Satisfy Your Appetite For Steampunk Fiction with “The Iron Thorn”
If you’re a fan of the steampunk genre and you’re looking for a good YA book to sink your teeth into, why not pick up Caitlin Kittredge’s The Iron Thorn, the first novel in the Iron Codex series. Unlike most steampunk novels, Kittredge also blends a healthy dose of fantasy into the opening of the Iron Codex too.
Kittredge’s heroine is Aoife Greyson, a young orphan who is one of the few female students at the School of Engines. She is constantly watched for the signs of madness from the necrovirus, the same hysterical state that caused her older brother Conrad and her mother such grief on their sixteenth birthdays. In a world ruled by Proctors who think things like magic are products of said mysterious virus, Aoife must walk a deadly line between compliance and rebellion.
However, her world changes when she receives a note from Conrad asking for help. Aoife and her friends are plunged into a world of magic. From dealings with the faery realm to discovering the magic in her father’s family tree, Aoife’s discoveries will not only rock the foundation of her life, but the lives of all the citizens in Lovecraft too.
This dystopian YA novel stands out from the rest of the pack due to its relatable heroine and lack of the standard love triangle (Editor’s Note: Thank god!). While there’s clearly chemistry between Aoife and her guide Dean, it’s not the focus of the story. If you’re sick of the love triangles that run rampant through YA literature nowadays, then you’ll find The Iron Thorn to be a refreshing read.
Plus, sharp-eyed readers will be able to spot the shout-outs to H.P. Lovecraft and Celtic mythology. If you’re looking for a dark and gritty dystopian YA novel with a bit of steampunk flair, than The Iron Thorn would make a great addition to your bookshelf.