Ticker by Lisa Mantchev
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Steampunk continues to fascinate me with all the historical elements mixed with gears and gadgets that are ever present in this genre along with action, suspense and a touch of romance. Ticker is an example of steampunk done well in the young adult category. It has solid writing with plenty pomp and pageantry but not too much to disturb the flow of the story. The twists and turns will keep you guessing while the non-stop action will have you on the edge of your seat. What could be better than that?
After Penny Farthing's near death accident, she awakens with an augmented heart implanted by Calvin Warwick. He may be a brilliant surgeon, but his quest to create the perfect "Ticker" for Penny has cost many people their lives. Warwick's trial for mass murder sets up a chain of events that will have the Farthing family, their friends and the army scrambling to find answers. Warwick is on the run after an explosion at the court house and Penny's parents are kidnapped. Who is the master mind behind the explosion and kidnapping?
Penny may have an expiration date on her new Ticker, but she will live every day to its fullest. Her zest for life sometimes puts herself and others in dangerous situations. Warwick is the mad surgeon you love to hate. What a great combination! I would definitely recommend this book and look forward to reading other stories by Lisa Mantchev in the future.
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