In the city of Lovecraft, the Proctors rule and a great Engine turns below the streets, grinding any resistance to their order to dust. The necrovirus is blamed for Lovecraft's epidemic of madness, for the strange and eldritch creatures that roam the streets after dark, and for everything that the city leaders deem Heretical—born of the belief in magic and witchcraft. And for Aoife Grayson, her time is growing shorter by the day.Aoife Grayson's family is unique, in the worst way—every one of them, including her mother and her elder brother Conrad, has gone mad on their 16th birthday. And now, a ward of the state, and one of the only female students at the School of Engines, she is trying to pretend that her fate can be different.
This was my second venture into Steampunk and I'm still enjoying it. I truly admired Aoife's spirit and spunk, even without having a clue as to how to pronounce her name! She keeps fighting even knowing she carries a gene that could cause her to go mad when she turns sixteen.
She escapes from her boarding school with her best friend Cal and new friend Dean who helps them find their way to her father's house. She has to find and help her brother. There are a lot of twists and turns in the story as Aoife learns more about magic and her connection to it.
It's a fun story that's easy to follow. Good for young adults and anyone who enjoys steampunk and fantasy!
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (February 22, 2011)