27 Days to Midnight
by Kristine Kruppa
Genre; YA Steampunk Adventure
Release date: May 3rd 2016
Giant Squid Books
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
27 Days to Midnight is the first steampunk fiction I have ever read and I’m blown away. I am at awe at the world building because I never thought this kind of world could be possible. I love the descriptions and the dialogue, it felt very alive. I loved the exploration and discovery of time and death.
This book starts immediately. Dahlia is given a watch which tells her how much time she has left to live. But she is unable to see her time. She doesn’t know when she will die. But then her father is murdered and she must avenge her fathers death before her time runs out.
There are some mature themes in this book, mainly death and what it means to be living your final days. I haven’t read a book that dealt with this topic in a while. I’m glad I did because not every story has a happy ending.
I really liked Farren. He doesn’t have long to live yet he makes every second count. He has a way to handle his impending death. He is sarcastic and witty and aides Dahlia to find who murdered her father.
27 Days to Midnight has been a great introduction to steampunk for me and I’m happy that I know what I have been missing.
Overall I would give 27 Days to Midnight ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars.
Kristine Kruppa is a mechanical engineer, writer, and world traveler. Her days are spent designing cool new car parts, but her evenings are filled with writing and cats. She has traveled solo to seventeen countries on five continents. Her other hobbies include hunting for the perfect cup of coffee, exploring used book stores, and accidentally climbing mountains. To keep up with her adventures, follow Kristine on Twitter @kskruppa.
(Author photo credit: Sunny Wong)
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