Pastworld

Author: Ian Beck

Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy/Steampunk

This book was ingenious. The idea was stunning, the writing was very good (aside from ocasional places where commas would have been welcome). As a matter of fact, this book was hard to stop thinking about it after I put it down. There was some objectionable content, though, so here you are.

Violence. People are shot, stabbed, chased down… if it were a movie, it would probably be standard PG-13 as long as they didn’t show some of the nasty stuff. The Fantom has a Jack-the-Ripper-like habit of killing people with a knife and then cutting their hearts out.

HOWEVER – you find out that there is a reason for this, and it really is not entirely his fault (and no, it isn’t because of a bad childhood).

There are many positive elements – many people love Eve and will do anything to keep her alive and out of the Fantom’s clutches. People are willing to die for her, to place themselves in danger. A good-hearted pick-pocket named Bible J has a soft heart and helps people out whenever he can.

This book was very good and very imaginative. The ending leaves you wondering “What happens next!?” but not in a throw-the-book-across-the-room way. However, because of darkness and disturbing content, it is not for the faint of heart, OR young readers.

Ages: Mature 16

4.5 out of 5 stars

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