Stick around long enough in this genre, and you start to see fresh ideas repeat. Like fairy-tale retellings, for example. Do we really need another version of Cinderella?
Well, if it’s as fresh and funky as Betsy Cornwell’s New York Times bestseller Mechanica then, yeah. Maybe we do. In this version, Nicolette is a young inventor mocked by her cruel step-sisters, who finds a secret workshop on her sixteenth birthday. And when she learns of the upcoming technological exposition… well, you know there’s only one way that can play out. And I want to be onboard to see it happen. Kirkus says “A spunky mechanic stars as a steampunk Cinderella who doesn’t need rescuing… A smart, refreshing alternative to stale genre tropes,” and Amazon.com listed it among the Best Young Adult Books of 2015,
Mechanica was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books on August 2, 2016. It is 320 pages, priced at $8.99 in paperback and for the digital edition. The cover is by Manuel Sumberac; click the images above for bigger versions. Read an excerpt here, and learn more about the book here.
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