Sunday, April 10, 2011

The Iron Thorn: By Caitlin Kittredge



In the city of Lovecraft, the Proctors rule and a great Engine turns below the streets, grinding any resistance to their order to dust. The necrovirus is blamed for Lovecraft's epidemic of madness, for the strange and eldritch creatures that roam the streets after dark, and for everything that the city leaders deem Heretical—born of the belief in magic and witchcraft. And for Aoife Grayson, her time is growing shorter by the day.
Aoife Grayson's family is unique, in the worst way—every one of them, including her mother and her elder brother Conrad, has gone mad on their 16th birthday. And now, a ward of the state, and one of the only female students at the School of Engines, she is trying to pretend that her fate can be different.


I have mixed feelings on The Iron Thorn.

It had everything I usually like. The heroine, Aoife, is both strong and full of character. The other characters are interesting and diverse. The plot is full of both action and magic. And Kittredge does a fantastic job piecing together a larger story that is both complex and exciting. And yet I had trouble getting into the book.

I don’t know if it happened to be the time I read it or something, but I just couldn’t get into The Iron Thorn. It had almost all the attributes of books I love but I just never connected. Because of this, and the fact that I think it could be a great book and other might love it, I’m giving it a medium review, but all in all I wished I liked it more.

7.5 out of 10


Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Published: February 22, 2011

Price: $17.99

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