This duology, which starts with Of Metal and Wishes and ends with the heartbreaking, uplifting, brutal, and beautiful Of Dreams and Rust, if one of the most inventive and visual fantasies around right now. One of my favorite things about it is the world and the images and the immersive feel of Sarah Fine's settings. The first book is almost entirely set in a factory of metal and blood, which ODaR is set in the wild mountains in a time of war. To help you get a feel for this amazing book and maybe help you get a sense of what it looks like (to me, at least), I put together a collage inspired by Of Dreams and Rust. (All images are sourced from Pinterest).
I've got Wen, Melik, and Bo all in there, along with the blood (SUCH BLOOD) (SUCH DEATH) (SUCH WAR), creeptatstic kind of steampunk war spiders of metal, the raw landscape with its valleys and mountains and crags and caves, Wen's doctor skills, and romaaaaance. Oh, the romance. (And the blood and death and war and explosions and gunshots and steampunk war spiders)
About the book:
War erupts in this bittersweet sequel to "Of Metal and Wishes", inspired by The Phantom of the Opera and called “relentlessly engrossing” by The Romantic Times.
In the year since the collapse of the slaughterhouse where Wen worked as her father’s medical assistant, she’s held all her secrets close. She works in the clinic at the weapons factory and sneaks away to nurse Bo, once the Ghost, now a boy determined to transform himself into a living machine. Their strange, fragile friendship soothes some of the ache of missing Melik, the strong-willed Noor who walked away from Wen all those months ago—but it can’t quell her fears for him.
The Noor are waging a rebellion in the west. When she overhears plans to crush Melik’s people with the powerful war machines created at the factory, Wen makes the painful decision to leave behind all she has known—including Bo—to warn them. But the farther she journeys into the warzone, the more confusing things become. A year of brutality seems to have changed Melik, and Wen has a decision to make about him and his people: How much is she willing to sacrifice to save them from complete annihilation?
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Sarah Fine is the author of several books for teens, including Of Metal and Wishes and its sequel, Of Dreams and Rust, and the Guards of the Shadowlands YA urban fantasy series. She is also the co-author (with Walter Jury) of two YA sci-fi thrillers: Scan and its sequel Burn. Sarah is also the author of the adult urban fantasy series, Servants of Fate, with the third book in the series, Fated, releasing September 2015. When Sarah’s not writing, she’s psychologizing. Sometimes she does both at the same time. The results are unpredictable.
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