The Strange Case of Finley Jayne (Steampunk Chronicles, #0.5) by Kady Cross
Genres: Young Adult, Steampunk, Mystery, Science Fiction
Rating: 5 out of 5
Short reaction: Fascinating preview having tons of action right away through a young heroine!
Finley Jayne knows she’s not ‘normal’. Normal girls don’t lose time, or have something inside them that makes them capable of remarkably violent things. Her behavior has already cost her one job, so when she’s offered the lofty position of companion to Phoebe, a debutante recently engaged to Lord Vincent, she accepts, despite having no experience. Lord Vincent is a man of science with his automatons and inventions, but Finley is suspicious of his motives where Phoebe is concerned. She will do anything to protect her new friend, but what she discovers is even more monstrous than anything she could have imagined…
The strange case of Finley Jayne is her supernatural strengths. She may not be able to control her temper sometimes but she (so far) uses this in a good way especially when protecting the people she serves or her loved ones. And in this new job, she protects her new companion, Lady Phoebe from the mad scientist/mechanic Lord Vincent and him marrying her.
The setting is in London which is a perfect lovely setting for this historical yet robotic era of automatons, mechanical horses against bright pastel ball gowns and finely cut suits of Ladies and Lords, Counts and Countesses.
I could imagine Cinder along the lines of metal and brass while Tris of Divergent with Finley’s curious mind and strength given that she’s only sixteen to knock out armed men or even mechanical inventions. Finley, even not a prodigy nor a genius is likable for her smartness and the devil inside her actually does no harm.
But this is just the start. I reckon there’s more action as the main event starts! Whew! 🙂