Review: Rebel Mechanics

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

rebelTitle: Rebel Mechanics

Author: Shanna Swendson

Series: Rebel Mechanics #1

Published: July 14, 2015 by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux

Pages: 320

Source: eARC

A sixteen-year-old governess becomes a spy in this alternative U.S. history where the British control with magic and the colonists rebel by inventing.

It’s 1888, and sixteen-year-old Verity Newton lands a job in New York as a governess to a wealthy leading family—but she quickly learns that the family has big secrets. Magisters have always ruled the colonies, but now an underground society of mechanics and engineers are developing non-magical sources of power via steam engines that they hope will help them gain freedom from British rule. The family Verity works for is magister—but it seems like the children’s young guardian uncle is sympathetic to the rebel cause. As Verity falls for a charming rebel inventor and agrees to become a spy, she also becomes more and more enmeshed in the magister family’s life. She soon realizes she’s uniquely positioned to advance the cause—but to do so, she’ll have to reveal her own dangerous secret.


I haven’t read a steampunk book in a long time and this was just what I wanted/needed. The story follows Verity as she tries to find a governess job in the big city. Along the way she meets some rebels who are trying to overthrow the Magisters, people who have magic and are in the noble class. Everything runs on magic and so the only way to overthrow them is to invent. And so they do-they invent things made with steam and Verity is caught up in the revolution. She becomes a spy for them since she found a job in a high class family. But she is soon betrayed and her life as well as the rebel cause sits on her shoulders.

The Likes:

  • Verity is a very likeable character! She is smart and witty and I just loved her. She does allow her emotions to get the best of her but when she is betrayed she is angry and hurt but then she rationalizes it really well. She could understand their side of the story though what they did was MEAN!
  • The supporting characters were written really well and I liked everyone of them though they disappeared when they weren’t needed and I would have liked more from them.
  • I LOVED the steampunk aspect of this! After reading The Curse of Ash and Iron this was what I was expecting from a steampunk book!
  • The ending was great! No cliffhanger and it sets it up for the next book so perfectly!!!

The Dislikes:

  • It was a little slow to start. It took a while for things to start moving along.
  • The world building was a little off but it didn’t take away from the story.
  • I would have liked more magic!!!!!

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