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The Doomsday Vault : A Novel of the Clockwork Empire
by Steven Harper


Overview - In a clockwork Brittania, Alice's prospects are slim. At 21, her age and her unladylike interest in automatons have sealed her fate as an undesirable marriage prospect. But a devastating plague sends Alice off in a direction beyond the pale-towards a clandestine organization, mad inventors, life-altering secrets, and into the arms of an intrepid fiddle-playing airship pilot.  Read more...

 
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Overview
In a clockwork Brittania, Alice's prospects are slim. At 21, her age and her unladylike interest in automatons have sealed her fate as an undesirable marriage prospect. But a devastating plague sends Alice off in a direction beyond the pale-towards a clandestine organization, mad inventors, life-altering secrets, and into the arms of an intrepid fiddle-playing airship pilot.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780451464293
  • ISBN-10: 045146429X
  • Publisher: Roc
  • Publish Date: November 2011
  • Page Count: 391
  • Reading Level: Ages 18-UP
  • Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.4 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2011-09-26
  • Reviewer: Staff

Harper’s alternate Victorian England is afflicted by a “clockwork plague” that renders most victims mindless zombies and transforms a rare few into geniuses responsible for a multitude of mechanical wonders. Impoverished noblewoman Alice Michaels has been spurned by high society since losing two family members to the plague; now, despite an unladylike knack for clockworks, she is trying to regain her respectability and marry advantageously. Her plans are disrupted when she and Gavin Ennock, a former airshipman with uncanny musical talent, catch the eye of the British government’s clandestine technology department, which draws them into events that threaten the safety of the realm. Harper takes steampunk’s whimsy too far into cliché and absurdity with clockwork automata more advanced than today’s computers. Such flaws are exacerbated by pedestrian prose, shallow and inconsistent characters, and a convoluted plot driven by absurd coincidence. (Nov.)

 
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