My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The first couple of chapters left me feeling “meh”, as the main character was not that likable. Then it gelled and became a standard Sanderson book, which being translated, means it was AWESOME!
This is steampunk. I hate steampunk. And Sanderson made me like this book.
Age of reading is definitely a step above the Alcatraz books, but not the full on adult world of say Mistborn.
Really cool ideas that are well thought out. Characters were interesting, engaging, true to life [ie, even complete dicks have their good points] and fun.
The plot was twisty, turny with just the right amount of sentiment, hints of young love, pathos and courageous determinism.
The main reason I didn’t give this a 5star is because it is the first of a series. Maybe the series will suck later and affect my thoughts on this book. Maybe Sanderson will die partway through book 2. Who knows. So I reserve judgement for that final star…