Review: The Iron Thorn

10.27.2011
The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kattridge
Published February 22nd 2011 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
//Amazon//B&N//The Book Depository//

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.

*Some spoilers, probably*
 
The Iron Thorn confused me like no other. It's one of those books where you really have to think about what you're reading and try and connect things. (I'm not very good at that, just in case you didn't know.)

Aoife was a very interesting character, though I have no idea how to pronounce her name. (I think I ended up calling her I-owe-fee the entire book, even though it's fairly obvious that's wrong.) I really felt for her when everyone, even the boy who was supposed to be her best friend, was convinced she was going to go crazy when she turned sixteen, just like everyone else in her family. Her anger and frustration came through clearly, and it seemed very realistic to me.

Something else I really liked about Aoife - she was no gullible and naive sometimes, but at the end of the book, she could admit she'd totally and completely screwed up. And instead of crying and wallowing, she was determined to do something to fix it.

Cal was a confusing character. I know he cared about Aoife, but sometimes I wondered how he was her best friend. He didn't act like one, a lot of the time. Of course, I found out why at the end, so I guess Kattridge is extremely good at subtlety, but GAH. I'd gotten so into Cal as her friend and then BAM. 'Course, he's still her friend, but still. Although I really liked a part of their relationship - it showed how a guy and a girl can be just friends.

The romance was kind of . . . sad. Lacking. Dean and Aoife didn't have very many romantic moments, and the kiss scenes >:{ I am a fan of nice make-out scenes, but in The Iron Thorn it was basically "He kissed me" and that was it. Although I will say that Dean was an intriguing character, and I thought he was well written.

The biggest problem I had was that so many things were left unexplained - the Proctors, for one thing. I still don't know what they really are. I'm still unclear on The Iron Land and The Mists and all this other stuff that made my brain hurt.

I must say, though, The Iron Thorn was something that seemed very original to me. I loved the setting and how different it was from modern times.

Overall: I had an extremely hard time rating this book. I really loved Aoife, the world was amazing, and this book was definitely something new. I just feel like I was left with way too many questions, but I'll definitely be reading the sequel when it comes out. The Iron Thorn is full of suspense and it keeps you guessing the entire time - and just when you think you've got it figured out, you're surprised by the real answer. 3.5 stars.


~Zoey~
5 comments on "Review: The Iron Thorn"
  1. Hmmmmmmmmmmm.
    This is steampunk, right?

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  2. Sounds great I even used the name Aoife in a writing assignment the other day. Anyway nice review and this book sounds great.

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  3. Zoey: I may have to read this. :o

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  4. I think this book suffered from being slightly too long. It just dragged in some spots for me. I can't really pinpoint why else I didn't find it amazing. This was a weird one for me. I will also be reading the sequel.

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10.27.2011

Review: The Iron Thorn

The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kattridge
Published February 22nd 2011 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
//Amazon//B&N//The Book Depository//

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.

*Some spoilers, probably*
 
The Iron Thorn confused me like no other. It's one of those books where you really have to think about what you're reading and try and connect things. (I'm not very good at that, just in case you didn't know.)

Aoife was a very interesting character, though I have no idea how to pronounce her name. (I think I ended up calling her I-owe-fee the entire book, even though it's fairly obvious that's wrong.) I really felt for her when everyone, even the boy who was supposed to be her best friend, was convinced she was going to go crazy when she turned sixteen, just like everyone else in her family. Her anger and frustration came through clearly, and it seemed very realistic to me.

Something else I really liked about Aoife - she was no gullible and naive sometimes, but at the end of the book, she could admit she'd totally and completely screwed up. And instead of crying and wallowing, she was determined to do something to fix it.

Cal was a confusing character. I know he cared about Aoife, but sometimes I wondered how he was her best friend. He didn't act like one, a lot of the time. Of course, I found out why at the end, so I guess Kattridge is extremely good at subtlety, but GAH. I'd gotten so into Cal as her friend and then BAM. 'Course, he's still her friend, but still. Although I really liked a part of their relationship - it showed how a guy and a girl can be just friends.

The romance was kind of . . . sad. Lacking. Dean and Aoife didn't have very many romantic moments, and the kiss scenes >:{ I am a fan of nice make-out scenes, but in The Iron Thorn it was basically "He kissed me" and that was it. Although I will say that Dean was an intriguing character, and I thought he was well written.

The biggest problem I had was that so many things were left unexplained - the Proctors, for one thing. I still don't know what they really are. I'm still unclear on The Iron Land and The Mists and all this other stuff that made my brain hurt.

I must say, though, The Iron Thorn was something that seemed very original to me. I loved the setting and how different it was from modern times.

Overall: I had an extremely hard time rating this book. I really loved Aoife, the world was amazing, and this book was definitely something new. I just feel like I was left with way too many questions, but I'll definitely be reading the sequel when it comes out. The Iron Thorn is full of suspense and it keeps you guessing the entire time - and just when you think you've got it figured out, you're surprised by the real answer. 3.5 stars.


~Zoey~

5 comments:

  1. Hmmmmmmmmmmm.
    This is steampunk, right?

    ReplyDelete
  2. Sounds great I even used the name Aoife in a writing assignment the other day. Anyway nice review and this book sounds great.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Zoey: I may have to read this. :o

    ReplyDelete
  4. I think this book suffered from being slightly too long. It just dragged in some spots for me. I can't really pinpoint why else I didn't find it amazing. This was a weird one for me. I will also be reading the sequel.

    ReplyDelete