Monday, March 7, 2016

The Clockwork Three by Matthew J. Kirby, 2010

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Three ordinary children are brought together by extraordinary events. . . .
Giuseppe is an orphaned street musician who sees no way to escape from his ruthless master, until the day he finds an enchanted violin.
Frederick is an apprentice clockmaker with a past he cannot remember, who secretly works to build the most magnificent clockwork man the world has ever seen.
Hannah is a maid in a grand hotel, whose life is one of endless drudgery, until she encounters a mystifying new guest and learns of a hidden treasure.
As mysterious circumstances bring them together, the lives of these three children soon interlock, and they realize that each one holds the key to the others’ puzzles. Together, the three discover they have phenomenal power when they team up as friends, and that they can overcome even the darkest of fears.

(395 pages)

This was the first book by Matthew J. Kirby that I ever read, and it introduced me to an author whose books I've been adoring ever since. This was his debut novel, which is just so incredible because it's such an amazing book.

Yeah, okay, so you can probably see where this review is headed. Yes, I love Clockwork Three to pieces - which is why I bought it on sale at my library, and immediately re-read it, and am now reviewing it. This was the first time I'd read it since my first time, and it was really interesting to see how the book held up on closer inspection.

Reading it for the second time, with a little more perspective because I knew more or less how it ended (barring all of the twists I'd completely forgotten), I still really enjoyed The Clockwork Three - though I perhaps have a few more believability issues with it this time than I did the first time I read it. The characters are a tad too . . . I don't know. Predictable, maybe? Or familiar? I feel like Kirby did a really great job reinventing the wheel here, but it's still the same old wheel. This was his first novel, though, and his later books have really amazing characterizations, so I can forgive his debut for having good instead of great characters.

Also, the plot is really cool. It's weird, but it's cool, and I'm really glad I bought a copy of The Clockwork Three because now I can re-read it whenever I'm in the mood. Kirby's prose is also amazing, and the entire book just feels so classic and beautiful that it makes a wonderful comfort read. A steampunk science fiction comfort read, granted, but still a great one. Let me know what your favorite comfort read is in the comments section down below!

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this Bible through the BookLook Bloggers program in exchange for an honest review.

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