The Iron Thorn

The Iron Thorn 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

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  • Title: The Iron Thorn
  • Author: Caitlin Kittredge
  • ISBN: 9780385738309
  • Page: 474
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 AndIn 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.From the Hardcover edition.

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    1. The Iron Thorn Drinking Game: Everytime the adjectives "clockwork," "steam" " brass" are used to ensure the reader is too aware this is a "steampunk" novel, drink. Anytime someone "scrabbles for purchase," " or mentions a dirigible, drink twice. DO NOT drink anytime a jitney is mentioned; we're tryng to have fun here, not get alcohol poisoning. Oh, wait, this is a YA book, we probably shouldn't be drinking though this book would drive most people to it!And how could you miss it being a YA book? [...]

    2. Rating: 2 stars only. The extra one star is given to the creative homages to H P. Lovecraft and his Cthulhu myths. How can this book be so dull? Even duller than End of Days by Susan Ee!?(1) The heroine Aoife Garyson is an annoying, ungrateful brat: She is supposed to be a charity case without the protection of her family, an almost-orphan living off the charity offered by the city's welfare system. Yet she acts so entitled, ungrateful, unworldly and naive for an entire book. Not to mention she [...]

    3. This is a very dark fantasy/steampunk, set in a world in which magic was discovered instead of nuclear power. Rather than embrace the new energy, a government led by President McCarthy is trying to eradicate it and the people--ghouls, vampires, and others--that thrive on it. Aoife Grayson is an engineering student under suspicion by her schoolmasters and living with the fear of the madness that took her mother and brother and may well take her. Determined at last to seek out her unknown father a [...]

    4. It's a good thing this has a little over 500 pages, otherwise it would have been too much. The author throws in everything! And surprise of surprises, I enjoyed it! I am not saying it was perfect. In fact, there is a specific clump of pages I could have just done without. But all in all, IRON THORN was quite satisfying.One complaint though: the reader shouldn’t be tasked with having to figure out how to say the lead’s name. I mean, “Aoife”. It took me several tries to figure out how to r [...]

    5. Kirkus got it right when they said "overwriting" in their review for The Iron Thorn. The book is almost 500 pages (I read an advance reader's copy) and it felt long. Some books despite being long (i.e. Harry Potter and A Great and Terrible Beauty) don't feel that way because they keep you intrigued and engaged. The Iron Thorn did none of those things. I can appreciate the writing, but it got to be where the author was repeating circumstances and explaining the character's outfits, which had noth [...]

    6. I facepalmed at least 3 times. It started off well enough, and Kittredge is a talented storyteller (in that the overall story was interesting), but I find her writing abrasive. She leaves details out, sometimes makes improper verb tense choices which make the reading confusing (ie. he saw instead of he had seen), makes clicheed dialogue choices, and is lacking in motivation for her characters, who do everything they do solely to either help or hinder main character Aoife, as it suits the conveni [...]

    7. My first steampunk! And it was AWESOME!It took me a little while to get into it. I'll admit the world itself took me a while to get used to, the lingo and what-not. (I can't really say if it was just this novel, or if it's steampunk related.) But once I was enraptured by the story, there was no turning back!What a complex world! Magic, machines, Kindly Folk I can honestly say I never knew what to expect next! I was blown away by the complexity and innovation of this novel. Kittredge is a very ta [...]

    8. The unexpected has happened.I have read a historical/steampunk novel about faeries.And actually liked it. A lot. So much that it even made it to my "books I fell hard for" list.*dun dun DUUUUUUN*Every time someone asks me what my least favourite type of books to read are, I always say historical. And faeries. You see, historical just isn't something I'm interested in. I find it boring. The only other historical book I actually like is The Infernal Devices series, but that's because I already lov [...]

    9. There's a lot going on in this book. The setting is unusual. Steampunk, in 1950s America. It's set in a city called Lovecraft (Boston, I think), which is, appropriately, infested with horrible things that would be at home in one of Lovecraft's stories. But they aren't supernatural, of course. That wouldn't be rational. Instead, the creatures that stalk the city of Lovecraft, ghouls, nightjars, and springheel jacks alike, are people infected by the necrovirus. Some infected turn into bloodthirsty [...]

    10. Epic was my disappointment in The Iron Thorn, it was by turns boring, convoluted and confusing. I felt no real pull to any of the characters, and only loosely understood what was going on most of the time. All very bad traits in a book, but horrible traits in a book which you're hoping to entertain you for a four and half hour flight.For starters, the blurb is not really truthful. I thought I was getting a steampunk book with madness. Not so much. The Iron Thorn is really a fairy book, with a to [...]

    11. I forget how long ago I had downloaded this. But I picked it up last night, not remembering the plot of the book. And Kindle doesn't give you a blurb. It takes place in an unknown, modern time period there were several references to 19XX dates, as well as 18XX dates, but since the book was an alternate history type, it's unknown if people were using the same calendar as us. So, despite the Steampunky/Victorian flavor, it's not technically from then. But I was so confused through the half of the [...]

    12. This book is on my library's YA best fiction shelf, but I was highly disappointed. I kept waiting for it to get really good, but it didn't. There was almost too much description in the first 300 pages. It was distracting and made the story drag. The ending picked up. I got excited thinking it would become hard to put down. It never did. Then there was a random event to the plot that left me raising an eyebrow. The worst part, after finally getting through all 492 pages, the story is no where nea [...]

    13. The Iron Thorn (The Iron Codex #1), by Caitlin KittredgeThis book is a Must-Read! It’s got something for everyone: steampunk, romance, adventure, dystopian, secrets, mysteries, great characters, monsters, strange worlds, faeries, a beautiful written story, a plot with unexpected twists… Here’s the short(ish) version of the review:* The cover seems very fitting, it projects the grim feeling of dark fantasy in the story, while bringing across the lonely feeling Aoife must have had many times [...]

    14. Despite some issues I really, really loved this book. The world isn’t something I encounter in YA very often: A fantasy/steampunk/clockpunk world set in an alternate 1950s. That, to me, is beyond awesome so right off the bat I was poised to love this book. And I definitely did. I found the world building very thoughtful and well done--a city running on a great Engine that protects them from the things that can cause madness, a world torn by the battle between science and magic (which itself is [...]

    15. Set in 1950's Lovecraft - an alternate Boston, 15yr old Aoife Grayson attends a prestigious academy for engineers. Aoife is a ward of the state, her father left, her brother ran away and her mother has been in a mental institute for most of her life. Her mother's condition is heriditary and her brother went crazy when he turned 16. Aoife is dreading turning 16 because of the strong chance of her going insane and being locked up like her mother. After getting a distressed message from her missing [...]

    16. I really wanted to rate this book higher, but there are so many little annoyances with it that really stopped me from enjoying it as much as I could have. The dystopian 'steampunkish' setting doesn't work well with the time period it's set in. While everyone else's name in the book is simple and pronounceable such as 'Dean', 'Cal', or 'Conrad', the main character's name is an unpronounceable and strange ''Aoife'. And the character of Cal will argue with EVERYTHING, no matter what it is, whether [...]

    17. The Iron Thorn by Caitlin KittredgeDelacorte Press, 2011492 pagesYA; Steampunk; Fantasy4.5/5 starsSource: WonI wanted to read The Iron Thorn because I remembered how much I had enjoyed Kittredge’s story in Kiss Me Deadly. Some of the same things I remember liking about that story reappear here-a sympathetic heroine, evocative descriptions, and a story that drew me in. However as a full-length novel, there is more opportunity for world-building and character and plot development.The world is a [...]

    18. I'm honestly not sure how to explain how much I love this book! I mean, really. It blew me away in all the best ways possible. I'm a huge fan of Fantasy and of Steampunk. Caitlin Kitteredge takes these two genres, throws in a bit of dystopia, and blends it together into something beautifully unique and wonderful. Looking for something to chase those reading blues away? Take this for a spin!The Iron Thorn follows Aoife through a tough time in her life. Her family has a history of madness, and it [...]

    19. If you can get past the language--dear god, the way these characters speak is so annoying--this is not a bad book. Granted, there are some gaps, plenty of places where we could well do with a bit more exposition. And, somewhat oddly, while some things were quite predictable (in total, even if not in exact detail) there were also several other items that were thrown at us with absolutely no warning or indication that that would be the case. (Kittredge tries to make up for it by alluding to suppos [...]

    20. Find this review, plus more, on my blog: Booklikes OR Blogger Basic InfoFormat: KindlePages/Length: n/aGenre: Young Adult; SteampunkReason For Reading: ChallengeAt A GlanceLove Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?: Triangle!Cliff Hanger: NoTriggers: n/aRating: 1.5 starsScore SheetAll out of tenCover:7Plot: 4Characters: 5World Building: 5Flow:3Series Congruity: n/a Writing: 6Ending: 6Total: 4In DepthBest Part: Doctor Who quote, but did they steal it?!Worst Part: Death by boredom. Thoughts Had: Somethin [...]

    21. Fantastic start to a YA steampunk series.This is not a short book, but the pages flew by. I was sucked into the story and didn't want it to end. You are just thrown into the world - I like that. At the same time, I still felt like I got a good feel for the worldbuilding. I got enough glimpses of Lovecraft through Aoife's journey, but I never felt that I was being "told" what was going on. It was a wonderful experience to discover the truth alongside the characters.In Lovecraft, Reason and Scienc [...]

    22. Wow, I know a lot of you probably do not know who James Dean is or actually care. I have to tell you, You are sooo missing out! He has to be one of the most Beautiful Men I have ever seen Have wished to have seenAnyhooo Moving along. Dean in The Iron Thorn was rocking his style after James Dean. I normally wouldn't say read a book because of a male character, But I am making an exception.I am big on conversational banter, If the characters don't mesh well together the conversation won't flow and [...]

    23. The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge is one the first steampunk books that I read. Personally, I think that it could have been done better, but I really liked the idea of the book. It was a dark book that mixed magic, historical fiction, and engineering together to create an alternate version of America in around the 1950’s, where logic is everything and people who believe in magic are punished severely. Aoife, along with Cal and and a guide named Dean that they met along their journey, escape [...]

    24. So, At first I was compleatly entranced by this book. The writing was beautiful and descriptive, and the plot was fast passed and interesting. The detail and live of the story seemed to come alive! This book was looking like it would be another of my all-time favorites Then I got a little past the middle and my opinion changed dramatically. Im not sure what happened hear but the main character became almost unbearably winy, and self-centered. I was shocked at how fast everything went from amazin [...]

    25. I have to admit I didn't finish this book, I kept "forcing" myself to continue it until I realized what is the point in that? I didn't care about any of the characters, they were all so unlikeable. Could Cal be any more whiny, stupid and annoying? Dean held no appeal to me whatsoever. And Aoeife or however you spell her name - I hated her name for one. I also just didn't connect with her and I didn't understand her "Weird" talent.This book is WAY too long. The beginning is confusing and I had ve [...]

    26. Started off strong. I enjoyed the beginning and the heroine's time at school. But then it kind of fell apart for me.Part of this was that I never had a good feel for the what year it was. I started off thinking it was Victorian (lots of steampunk), but then WWI was mentioned, so I stuck it in the 1920s. Then the year 1929 was mentioned, and later the Korean War (1950s).Apart from the dates, the world / technology was confusing (I never did understand the world). And the further I got into the st [...]

    27. I really liked the story, but the book was VERY long winded. Enough so that I just got rid of one of the author's others books I had without reading it. There were a few great surprises at the end and I will try to read the next book in the series.

    28. The first 100 pages and the last 100 pages saved it for me. The middleo much un-needed writing and scenes. It could’ve been shorter and straight to the point. But I guess that would’ve been Caitlin’s expertise from the Adult genre being brought in.

    29. I tried really, really hard to like this book. The beginning was interesting and caught my attention, but about 100 pages into the book, it started to get extremely confusing and completely lost my attention. The world building is poor and the characters are dull, annoying, unlikable and predictable. Some major issues I had with it:1. You could never tell what year the book actually took place. The steampunk references really made a mess of things rather than help the story along. To categorize [...]

    30. First in the Iron Codex steampunk series for young adults that mixes the mechanical with magic with the steam side fighting it every step of the way. This story is based in Massachusetts in the late 1950s. Just not our 1950s.My TakeA good story. Kittredge drags you in right from the beginning with an encounter between Aoife and her mentally ill mother followed up by Dr. Portnoy's warnings and setting us up with her world's Master Builder religion. It's a world of Big Brother with everyone encour [...]

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