Saturday, March 26, 2011

Book Review: The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge

Hello everyone. Today I finished reading The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge. Here is my review and I hope you enjoy:

Plot: In the city of Lovecraft, the Proctors rule and a great Engine turns below the streets, grinding any resistance to their order to dust. The necrovirus is blamed for Lovecraft's epidemic of madness, for the strange and eldritch creatures that roam the streets after dark, and for everything that the city leaders deem Heretical—born of the belief in magic and witchcraft. And for Aoife Grayson, her time is growing shorter by the day. Aoife Grayson's family is unique, in the worst way—every one of them, including her mother and her elder brother Conrad, has gone mad on their 16th birthday. And now, a ward of the state, and one of the only female students at the School of Engines, she is trying to pretend that her fate can be different.

Review: This book was completely filled with secrets and lies with a extremely, amazing adventure. This book is about a girl named Aoife Grayson, who lives in the city of Lovecraft, MA. When someone in Aoife's family turns sixteen they become mad and start doing horrible things to themselves and everyone around them. Aoife is about to turn sixteen and she knows day by day the nercovirus is spreading through her body, just like it did to the nightjers, her mother named Nerissa, and her brother, Conrad. Aoife soon gets a letter from Conrad, telling her that she must find the witch's alphabet and to save herself. She is now determined to find Conrad and figure out all the secrets in her family before she too becomes mad. Aoife is my favorite character because of her brain smarts and her brutal strength. The jounrey she had to go through was extremely hard, but it kept me up long at night trying to find out what happens to her. Cal, who is Aoife's best friend and also goes to the School of Engines comes along with Aoife to find her brother. Cal was a amazing best friend and very loyal, but he has some secrets of his own that when I found out left me breathless. Dean, who is the character that helps guide Aoife and Cal out of the Lovecraft. He was also one of my favorite characters because of his funny smart mouth and bravey, but even at the end of the book it seemed like even his secrets didn't seem all too real. I loved the writing style because of the dark gothic feel and amazing detail that the author showed through the whole novel.
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Pub. Date: February 2011
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Format: Hardcover , 512pp
Chapters: 40
Age Range: Young Adult


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