15/4/17

lunabee34: (reading by sallymn)
The Mechanical (The Alchemy Wars, #1)The Mechanical by Ian Tregillis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I really liked The Mechanical and am looking forward to reading the next book in the series. In this book, the Dutch rule the world because they have mastered alchemy and used it to create a host of automatons to act as soldiers, servants, and weapons. The Dutch don't believe (or at least have a vested interest in maintaining) that the automatons are sentient beings that can achieve free will. The Dutch are pitted against the French who (among other differences) do believe that the automatons are enslaved and are sentient beings. The Mechanical follows the interlocking lives of one automaton, the top French spy, and a captured French spy. My favorite character is the automaton Jax. I'm really looking forward to seeing what happens to him next. I'm rooting for him to be truly free.



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