Author: Heather Dixon
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Star Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
This book was given to me by the publisher, Greenwillow Books, through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
I love steampunk novels. If it's got gears, technology, Victorian sensibilities, all of the above? I am all over it. I'm a total junkie, actually, and if I had more time I would hunt them down so I could read them. Illusionarium intrigued and enchanted me--advanced technology, multiverses, a smart-ass main character, and dark futures, and for the most part, I really enjoyed it. There were twists and turns, some of which had me gasping. And the fights--Heather Dixon knows how to pen a great fight.
But. Yes, here it comes, the inevitable but: I really liked it, but there were some things that were really confusing. At times, it was hard to keep up with everything happening, it almost seemed like it went too fast. And the explanation for the multiverse was a little confusing. Actually, a lot of the technology seemed poorly explained too. I had a grand adventure with this book, which I absolutely loved, but I wish there had been more information given on the world-building. I really liked this book, but hopefully more information is given, it just wasn't enough for me. Next on deck: Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge!