Of Metal and Wishes
By Sarah Fine
Publication date: Aug. 5, 2014
Margaret K. McElderry Books, 320 pages
There are whispers of a ghost in the slaughterhouse where sixteen-year-old Wen assists her father in his medical clinic—a ghost who grants wishes to those who need them most. When one of the Noor, men hired as cheap factory labor, humiliates Wen, she makes an impulsive wish of her own, and the Ghost grants it. Brutally.
Guilt-ridden, Wen befriends the Noor, including their outspoken leader, a young man named Melik. At the same time, she is lured by the mystery of the Ghost and learns he has been watching her … for a very long time.
As deadly accidents fuel tensions within the factory, Wen must confront her growing feelings for Melik, who is enraged at the sadistic factory bosses and the prejudice faced by his people at the hand of Wen’s, and her need to appease the Ghost, who is determined to protect her against any threat—real or imagined. She must decide whom she can trust, because as her heart is torn, the factory is exploding around her … and she might go down with it.
— Goodreads.com description
My relationship with Of Metal and Wishes might have been a case of bad timing. I unwisely chose to read this book on a beach vacation. And “beachy” it is not.
Besides the wrong book at the wrong time, I was a bit surprised when the book turned steampunk on me unexpectedly. And I’m sooo not into steampunk.
Even though it was a little all over the place, I was rooting for the romance and am dying to know what happens next after the ending left me hanging. So, hmm. A unique story should be applauded (especially one that leaves me wanting more), but I’m still a little uncertain it was a good “unique.”