Book Review

Cover image of Mechanique by Genevieve Valentine

Mechanique: a tale of the Circus Tresaulti, by Genevieve Valentine

In a world where constant war has been the rule for as long as anyone can remember, people need all the distraction they can get. And so, there is the Circus Tresaulti: a magical place to forget about the war-torn present, based on the circuses of the pre-war past. It's run by Boss, a former opera singer with a gift for creating nearly indestructible human performers: acrobats with hollow copper bones, living trapezes, a one-man mechanical band, and much more, including a pair of fabulous golden wings that allow their wearer to fly. Boss and her circus offer a way of life outside the constant fighting, and a even more miraculously, a way of living for the dying, although not without price. But the Government Men in charge of war-torn cities everywhere would love to have the ability to create indestructible soldiers to fight for their cause, and the Circus Tresaulti must keep all its secrets close or fall to pieces.

This is an enjoyable read, with lots of action and intrigue, but also plenty of heart. The characters are interesting and quirky, and while the secrets of the Circus Tresaulti are not perhaps as surprising as they might be by the time they're revealed (I guessed most of them fairly early on), it's still a compelling book, especially if you like Steam-Punk-ish Post-Apocalyptic Sci-Fi/Fantasy!

--by Polly Ross