really interested or not, but the story picked up, and then it jogged at a steady pace, and sprinted at the end. Overall the pace was good, and kept me wanting to read more. As the story went on, I became more emotionally attached to the characters, and even was near tears about a character I didn’t think I liked as much as I did until that point. For most of the story I had my favorite character of the three. By the end I was in love with all of them, even all the side characters. I even loved the villains in this book, because their actions made sense to me because of the circumstances. This made everything so believable, and in some instances, due to current world events, almost too real. In the end I found myself wanting more. Not specifically about these particular characters, but more about the before and after. There is definitely space for Kristen to revisit, however it also ends at a good point, so I am not disappointed that this is a one off story.
At the time that this book came out, there really was no way that Kristen Simmons could have known how relevant to today’s events coincide with the themes of this book. Perhaps it will inspire hope in the younger generation that this book is aimed at.
Overall I really enjoyed this book. If you are looking for something a bit different than the usual young adult fantasy genre, and a easy, good flowing read, then you should pick up a copy of Metaltown. In fact, get your copy from Amazon by clicking on the book: