Present day: When a young anthropologist specializing in ancient technology uncovers a terrible secret concealed in the workings of a three-hundred-year-old mechanical doll, she is thrown into a hidden world that lurks just under the surface of our own. With her career and her life at stake, June Stefanov will ally with a remarkable traveler who exposes her to a reality she never imagined, as they embark on an around-the-world adventure and discover breathtaking secrets of the past...
1725: In the depths of the Kremlin, the tsar's loyal mechanician brings
to life two astonishingly humanlike mechanical beings. Peter and Elena
are a brother and sister fallen out of time, possessed with uncanny
power, and destined to serve great empires. Struggling to blend into
pre-Victorian society, they are pulled into a legendary war that has
raged for centuries.
The Clockwork Dynasty seamlessly
interweaves past and present, exploring a race of beings designed to
live by ironclad principles, yet constantly searching for meaning. As
June plunges deeper into their world, her choices will ultimately
determine their survival or extermination. Richly-imagined and
heart-pounding, Daniel H. Wilson's novel expertly draws on his robotics
and science background, combining exquisitely drawn characters with
visionary technology--and riveting action.
"The age of the thing is in the feel of it."
I wasn't sure how much I would like this book but I then I couldn't put it down so I guess it's safe to say I did like.
story is told in the past and present from two different viewpoints:
Peter the avomat, or robot and June, the human. I liked the back and
forth of the chapters and the telling of the history of our world. It
intrigued me how the author wove our world and the avomat world
together. He did a great job at world building.
Though I think the
characters cold have been written with more depth, the way the avomats
"lived" was detailed. I remembered the characters names and what place
they had in the story. Spoiler: there is no romance. I just realized
this as I was writing. Obviously, the story didn't need any. lol
I felt the ending came too quickly and maybe there will be another book? I'm not sure...
Thanks to netgalley for the early read!