27 Days to Midnight
by Kristine Kruppa
Genre; YA Steampunk Adventure
Release date: May 3rd 2016
Giant Squid Books
Everyone in Dahlia’s world knows when they’re going to die. Except her.
Her father has never shown her the pocket watch counting down the days she has left to live. When he sacrifices himself to save her from her scheduled death, Dahlia abandons her comfortable home and sets off after his murderer to uncover the secrets her father died to protect…and the time research that could bring him back to life.
Then she meets Farren Reed. She should hate him. He’s an enemy soldier, a cowardly deserter, and the most insufferable man Dahlia’s ever met. Still, she needs all the help she can get, and Farren is the only chance she has to find the man who murdered her father. But Farren has only twenty-seven days left on his watch.
In that time, Dahlia must recover her father’s time research, foil a psychotic general’s plot, and learn to survive in a world that will never be the same. But the research holds secrets more dangerous than she had ever imagined. She will have to choose what is most important: revenge, Farren’s life, or her own. And time is running out.
My rating: 3.5 stars
This was my first time venturing into the steampunk genre and I was not disappointed. I don’t really know why I haven’t tried it earlier, but I am so glad I did. This nothing like I read before. The world building, the plot, the pace, the characters, everything is well written.
Dahlia Walker is a likeable protagonist – she’s smart, witty, and she’s kind. It’s her eighteenth birthday and she’s very excited to finally see her watch – that tells the time left the person had. In the midst of receiving her watch from her father they are attacked and she is fatally shot. However, her father somehow saves her. When she realises she is still alive she vows to bring him back. She sets on a journey to retrieve her father’s research.
On her way, she encounters a pilot from the enemy – the same enemy that shot her – with not many options Dahlia is forced to take his help, and soon they find themselves on a journey. As Farren Reed, the enemy pilot with only 27 days left, learns about Dahlia’s past he is determined to help her, even if it’s a suicide mission. Farren and Dahlia butt heads at the start, but they find themselves feeling more than they desired to. I was not particularly taken with the romance, and I would have appreciated if there was less focus on it. The side characters were interesting as well, and their stories were fascinating.
I really liked Kruppa’s writing style, she has a beautiful way with words. I am delighted that I gave this a chance and now I cannot wait to further dive into steampunk. Any steampunk (preferably YA steampunk) is highly appreciated.
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