Thu, September 13, 2012

The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron Review

The Dark Unwinding book cover

The Dark Unwinding book cover

The Dark Unwinding
By Sharon Cameron
Publication date: Sept. 1, 2012
Scholastic Press, 318 pages
Source: Publisher

A spine-tingling tale of steampunk and spies, intrigue and heart-racing romance!

When Katharine Tulman’s inheritance is called into question by the rumor that her eccentric uncle is squandering away the family fortune, she is sent to his estate to have him committed to an asylum. But instead of a lunatic, Katharine discovers a genius inventor with his own set of rules, who employs a village of nine hundred people rescued from the workhouses of London.

Katharine is now torn between protecting her own inheritance and preserving the peculiar community she grows to care for deeply. And her choices are made even more complicated by a handsome apprentice, a secretive student, and fears for her own sanity.

As the mysteries of the estate begin to unravel, it is clear that not only is her uncle’s world at stake, but also the state of England as Katharine knows it. With twists and turns at every corner, this heart-racing adventure will captivate readers with its intrigue, thrills, and romance.

— Goodreads.com description

The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron was a nice surprise. In the past, steampunk novels have been a snoozefest for me…I just can’t get past the long descriptions of machinery. Not my thing.

This novel is quite different – much more of a quirky story about family and sanity…with just a touch of steampunk. So, if that’s not your thing, don’t be turned off. Truly, I’m not sure this book should even be called steampunk at all…but that’s a longer discussion we won’t get into.

Now, I enjoyed it, but is it a super fast and engaging read? Not really. It definitely dragged in parts, and I can see why it wouldn’t be everyone’s cup of tea.

Still, for me, the wide cast of characters was what made The Dark Unwinding. From the maid to the cook to the lawyer, the town in this book is filled with people who are equal parts eccentric and endearing…by the end, I’d come to feel fondly toward them all.

You can tell Cameron put a lot of thought and love into this book, and I’ll definitely be checking out more of her work in the future!

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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Posted by: Anna   •   In: creepy things, family, psychological, sharon cameron, steampunk
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  1. Juhina said:

    yes I am like you, I always have trouble with steampunk novels. This does seem good but again, I really am not in the mood for a novel to be draggy!

    still great review!

    – Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

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  2. Lori said:

    I’m not a big fan of steampunk either, but I had this one recommended to me recently. I need to give it a chance.

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  3. Bookworm1858 said:

    I definitely don’t think this book should be called steampunk-I went in with that expectation and was sorely disappointed when I might have been okay had my expectations be more in line with what the book actually offers.

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  4. Vyki @ On The Shelf said:

    The cover is what really caught my attention for this one, an I haven’t tried any steampunk yet, but I have one on my shelf and this one that I want to read.

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  5. Addie R. said:

    I haven’t read many steampunk novels, but I don’t think reading long descriptions of machinery would be my cup of tea either. Glad to hear this doesn’t disappoint! 🙂

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  6. Cayce said:

    I hear you – steampunk is def. not for me.
    Still, it’s great that you -sort of- enjoyed it 🙂

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  7. Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books said:

    I’m pleased that I got the opportunity to chat a bit with the author at BEA, as it made me more excited about having her book in my hands. I can’t wait to read it! It’s a good thing that it’s not too steampunk-heavy, as that might have become a problem for me. Steampunk light is probably more my style 🙂

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