Publication Date: Feb. 2011
Short synopsis (Goodreads): 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.
My Review: This review is a little hard for me to write. I really liked the book, don't get me wrong, I was just expecting it to be more haunting than it turned out to be.
Let me start with the things that I did like (which are easier to voice): first off, the cover is amazing. I mean, TRULY, amazing. It really sets a nice tone for the book and the world that it is set in. A lot of time I take great umbrage when a character impression is foisted on me, I prefer to let my imagination put the face on the people (even though sometimes it insists on a different image, I go with what suits me...). The cover idea of Aoife, though, is spot on. Plus, with a name like Aoife, what's not to like?
Aoife was an easy protagonist to follow. Cal was a little annoying at times, but there is a twist that I didn't see coming...and you can decide from there. Dean's hawt, enough said.
Something else really great about this book was the fact that is was 8 pages shy of 500. I LOVE thick books. Sometimes a thick book feels like a thick book, you know what I mean, but The Iron Thorn does not! There is plenty of story to fill the pages and the plot keeps you moving so quickly that you don't even notice how much you've really read until you pick up your bookmark and see a butt load of pages in front of it!
That being said, one of the things that I felt could have been added to this book was descriptions. Yes, I want it to be longer. There were some very beautiful one liner descriptions that I really enjoyed, but towards the latter half of the book I really felt that whole sentences and paragraphs were missing from the story. Not to any point where it was difficult to follow, but it did take me a second or two more than it should have to catch up. For this reason I gave the book 4 mustaches as opposed to 5.
I am, however, very eagerly looking forward to the release of the second book in the series. Sometimes you can tell that people are just prolonging the storyline much more than they should. THIS book, is not the case. While the ending is not a complete cliff hanger there are LOADS more story threads that need to be explored and I am very excited to see how it all pans out.