Steeplejack

Steeplejack

A Novel

Book - 2016
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Seventeen-year-old Anglet Sutonga lives repairing the chimneys, towers, and spires of the city of Bar-Selehm. Dramatically different communities live and work alongside each other. The white Feldish command the nation’s higher echelons of society. The native Mahweni are divided between city life and the savannah. And then there’s Ang, part of the Lani community who immigrated over generations ago as servants and now mostly live in poverty on Bar-Selehm’s edges. When Ang is supposed to meet her new apprentice Berrit, she instead finds him dead. That same night, the Beacon, an invaluable historical icon, is stolen. The Beacon’s theft commands the headlines, yet no one seems to care about Berrit’s murder—except for Josiah Willinghouse, an enigmatic young politician. When he offers her a job investigating his death, she plunges headlong into new and unexpected dangers. Meanwhile, crowds gather in protests over the city’s mounting troubles. Rumors surrounding the Beacon’s theft grow. More suspicious deaths occur. With no one to help Ang except Josiah’s haughty younger sister, a savvy newspaper girl, and a kindhearted herder, Ang must rely on her intellect and strength to resolve the mysterious link between Berrit and the missing Beacon before the city descends into chaos.
Publisher: New York : Tor Teen, 2016
ISBN: 9780765383426
Branch Call Number: HART
Characteristics: 334 pages

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ELPLTeenLibrarian Jun 30, 2017

Steampunk that actually considers the sociopolitical effects of colonialism? AMAZE. A great example of balancing suspense with solid writing, this page-turner explores the intersections of race, sex, and class through the eyes of a WOC protagonist, and works well as a standalone -- though I look forward to Ang's next case!

KimberlyReads Aug 23, 2016

Great mystery in a fascinating steampunk setting. This fantasy world is inspired by South Africa, and captures its history and complex cultures. If you're looking for a smart, thoughtful fantasy with a solid mystery and a capable lead, look no further.

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joywolf83
Aug 20, 2016

Wordy and long made an interesting tale tedious. So much extra information made the mystery get lost. For example there's a baby born and the main girl decides to care for it herself. It cluttered up the suspense. Very obvious bad guys made for little surprises. Immersive world with culture of black, white and native clashing. I also thought it strange that for such a strong female lead she was constantly swooning over the men in her life. I could understand her hesitation when it came to social status but it seemed out of character to get tongue tied with boys.

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