Waking
Clockwork Twist #1
by Emily Thompson (GoodReads Author)
Kindle, 295 pages
Published Mar 22, 2013, KDP
Also available in paperback

GoodReads Summary:
Twist has never left London, until today. Now he's traveling on an airship—with a crew that insists they're not pirates—on his way to find the clockwork princess because he's the only one who can fix her.

In true Neo-Victorian style, Clockwork Twist is set in a lush and vibrant world where thing are as you might expect in 1878. That is, of course, if fantastic creatures like djinn, faeries, kitsunes and vampires were commonplace. An increasing number of people are being born with supernatural senses, called Sights. While airship tourism is sweeping the globe, air-piracy is also on the rise.

Twist is among the Sighted, but his Sight is unusual. While others might be able to see and hear over great distances, find anything they can imagine anywhere in the world, or even recognize every type of flower by scent alone, Twist's Sight shows him only damage. Whenever he touches a broken clock or machine, he can instantly understand the damage and can fix it easily. If he touches a person, even for a moment, his mind fills with a terrible vision of whatever trauma or pain once broke them. Naturally, he's chosen a solitary existence and shuns all human contact.

Unfortunately, thanks to his seclusion, Twist is also unfamiliar with everything beyond his own clock shop, hidden away on a quiet and ever-drizzly London street. When a treasure hunter arrives at his door with proof that they have found the fabled clockwork princess—Twist's favorite old fairy tale—it's up to Twist alone to bring her back to life.

The continuing series of Clockwork Twist begins with book one: Waking. Join Twist as he embarks on his first adventure, and find out first hand if he can actually survive it.


My Review:
Twist is Sighted, which in his case means he can't see with his eyes. He Sees with his sense of touch, Sees damage and how to fix it. He Saw so much damage, that he became damaged by it all and withdrew from the world. Now, he's being drawn out of his seclusion by this temptation of the Clockwork Princess and how he needs to help her.

The crew uses Arabel to Find Twist because that's her Sight. Just as she used her Sight to Find the Princess in the first place. They use Jonas, Arabel's brother to See into Twist in the hopes of controlling him. But Jonas and Twist form a sort of bond and seem to help each other heal to some extent with the similarity of their Sight. 

As Twist repairs the damage to the Princess and she comes closer and closer to "coming back to life", he falls deeper and deeper under her spell and promises to be with her always. But the crew is a bunch of money-grubbing scavengers and his dream may not work too well with their plans.

That all sounds pretty good, right? Well, the bat vampires were creepy and the metal people were more than a bit weird. When it came to underwater gas pirates, I just wondered what we were doing with a contemporary issue in a steampunk novel. Like, huh? And then, parts of it just seemed to drag and I found myself skimming rather than reading. That's a very bad sign. Perhaps Twist should have stayed in his clockworks shop after all.

This was a BookBub acquisition. My honest review is given without compensation of any kind. All opinions are fully my own.
~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review 


Note: on Amazon 62% of reviewers gave it 5-stars.

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