"The dangers of life are infinite, and among them is safety."
" ' Are your relations completely barking mad?'
'No, we're rulers of an empire.'
Deryn reckoned that amounted to pretty much the same thing, but didn't say so."
Took me a while to get into this one but I think I will try the next book in the series to see if I like it any better.
Westerfeld is a literary and steampunk GENIUS. Words can hardly describe the manner he wrote this book; it was epic, truly. Every detail of the story and every single character - good or bad, evil or not - was a blast to read about. This book is likable in every way....Continua
Somehow, when I bought this book, I didn't realize it was teen fiction. Nonetheless, I was quite intrigued by it. It took me a while to get into it, but once I did, I was completely invested in the story. The author put in a lot of research, and it's definitely paid off; as you turn the pages, you can see he knew what he was talking about as he wrote the story.
Another thing I didn't realize upon buying, is that the book is the first part of a trilogy. I am now left hanging and wanting more, which means the author did his job. This is classic steampunk; very entertained, well written, and well researched. Recommended.