April 9, 2018 by TinyNavajo
Gunpowder Alchemy by Jeannie Lin
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Do you love steampunk? Do you love reading stories based in Asia? Do you just like to read and explore other genres? If you answered “yes” to any or all of these questions, then you should read this book. I love steampunk stories, but I’ve only read steampunk stories based mainly in England/UK with some dabbles into North America. This is my first to have actually read that was based in China. And, it makes sense that there would be more places in the world that would take advantage of steam-powered technology. And China seemed like it would be a GREAT place to have taken advantage of steam-powered tech. So, onto the review!
Jin Soling is used to doing what is needed to keep her family going, especially after what happened to her father in Peking. Since his execution in Peking, Jin and her family fled, trying to get out of the reach of the Emperor. But with her mother addicted to opium and her little brother in danger of being sent to the work in the mines, Jin decides the only way to keep her family safe is to sale the last of her father’s possessions. In doing this, she draws the attention of the very people and government that not only killed her father but all of his colleagues as well.
As she is brought before the Imperial Prince, she learns that he and some others of his court have come up with a plan in order to find the former Ministry of Science, one of her father’s colleagues who managed to get away. Jin Soling decides to help in order restore her family’s honor and to have the protection her family needs in order to survive.
This book was such an interesting read. I didn’t expect it to be as action-exciting as it was. Yes, there were times when I felt the actual story may have suffered from having too much action and almost too many storylines going on. But realize that this is the first book in a series, so it needs to get all the storylines going that would be needed for a series.
Overall I enjoyed the book, it may not have been my favorite of books, I did enjoy reading about this version of the Opium Wars and steampunk China. Quite exciting! What books have you read that were in a genre you liked, but still a different version? Comment below and let me know!