From Goodreads: Finley Jayne knows she's not 'normal'. Normal girls don't lose time, or have something inside them that makes them capable of remarkably violent things. Her behavior has already cost her one job, so when she's offered the lofty position of companion to Phoebe, a debutante recently engaged to Lord Vincent, she accepts, despite having no experience. Lord Vincent is a man of science with his automatons and inventions, but Finley is suspicious of his motives where Phoebe is concerned. She will do anything to protect her new friend, but what she discovers is even more monstrous than anything she could have imagined...
The Writer's View
This was super-fun novella that introduces readers to the steampunk world of Finley Jane. The characters are fun and there are some great action scenes. This story was perfect for the 3-hour commute I had to make! Some of the science was a bit absurd and there wasn't enough time to really delve into the characters, but there's so much action and adventure and the other stuff didn't bother me. I'm hoping there will be more characterization and worldbuilding will be in the next novel, The Girl in the Steel Corset.
One of the things that always gets me about steampunk books is the technology. I just have a hard time buying a lot of it. In a fantasy world, I know going in that I'm being transported to a new world with new rules. So when some dude shows up and shoots lightning out of his fingers tips, I'm good with it. Steampunk technology is supposed to based on an alternative history of our world. Our rules of science roughly apply to the steampunk world, if in a divergent manner. But I often run into "steampunk science" that is completely absurd and in no way feasible. There were a few cases in this book that set off my "no-way-in-hell-would-that-work" alarm, and I don't consider myself scientifically saavy. I won't go into details because they'll spoil the story. But I have found absurd science to be a theme in a lot of steampunk books.
What do you guys think. Am I over-thinking this, or do you guys also see bizarro science in steampunk books?