Forbidden Series Book 2
Published March 2015
A steampunk/cyberpunk book set in a post-apocalyptic future by award winning author, Regina Puckett.
Freedom isn’t a place Harmony would normally travel to, but she’s there on a mission to rescue her brother and cousin, Walker and Journey. Since The Great War, the world has become a barren and unfriendly place. If Harmony didn’t already know that, she certainly does the moment she winds up in the wall-off city of Freedom. It turns out that this city is anything but free. Its people are ruled by a group of huge, spider-looking robots aptly named Overseers.
Harmony’s big plan is to run in, rescue Walker and Journey and then steal one of the Overseers’ steam engines to use in their escape. The only thing going in her favor is an escapee from Freedom and two rusted-out, falling apart robots who have offered their help. With the plans made, all they need is to find a way to sneak Walker and Journey out of their jail cell and figure out how to run a steam engine. Easy right? Throw into this crazy mixture a few Overseers determined not to let them get away and a steam engine low on water. It all turns into a long flight to Forbidden that is fraught with danger.
This is book 2 of the Forbidden Series. For my review of book 1, click here.
Harmony faces grave danger while attempting to rescue her brother and cousin. Her path leads her to a new friend, and the possibility of love.
I’m not sure why Ms. Puckett writes short fiction. This would make an excellent full-fledged novel. There is so much to this world, and so much depth in these hundred or so pages, and it left me wanting a lot more! Naturally, I’ll be reading the next book in the series, but I’m sure it will never be enough. Yes, that is a compliment!
The world where Harmony finds herself is a complete mess. War has devastated the land, and she travels high above it all in her airship. She’s tough while still remaining human, and I love that about her. She never becomes cliche or predictable. In finding Griffin, I think she’s found an excellent match. He’s brave and loyal, and the two make a great pair. This is one instance where a budding romance didn’t detract at all from the action of the book. There’s tons of action packed into these pages, and it had me on the edge of my seat the entire time.
The robots were fascinating as well. Yes, there are bad ones, but I was delighted to see the return of Boy from book 1, and that he’s in good condition though he’s picked up some habits over the years. I enjoy that robots can be given their own personalities beyond some programmer’s whim.
Only two things bothered me about this story. First, there are a handful of typos that were just plain obnoxious. One comes at a time when the line of dialogue should be delivered with force, but it loses its luster when the words are out of order. Secondly was the length. Everything went by so fast! I would love to see this slowed down and the pages filled with all the details. What was it like being held by robots? What peril did Molly face? Those scenes could have been amazing, and I know Ms. Puckett has the talent to write them. She has a captive audience, and we’re all begging for more.
4 out of 5 stars