When I picked this up, I was expecting a steampunk adventure. Well, adventure is what I normally get when I read steampunk, but I quickly figured out that this story was very different. It’s a character driven novel with a moderate amount of action, but it draws an emotional response that I wasn’t prepared for.
I never expected to tear up and worry over a robot, but Ms. Puckett managed to stab me in the heart with the endearing little character Boy. Normally, I’d find a robotic child extremely creepy and run screaming from the room. But Boy is so innocent and loveable that I couldn’t help loving him as much as Liberty comes to.
Liberty begins as independent and rough around the edges. Well, she stays that way, but she begins to learn how wonderful it is to have companions, in a world where people spend their lives all alone. Love has all but disappeared, and as a result, humans are on their way to extinction. Liberty was content to journey alone, finding whatever treasures were left after the Great War. As it turns out, she will find even greater treasures in companionship. Now Liberty is able to share those treasures with those she has come to love. Her outlook changes dramatically and for the better. She is a wonderful character, staying true to herself while still managing to evolve. That’s good writing.
I must also mention that I loved the way apples and honey were presented as something so precious and beautiful. It reminded me of how much we take for granted. It was easy to put myself in Liberty’s position, experiencing a bleak future in a dying world.
4 out of 5 stars
Ages: 15+ (strong language)
Available on Amazon