A girl with a clockwork heart must make every second count.
When Penny Farthing nearly dies, brilliant surgeon Calvin Warwick manages to implant a brass “Ticker” in her chest, transforming her into the first of the Augmented. But soon it’s discovered that Warwick killed dozens of people as he strove to perfect another improved Ticker for Penny, and he’s put on trial for mass murder.
On the last day of Warwick’s trial, the Farthings’ factory is bombed, Penny’s parents disappear, and Penny and her brother, Nic, receive a ransom note demanding all of their Augmentation research if they want to see their parents again. Is someone trying to destroy the Farthings…or is the motive more sinister?
Desperate to reunite their family and rescue their research, Penny and her brother recruit fiery baker Violet Nesselrode, gentleman-about-town Sebastian Stirling, and Marcus Kingsley, a young army general who has his own reasons for wanting to lift the veil between this world and the next. Wagers are placed, friends are lost, romance stages an ambush, and time is running out for the girl with the clockwork heart.
The second I saw this cover on Kindle First I was intrigued and the summary pulled me in even more. I’m always a sucker for something out of the box and this absolutely is. This is the first book I’ve read of the steampunk genre. It’s definitely different.
I absolutely love Penny’s character. Everything about her. She’s a young woman beyond her years and her time. She’s always pushing the limits, going places she probably shouldn’t, doing things she probably shouldn’t. Not to mention she has a brass heart.
The book has some action… some explosions and drama, but there’s also a little love story brewing.
One thing I struggled with with the book, and as I’m reading reviews, it seems to be common in many books in this genre is the vocabulary. There were several things I had absolutely no idea what it meant. It could have been a car and I may have thought it was a donut. Maybe I didn’t understand much of the book at all, but from what I thought it was, I liked it.
From what I’m reading, people either love or hate this book. I enjoyed it, primarily for Penny’s character, but I’ll let you be the judge. Click on the link for Goodreads if you want to read some other reviews.
I give Ticker 3.5 out of 5 bookmarks.