Romulus Buckle and the City of the Founders
by Richard Preston [On Order]
Romulus Buckle and the City of the Founders is a great classic steampunk tale. The high flying crew of the Pneumatic Zeppelin are on a mission to the mysterious lost city of the Founders. Their goal, to save their clan chief and adoptive father at all costs. Set in California, an alien invasion occurred years before and decimated the world we know now and the people have had no choice but to revert to steam and hydrogen. This lands squarely in the steampunk genre. You have the ever present zeppelins, steam powered machines, and the all encompassing outfits. The surprising thing is that though the themes have become very used the story is also so highly original that I never felt like I "had read that before." This book does take a good while to get into however and I was tempted to put it down in the first fourth. After the halfway point however the plot picks up speed and I found myself absorbed in the adventure. Whether you are a fan of steampunk or have yet to enjoy one before, this is a wonderful example or starting place. [If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try Cherie Priest's The Clockwork Century Series.] -- recommended by Wyatt P. - Gere Branch Library
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