"seems to have leapt fully formed from a startling imagination .. a gripping yarn"
- Daily telegraph (UK)
"big, brave, brilliant"
- Guardian (UK)
The ending was very satisfying. It is also interesting to see how the characters in this book view us.
This is the first book in the Hungry City Chronicles, there are four books in this series. I was really excited to read this book; I thought it was something I was going to absolutely love. It ended up being okay but wasn't as engaging as I had hoped.
I listened to this on audiobook and the narration was well done. Edwards does a great job with having distinct voices for each character and with portraying emotion. It's a book I would recommend listening to if you like audiobooks.
Part of my issue with this book was all the jumping around between characters; this made it so I never really engaged with any of the characters that well. When I finally really started getting into the story it jumped somewhere else.
The idea of cities that eat each other for resources is incredibly creative but I had some trouble suspending my disbelief about how this all worked. This was just a concept that was hard for me to process and really envision.
The characters were all so-so for me. They were kind of interesting but not all that engaging.
Overall this was an okay read but I don't plan on continuing the series. I just wasn't that engaged in the story or the characters. The idea behind this alternate world is interesting but hard to find believable. I'll be seeking out other steampunk series to read in the future.
Unique enough. I liked it OK. Just not what I am used to