Ink, Iron, and Glass

Ink, Iron, and Glass

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"A certain pen, a certain book, and a certain person can craft entirely new worlds through a branch of science called scriptology. Elsa comes from one such world that was written into creation, where her mother--a noted scriptologist--constantly alters and expands their reality. But when her home is attacked and her mother kidnapped, Elsa is forced to cross into the real world and use her own scriptology gifts to find her. In an alternative Victorian Italy, Elsa finds a secret society of young scientists with a gift for mechanics, alchemy, or scriptology--and meets Leo, a gorgeous mechanist with a smart mouth and tragic past. She recruits the help of these fellow geniuses just as an assassin arrives on their doorstep. In this thrilling debut, worlds collide as Elsa unveils a deep political conspiracy seeking to unlock the most dangerous weapon ever created--and only she can stop it."--Publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Imprint, 2018.
Edition: First edition, 2018.
ISBN: 9781250112767
1250112761
Call Number: CLARE
Characteristics: 328 pages ; 22 cm
Subjects: Science fiction.
Fantasy fiction.
Assassins -- Fiction.
Gifted persons -- Fiction.
Secret societies -- Fiction.
Kidnapping -- Fiction.
Ability -- Fiction.
Reality -- Fiction.
Imaginary places -- Fiction.
Alternative Title: Ink, iron, & glass

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sarahbru17 May 08, 2018

Did not finish. Made it to page 196.
Characters: 5/10
Plot: 7/10
Writing: 7/10
I didn't stop reading this book because it was bad--just because it was mediocre, and I have so many other books that I would rather read. The premise sounded absolutely fascinating, but it just fell flat in the ex... Read More »


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sarahbru17 May 08, 2018

Did not finish. Made it to page 196.
Characters: 5/10
Plot: 7/10
Writing: 7/10
I didn't stop reading this book because it was bad--just because it was mediocre, and I have so many other books that I would rather read. The premise sounded absolutely fascinating, but it just fell flat in the execution. I never connected with any of the characters. There was too much telling--along the lines of, "He was sarcastic, as usual," or "Oh that's so her, lying like that," but I hadn't actually SEEN those traits in action. The characters acted like they knew each other when they didn't yet have reason to. And the romance was forced for me. The MC and LI had only known each other for, like, three days before she thought he was moving in for a kiss. I just couldn't connect.
However, I did like the steampunk vibe from it. I liked the three fields of science (scriptology, mechanics, and alchemy). But I thought the whole "polymath" thing was blown out of proportion. I didn't see enough of how her traits were "supernaturally amazing" and not just "particularly good." I think Clare's imagination is great, but it just needed added depth. I think she has potential to grow from here.

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