Sunstone: A Steampunk Reality – My Review!!
Steampunk – not my normal genre – is an interesting world to visit. When you can add elements of science fiction and fantasy into the mix, it becomes intriguing. Sunstone: A Steampunk Reality by Holly Barbo has all that and much more! Read on for my thoughts!
Synopsis (from the author):
The steam-powered civilization of Myrn is a thriving adolescent culture. But the rapid industrial development has given rise to greed, and the triumvirate of government, banks and industry leaders has lost sight of those it is supposed to serve and protect.
When a mysterious incurable illness sweeps through the impoverished masses, increasing the suffering to breaking point, rebellion seems unavoidable. Society is on the brink of revolution, and the planet is marked for destruction.
M’nacht, his son Kes, and his team of researchers investigate a legend about three sacred fossils that could save the people and rebalance Myrn. However, they are not the only ones looking. Where they see salvation, others see power, wealth and control.
Will the gifts from the goddess Navora be found in time to save their world, or will the sacrifice of innocents be lost under the weight of human depravity and corruption?
What I liked:
Holly Barbo’s steampunk world of Myrn was an intriguing construct. Part scifi and all steampunk, the blend of the two made for an interesting read. Kes and his father play their roles convincingly, and the greed and disregard for the populace portrayed by the elite fit into the narrative nicely. I liked the supporting characters Lastly, the fantasy elements of the sunstone and the connection with the goddess tied everything together.
What I didn’t like:
The general population’s treatment at the hands of the bankers and corporations was a bit too cliché for me. Additionally, the reaction of the populace to their circumstances was predictable. I would like more description of the goddess and how the sunstone brings about change. Improvement in those areas would make the story more real.
Sunstone: A Steampunk Reality by Holly Barbo was an intriguing read. Cool steampunk gadgets, well-done characters, and a good storyline kept my attention throughout the book. All in all, a good read. I recommend this one to steampunk and fantasy readers!
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