Thursday, May 10, 2012
The Peculiars by Maureen Doyle McQuerry
This dark and thrilling adventure, with an unforgettable heroine, will captivate fans of steampunk, fantasy, and romance. On her 18th birthday, Lena Mattacascar decides to search for her father, who disappeared into the northern wilderness of Scree when Lena was young. Scree is inhabited by Peculiars, people whose unusual characteristics make them unacceptable to modern society. Lena wonders if her father is the source of her own extraordinary characteristics and if she, too, is Peculiar. On the train she meets a young librarian, Jimson Quiggley, who is traveling to a town on the edge of Scree to work in the home and library of the inventor Mr. Beasley. The train is stopped by men being chased by the handsome young marshal Thomas Saltre. When Saltre learns who Lena’s father is, he convinces her to spy on Mr. Beasley and the strange folk who disappear into his home, Zephyr House. A daring escape in an aerocopter leads Lena into the wilds of Scree to confront her deepest fears.
Although not really steampunk (there were few items mentioned involving the use of a steam maching), this was a good read. The story starts out on Lena's 18th birthday, where after receiving something from her father, she decides she is going to Scree in search of him. Not only is she in search of her father, she is in search of answers to who she really is. There are a few adventures in the story that I enjoyed reading about, and I hope there is a 2nd book to follow. Even if there isn't a 2nd book this would still make for a good stand alone. I really enjoy McQuerry's writing, and look forward to other books by her.