June 11, 2016

Steampunk Sundays: The Transatlantic Conspiracy by G.D. Falksen

Series: TBA
Format: eGalley
Release Date: June 14, 2016
Publisher: Soho Teen
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Genre: Steampunk | Young Adult-Middle Grade

The year is 1908. Seventeen-year-old Rosalind Wallace’s blissful stay in England with her best friend, Cecily de Vere, has come to an abrupt end, which is fine with Rosalind. She was getting tired of being high society Cecily’s American “pet.” Her industrialist father is unveiling his fabulous new Transatlantic Express, the world’s first underwater railway. As a publicity stunt he has booked her on the maiden voyage—without asking. Rosalind is furious. But lucky for her, Cecily and her handsome older brother, Charles, volunteer to accompany her home.

Fun turns to worry when Charles disappears during boarding. Then, deep under the sea, Cecily and her housemaid, Doris, are found stabbed to death in their state room. Rosalind is now trapped on Father’s train—fighting to clear herself of her friend’s murder, to find the killer, and ultimately to uncover the sinister truth behind the railway’s construction.

Oh man, THE TRANSATLANTIC CONSPIRACY by G.D. Falksen could've been an awesome steampunk adventure: A transcontinental train, Germany to America, that could travel underwater, fearless, flurry, stylish, modern debutantes, a murderer mystery, all great and promising elements to have in a steampunk fantasy like this, plus Nat Iwata's illustrations helped bring the story to life. The story is also so plainly written, no confounding talks of science and engineering, that its easy to get through that you can finish this in one sitting.

Note I used could've up there and here's why.

For all the great stuff that THE TRANSATLANTIC CONSPIRACY has going on for it, I find that there's also a few things that it needs to give the story depth and dimension. For a "conspiracy" there's a lack of precedence, some notable inconcistencies, and the characters are shallow and  still underdeveloped in the end:

  1. Precedence like no clue that there's some political issue at work here which would put this monumental and historical train launch more significant. It can be subtle like news articles, a short interlude to paint that there's some tension? Versus giving us all the details in the end, failing to build tension, suspense, and thrill throughout the story.
  2. Inconsistencies such as Rosalind is an heiress launching her father's latest engine and the family/company's representative and yet she doesn't have a staff on board like a lady's maid or some sort of entourage to help her entertain guests and the passengers. Rosalind came across as very common which makes her protestations about social standing a little strange.
  3. The characters are very superficial which is a shame because Rosalind is supposedly a modern and daring woman, driving motorcars and a suffragette, a woman beyond her time. Cecily is a girly-girl but loves clocks and even makes them! Charles, Cecily's brother and Rosalind's love interest, is in absentia, and only Alix, their German bookworm friend, remained consistent with her character traits. Rosalind in particular is a disappointment, for a lead, she's very passive in this book. I expected her to take charge because she's the heroine and the shenanigans are all happening in HER TRAIN!
  4. Finally, the action-packed ending where everything is revealed but because of what I mentioned in #1, the climax-conflict-resolution didn't connect well with the premise.

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  1. Oh, that's too bad. Great concept, lacking in everything else. Boo.

  2. I wonder if it was a first effort. I agree that a book with conspiracies, murder, class conflict and characters that break the mold should end up being a nice layered story.

  3. Probably not the one for me but thanks for letting us know about this one.

  4. Too bad this wasn't awesome. It has all the components to make it amazing!

  5. This one sounded so promising, I am sorry to hear it fell a bit flat! And it's always so fun when a book has illustrations.
    I can see why this one fell a bit flat for you with the inconsistencies and the superficial characters.

  6. I freaking love the premise, but I am bummed and know exactly what you mean about #1 and how it impacted the ending.

  7. yeah it's difficult when you know that a book could have beenawesome but that some things annoyed you like that

  8. Oh man, that's so disappointing because this sounds like it could be so good with the train and everything! A shame it really failed to grip you Braine.

  9. Awww hope your next read is better.

  10. I hate when that happens. Still would be curious about the illustrations but not enough for me to get this at the bookstore. Brilly review!

  11. I have this on my pile but being as I can't seem to read everything I *need* to I guess I'll take it off for the moment. It sounds like it really could be amazing but is not quite hitting the mark. I may give it a try in the future. Thanks for the honest review!

  12. Bummer. It does sound like an amazing premises for the world. Hmm. Does sound like a great idea though. :) Thank you!

  13. Good riddance!! But that's too bad. It's been so long since I read a fantastic steampunk novel!!

  14. Oh, its a shame this couldn't live up to the things it promised.

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