Lots of mayhem in this YA steampunk pirate adventure.
You are our sword of justice.
Zoya and her friends are leaving Lodninsk, Morozhia for what they hope is a better life in Mirgorod. However, on their travels they are captured by a band of pirates in need of more crew. But as the story unfolds, it becomes increasingly clear that they are only interested in Zoya and her family heirloom, a useless ball of interconnected cogs and gears that her Grandmother mysteriously said would always protect her as long as she protected it. Thus ensues a series of misadventures as they desperately try to escape and discover what the gadget does while the outbreak of war threatens to destroy the world as they know it.
I haven’t read a lot of the Steampunk genre but from my limited experience Grigory’s Gadget contained all of the crucial elements yet it wasn’t over the top or trying too hard. In this way Hennessy manages to maintain her story’s own mythology, creating a very believable world that has an interesting history and an exciting future.
The plot itself is action-packed as something always goes wrong. This drives the story forward, keeping the pace fast and the reader in suspense.
I think I should note here that Grigory’s Gadget is aimed at a younger audience, YA, maybe a little under that. This is noticeable for the older reader but if you can get passed that, it’s a good read and you may find yourself looking forward to the next book, like me.
Speaking of the sequel, I would like a little more character development in the next instalment of the Gaslight Frontier Series. While I liked that there was a lot going on in Grigory’s Gadget, I didn’t really feel I got to know a lot of the characters. For some, their presence didn’t add anything to the story, and while I hate to write about spoilers I was kinda glad when certain characters made their exit. I’d also like to see how the group of friends progresses as their dynamic has been fundamentally changed.
Grigory’s Gadget is available on Amazon.