Title: Like Clockwork
Written by: Bonnie Dee
Release date: November, 2010
Source: Netgalley, Carina Press
Victoria's work with automatons has gained her renown and changed the face of London. But her concern that the clockworks are taking too many jobs away from humans, creating social unrest, is ignored. Given the ugly mood of the underclass, she fears more outbreaks of violence similar to the murder spree of the notorious Southwark Slasher.
Dash, unemployed thanks to the clockworks, has pledged fealty to The Brotherhood, a group determined to bring about the downfall of the automatons by any means necessary. His plan to kidnap Victoria goes awry when the unorthodox scientist pledges her assistance to their cause.
Despite their opposite social classes, a bond grows between them, and Victoria begins to feel emotions she never expected for the passionate Dash. But when the Slasher strikes close to home, Dash and Victoria realize that the boundaries of polite society are far from the only threat to their happiness...
I want more! Bonnie Dee, please write more steampunk novella’s.
Victoria is a 28 year old woman who is strong, feisty and very smart. Living in the Victorian Era as an intelligent woman who wants to change the world is very though, but she stands her ground.
The other main character is Dash. He has grown up on the streets of London, is intelligent and stands up for the workers who lost their jobs because of the robots.
I like this character a lot and love to know more about him and his troubled past.
The ending left me a bit unsatisfied. It skips a few months and then there is a graphic scene that for me should not have been there. It felt like the ending was rushed and therefore it didn’t fit completely with the rest of the story.
Even tough the ending didn’t do it for me, Like Clockwork is still a enjoyable read. And I hope that Bonnie Dee will write some more steampunk novels.