Review of Generation Steam

Please use this sub-forum to discuss any fantasy or science fiction books or series.
Forum rules
Authors and publishers are not able to post replies in the review topics.
Post Reply
User avatar
Saint Bruno
Posts: 1656
Joined: 28 Aug 2020, 14:47
2021 Reading Goal: 150
Favorite Author: Agatha Christie
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 150
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-saint-bruno.html
Latest Review: The Aftermath Of The King by Robert Murray
fav_author_id: 2484

Review of Generation Steam

Post by Saint Bruno »

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Generation Steam" by Gordon Sinclair.]
Book Cover
3 out of 4 stars
Share This Review


In Arteria, the 1889 squad of the Casbear Lions, the Casbear Academy steamball team, is probably the most dreaded team the academy has ever put together. However, someone attempts to assassinate one of the academy's promising talents, Nos, before the semi-finals of the Senior League Steamball Championship. Who wanted Nos dead? Is it possible that the assassin missed his target on purpose? If yes, to what end?

Though their team is a force to reckon with in steamball, Casbear's business is assassination, mercenary protection, espionage, and even war. And with war already on everyone's mind in Arteria, no one knows whom or what to believe. Everyone seems to have a hidden agenda, and Nos is no different. Amidst the steamball brouhaha, power plays, and deceits, Nos has one mission on his mind. To find out, you have to read the first volume of Generation Steam by Gordon Sinclair.

Sinclair narrates an intriguing fantasy story using the third-person point of view throughout this title. Being the first volume in the series, readers should expect the book to end in a cliffhanger. But I believe Sinclair's suspenseful writing style and the alluring end to the narrations in this volume would win fans for the next installments. Sinclair creates a world that solves its problems using technology, as seen in some characters having artificial body parts and skyships for transportation. However, the characters' keenness towards violence and ulterior motives make reading this book a fascinating experience. That was my favorite aspect of the book because I couldn't predict any character's future actions.

I enjoyed the author's writing style. I could form pictures of the characters in my mind without trying due to how well he described their physical appearance, clothing, and environment. I also appreciated Sinclair's use of figures of speech like oxymorons and similes to make his writing exciting. One such example is, "He never forgot the fact that he was unworthy even to be a Casbear student, and the only reason he was there was directly because of the cruel kindness of a Casbear operative: callsign Yoh." I love that!

Furthermore, I must commend the author for the unique characters throughout the book. Their different traits provide the variety and clash of interests that make a fiction book exciting. Though Nos is my favorite character, the author's description of Sunny's beauty makes her hard to ignore. Nevertheless, keeping up with the many characters in the book was overwhelming, especially in the beginning. And they all had nicknames (callsigns) which the author interchanged for their real names on many occasions. So I found myself rereading some parts of the book to know who was who. Though this issue resolved itself after some chapters, I didn't enjoy the initial experience. More so, I couldn't relate or empathize with the characters until towards the end of the book because there were many of them and not enough backstories to do the magic. I know this title is only the first volume of the series, and I expect things to take better shape in the sequels; however, I must say that I expected something better even with this volume.

All in all, I am rating this first volume of Generation Steam three out of four stars. I enjoyed the book, especially towards the end, and can't wait to read the next title in the series. But the issues I mentioned above and the many editing errors in the publication prevented me from giving it a perfect score. The book doesn't also deserve a lower rating because its pros outweigh the cons. I recommend this novel to lovers of fantasy stories with themes of espionage, deceit, betrayal, passion, and revenge.

******
Generation Steam
View: on Bookshelves | on Amazon
User avatar
Raluca_Mihaila
Posts: 2568
Joined: 03 Aug 2020, 14:52
2021 Reading Goal: 60
Favorite Book: The Brothers Karamazov
Currently Reading: The Master and Margarita
Bookshelf Size: 157
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-raluca-mihaila.html
Latest Review: The Abalone Ukulele by R. L. Crossland

Post by Raluca_Mihaila »

This fantasy story seems very intriguing, but the fact that it is part of a series does not encourage me to start reading it. Thank you for this detailed and instructive review!
User avatar
Ellylion
Posts: 2656
Joined: 01 Mar 2019, 15:33
Favorite Book: The Altitude Journals
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 81
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-ellylion.html
Latest Review: Mysteries you can't put down by Brad Bennett

Post by Ellylion »

Sounds like a great fantasy book with many twists and turns :) I always prefer books with well-developed characters. Thank you very much for this insightful review!
Ekezie1998
Posts: 240
Joined: 24 Jul 2021, 11:50
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 23
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-ekezie1998.html
Latest Review: The Human and The Divine by Terry-Ann Grant

Post by Ekezie1998 »

Quite an intriguing plot we have here. Would definitely love to have this book on my shelf. Great review here.
User avatar
NetMassimo
Previous Member of the Month
Posts: 4188
Joined: 24 Jul 2019, 06:37
2021 Reading Goal: 60
Currently Reading: The Future of Another Timeline
Bookshelf Size: 259
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-netmassimo.html
Latest Review: Mythical Creatures and Magical Beasts by Zayden Stone

Post by NetMassimo »

Despite the problems you pointed out, this seems like an engaging fantasy story with some elements from other genres. I'll look into this series. Thank you for your great review!
Ciao :)
Massimo
User avatar
Uchechukwu Okereke
Posts: 126
Joined: 01 Oct 2021, 05:30
Currently Reading: Vagabond
Bookshelf Size: 42

Post by Uchechukwu Okereke »

The driving card for me on this one was the book cover. It might be because I am an artist or maybe because I am an otaku but either way, the storyline sounds enticing a very reminiscent of Harry Potter I cannot wait to give it a shot.
Post Reply

Return to “Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books”