Author: Lucy Saxon
Published: June 3, 2014
Genre: YA, Science Fiction (Steampunk), Fantasy
I really enjoyed this novel and felt anxious the entire time I was reading it because I had to know what would happen next.
Catherine Hunter is the daughter of a very important member of the Anglyan government. She has lived a life of luxury and has never wanted for anything. Her father however, is not a nice man by any means. He married her mother only to inherit her families fortune and once her mother began to get sick, rumors spread of her fathers infidelity. Now Cat is to be married to the son of another member of government who she despises. Cat has always dreamed of running away, and after talking to her mother about her future she made the decision to finally do it.
Stowing away on a ship called the Skydancer, Cat pretends to be a boy and works as a mechanic in training with Fox and Matt. Spending more and more time with Fox she begins to develop feelings for him.
As a family member of a government official, Cat has been able to avoid the Collections that have been taking the city’s children for years. A war has been raging between Anglya and other nations and the story is that the children taken for Collections are trained to be soldiers and sent off to war. Cat finds out soon that this is not the case and she has been lied to her entire life. The war ended seven years ago, but the Collections are still occurring. As a new member of the Skydancer, Cat and the rest of the crew vow to uncover the Anglyan government’s secrets and rescue the children taken during the Collections.
This was a great read for summer. It kept me guessing for almost the entire novel and I felt compelled to read it quickly to figure out what would happen next to Cat and the rest of the people in Anglya. An awesome debut novel from this author and this is listed on Goodreads as book one which I’m hoping means that there are plenty more to come!