Title: The Lotus Effect
Author: Bridget Ladd
Published Date: July 19, 2013
Genre: YA Steampunk
***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
An improbable partnership. An unforgettable love.
Lily Emerson, daughter of the Head of Council and Mistress of Science, has lived a privileged life. It’s Lily’s 18th name-day, the day she is to follow in her mother’s footsteps, becoming the next Mistress of Science—the most powerful woman in all of City Prosper. The Architect and designer of Prosper’s future.
During the night of her Coronation, the corruption of the Council spreads before her . . . opening her eyes to the cruelty that resides in the Council, even within her own parents. Lily realizes now the title of Mistress only comes with superficial power, that to truly save the citizens—she has to fight.
Fight in the Barrage—the mechanical gladiatorial tournament in which one chosen pair of volunteers from each Sector fights, armor-clad and as a team, utilizing unique weapon specialties: the Gatling gun, the Cestus, Klaives, Crescent Knives, mechanically engineered beasts—in the hope to win the right to change the Law. A law that has remained unchanged since its creation almost eighty years ago.
The tournament that Xander, Engineering Blacksmith and Lily’s partner, believes she has no business being in.
But Lily’s different. And she sets out to prove just that.
Bridget Ladd’s writing is absolutely amazing. Her world-building is superb to the point that when I went to bed last night I dreamed of City Prosper and all of the amazing characters that reside there. I could not see anything, or hear anything, going on around me while reading this book. It was as though the words literally turned to pictures. I wasn’t seeing the black and white of the pages, but amazing colors and faces, buildings and nature. I have no words to describe this book other than fantastic and heart-racing.
Other than The Infernal Devices series by Cassie Clare (which are wonderful, by the way, but more supernatural and paranormal than anything else), I have never read anything remotely close to a steampunk novel. I find this a great injustice to myself because I think I have discovered a new favorite genre (sub-genre?). I think that is one of the many reasons I loved this story. It isn’t solely focused on one thing – sci-fi, fantasy, romance, etc. The story isn’t about the romance. It isn’t about the fantastical technology created by these people. It isn’t about a whiny girl that doesn’t know her you-know-what from a hole in the ground… Thank the gods for that! I get so tired of that type of main character in a YA novel.
She is no Bella Swan – too chicken shit to tell those around her what she really wants. Lily doesn’t just follow the herd and do what is asked of her. She physically can’t do it. She stays true to who she is, deep in her bones, in her blood, in her DNA. She starts out strong, and grows stronger – she does not start out weak and grow into someone who is bitter and angry.
Xander and Lily do not instantly fall in lust with each other and allow their feelings to complicate their situation. They are not foolish with their lives and the lives of others by being selfish for their wants. They push each other to a greatness that already resided within them.
Read this book. Get it, and read it. Right now. Make sure you set aside an entire day, because you will not want to put it down. You will take it to the toilet with you. You will read the book while walking to the kitchen to refill your drink, and then grab a snack when you remember that you haven’t eaten anything all day. This story draws you in and doesn’t let go. I’ve finished reading it and I’m still having a hard time letting go. I cannot wait to see what Ms. Ladd has in store for us in Ardent Ascension!
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