The Unnaturalists by Tiffany Trent is a wonderful world of Tinkers, Pedants, sylphids and the Creeping Waste. Sounds intriguing, right? The Steampunk genre is new to me and at first I hesitated. And, if I’m completely honest, it was the cover that really made up my mind for me. (I’m a huge ‘cover snob’). And wow, am I ever glad I opened the book because I was transported into a world of magic and science.
I enjoyed the development of the characters in the book and found them to be solid and having purpose. Tiffany Trent writes the story from the first person viewpoint of Vespa Nyx, a young Pedant who works at her father’s Museum of Unnatural History and the third person viewpoint of Syrus Reed, a Tinker. Their stories overlap as the book progresses, taking them on huge adventures which I’m not going to spoil for you. Just read the book because honestly, it’s really cool. She really writes a vivid story that pops off the pages and pulls you in.
I was happy to learn that this is the first book in a series. There is no cliffhanger at the end of The Unnaturalists that left me screaming for book two, but I still can’t wait to read about the continuing tale of Vespa and Syrus, etc.
Many thanks to Simon & Schuster who sent me a fabulous package full of upcoming YA books for my summer reading pleasure.
In an alternate London where magical creatures are preserved in a museum, two teens find themselves caught in a web of intrigue, deception, and danger.
Vespa Nyx wants nothing more than to spend the rest of her life cataloging Unnatural creatures in her father’s museum, but as she gets older, the requirement to become a lady and find a husband is looming large. Syrus Reed’s Tinker family has always served and revered the Unnaturals from afar, but when his family is captured to be refinery slaves, he finds that his fate may be bound up with Vespa’s—and with the Unnaturals.
As the danger grows, Vespa and Syrus find themselves in a tightening web of deception and intrigue. At stake may be the fate of New London—and the world.