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2.0 out of 5 starsSo so disappointed
Reviewed in the United States on August 4, 2021
I'm so disappointed this book. It was so boring and had no clear plot or direction. It was hard to imagine the setting because the world building because it just isn't there. The characters are not relatable and significantly lack depth and development. The dialogue between the characters is annoying at best and they are all really immature. I'm sorry to say I don't recommend this book and will not be continuing the series.
Amazing story in a dystopian world where gargantuan mechas - Windups - are worshipped and used to control populations through terror, i.e. Windups are Old Testament God. The war against the tyranny is being fought by kids who have the optimism that only youth can provide because who else has the nerve to fight against 120ft mechas and believe they can win. There is a lot of details of the Godolian life that I appreciated - like the plural cursing, obsession with sweets, and moments that reminded me that the characters were still just kids.
Eris, Sona, and the other female characters are strong young women who make choices with intention, unlike many female characters in other YA novels that seem to be just going with the circumstances. Plop Eris or Sona in any other world and they would still be fighting to change it for the better.
The action scenes are intense! I know a movie is being proposed and I hope it can do the writing justice because I felt like I was tumbling inside the mechas as I was reading.
Gearbreakers is a great binge-worthy book. You have to use the beginning of the book to breath and take in all the sights like you do on a roller coaster while it climbs the starting ramp because after that, it’s a heart pounding thrilling ride.
I am so so looking forward to book 2 next year!!!!!! I have the audible version of Gearbreakers #1 on preorder too.
Reviewed in the United States on September 18, 2021
I am so angry that this book ends in the way it does and does not give me more. I have never seen a book that celebrates hate and anger as love in the way this one does, and I want more. Every character is viscerally real and every hit is felt. Sapphic love between broken people in the apocalypse, fighting giant robots together. Godslayers can't come fast enough.
While the book was a very interesting read, it’s plot driven stance and limited character development means it would honestly be a better movie than book. It’s forced romance was also off putting. However, it was still a very fun read for bookclub!