Monday, October 3, 2016


Ticker by Lisa Mantchev  270 pp.

Penelope Farthing has been "augmented" with a mechanical heart she must wind up every day. It was installed by surgeon Calvin Warwick to save her life from the hereditary heart defect that killed her sister. Warwick is on trial for killing people during experimentation to perfect a better "Ticker" for Penny. Penny knew nothing of his horrible research and now wants nothing to do with Warwick. Near the end of the trial, Penny's parents are kidnapped and their house ransacked. Warwick escapes and is holding the Farthings for a ransom of all the Augmentation research in their possession. Penny, her brother Nic, and friend, Violet set out to find Warwick and return the elder Farthings home safely. I don't read a lot of steampunk but enjoyed this one throughout. The is resolved with a solid ending but could be open to a sequel with the main characters but there isn't one yet.

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