I love getting reviews like this because it shows there’s people out there who truly understand what I’m going for, and how my books differ from much of the mainstream industry.
Despite being classified as a YA series, For Steam and Country is one of the rare YA novels that doesn’t insult the intelligence of its adult readers. It’s a book I’ll be perfectly happy to recommend to either of my teenage readers. In a lot of ways, it stylistically hearkens back to earlier novels – lots of action, a bit of romance, but without the need for the explicit sex and gore that often seem to be the modern hallmark of “Grown Up” fiction.
Exactly the point of the series. I find that much like every other genre of sci-fi, YA and Steampunk have tended to go over-the-top grimdark or overly-sexualized, which is especially awful for a genre like “young adult” where hopefully we could be instilling some mores into younger readers.
We have to be the change we want in culture, and I’m very happy there’s people like the Caster Clan who understand it and enjoy the books. The full review is here — hope you’ll join them in reading the series!