It is time to abandon ship me mateys!
metaltown (Kristen Simmons)
Another book I just couldn’t bring meself to finish. This is a young adult dystopian novel. The book has a interesting premise of young teens and children fighting against the establishment so that they can have basic rights like a less dangerous workplace, food, and better salaries. Basically the children are trying to start their own union. It’s a world reminiscent of the factory settings of the turn of the century where bad things like the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire occurred. Except instead of making clothes, the children are making weapons of war. Oh and there are interesting diseases because of genetically modified corn. That was cool.
The world building was fun and the I liked two of the main characters. Basically this story is told from the perspective of three different children. Ty (a girl) and Colin (a boy) are best friends who work in the factories. Lena is the daughter of the rich dude who runs that area of the country.
Ty was tenacious and feisty and fierce. I loved her. Colin was overall a decent character. I didn’t adore him by himself but his relationship with Ty was lovely. Lena was basically a fluffy headed naive moron. She meets Colin. Insta-love kinda happens and then the book derails.
The major problem was that I just become bored. I felt that the story was too slow and got too involved in the romantic ideas between Lena and Colin. The beginning of the story and set up was fine. But the plot was agonizingly slow. I stopped reading at 52.1% and the major movement of forming the union hadn’t really begun.
Overall the politics of forming the children’s union just seemed too simple and the relationship between Lena and Colin seemed to have taken center stage, So I gave up.
It is a shame that an interesting premise and some great characters could not save this book for me.
The author’s website has this to say about the novel:
Metaltown, where factories rule, food is scarce, and hope is in short supply.
The rules of Metaltown are simple: Work hard, keep your head down, and watch your back. You look out for number one, and no one knows that better than Ty. She’s been surviving on the factory line as long as she can remember. But now Ty has Colin. She’s no longer alone; it’s the two of them against the world. That’s something even a town this brutal can’t take away from her. Until it does.
Lena’s future depends on her family’s factory, a beast that demands a ruthless master, and Lena is prepared to be as ruthless as it takes if it means finally proving herself to her father. But when a chance encounter with Colin, a dreamer despite his circumstances, exposes Lena to the consequences of her actions, she’ll risk everything to do what’s right.
In Lena, Ty sees an heiress with a chip on her shoulder. Colin sees something more. In a world of disease and war, tragedy and betrayal, allies and enemies, all three of them must learn that challenging what they thought was true can change all the rules.
An enthralling story of friendship and rebellion, Metaltown will have you believing in the power of hope.
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