Actress Ida Stillwell may have been born her father's son, but she rejected the role society cast her in. With the North American Republics on the brink of war, Ida flees her home and joins a carnival to pursue her dreams. There she meets tomboy steam engine mechanic Duffy Hollowood. Though they become fast friends, Duffy has her own secrets. As their troubled pasts catchActress Ida Stillwell may have been born her father's son, but she rejected the role society cast her in. With the North American Republics on the brink of war, Ida flees her home and joins a carnival to pursue her dreams. There she meets tomboy steam engine mechanic Duffy Hollowood. Though they become fast friends, Duffy has her own secrets. As their troubled pasts catch up with them, will Ida and Duffy make an escape together, or will they take their chances alone?...
|Title||:||girl in the gears trans continental book 1|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||118 Pages|
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girl in the gears trans continental book 1 Reviews
A fun read with engaging characters, some checkered pasts, and a protagonist who's coming into her own. I especially enjoyed the fractured alternate-history map of the United States that comes out through the course of the story. No long-winded world building, just broad strokes that tell you what you need to know. I'm looking forward to reading the next installment.
Entertaining romp, with some flaws. I would describe the genre as steampunk western.The biggest problem was that there was lots of action, and the author isn't particularly good at writing action scenes, so that I had to go back and reread to figure out what just happened. Sometimes I just gave up and moved to the next paragraph, hoping context there would fill in the gaps. As a side note, this feels very much like a YA book, as the danger rarely felt real. Yes, the main characters are being shot at and chased and thrown onto/off of trains, but those never feel like a real threat. Ida's father did feel like a real threat, so I was disappointed that that sequence ended so quickly. Recommended for a quick romp of a read, and for having a trans narrator (MTF; the author is also trans), but not for any depth.
A steampunk story starring a trans protagonist! We need way more stuff like this. The pace of the story is so fast that it kind of leaves behind the plot, but once you see what is going on and how high the stakes are you find yourself REALLY interested in what's coming next. Volume 1 is too short, leaving you in suspense, and I'm glad I bought the first and second volumes at the same time.
I really liked this book. Ida and Duffy are great characters and having a trans character is refreshing. The world building is cool as well. This is book is a mixture of steam punk and western. I am usually not a big steam punk fan but it works in this book. I will read more books in this series.