Steeplejack

Steeplejack

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Seventeen-year-old Anglet Sutonga, Ang for short, works repairing the chimneys, towers, and spires of Bar-Selehm, the ethnically-diverse industrial capital of a land resembling Victorian South Africa. The city was built on the trade of luxorite, a priceless glowing mineral. When the Beacon, a historical icon made of the largest piece of luxorite known to exist, is stolen, this news commands the headlines. Yet no one seems to care about the murder of Ang's new apprentice Berrit. But when Josiah Willinghouse, an enigmatic young politician, offers her a job investigating his death, she plunges headlong into dangers she could not foresee. On top of this legwork, Ang struggles with the responsibility of caring for her sister's newborn child. As political secrets unfold and racial tensions surrounding the Beacon's theft rise, Ang must navigate the constricting traditions of her people, the murderous intentions of her former boss, and the conflicting impulses of a fledgling romance. With no one to help her except a savvy newspaper girl and a kindhearted herder from the savannah, Ang must rely on her creative intellect and strength to resolve the mysterious link between Berrit and the missing Beacon before the city is plunged into riotous chaos. Providing a fresh take on historical fantasy attune to today's demand for multicultural YA, A.J. Hartley's Steeplejack will also resonate with readers of all ages.
Publisher: ©2016
New York :, Tor Teen,, 2016.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781466891692
1466891696
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Recorded Books, Inc
Summary: Seventeen-year-old Anglet Sutonga, Ang for short, works repairing the chimneys, towers, and spires of Bar-Selehm, the ethnically-diverse industrial capital of a land resembling Victorian South Africa. The city was built on the trade of luxorite, a priceless glowing mineral. When the Beacon, a historical icon made of the largest piece of luxorite known to exist, is stolen, this news commands the headlines. Yet no one seems to care about the murder of Ang's new apprentice Berrit. But when Josiah Willinghouse, an enigmatic young politician, offers her a job investigating his death, she plunges headlong into dangers she could not foresee. On top of this legwork, Ang struggles with the responsibility of caring for her sister's newborn child. As political secrets unfold and racial tensions surrounding the Beacon's theft rise, Ang must navigate the constricting traditions of her people, the murderous intentions of her former boss, and the conflicting impulses of a fledgling romance. With no one to help her except a savvy newspaper girl and a kindhearted herder from the savannah, Ang must rely on her creative intellect and strength to resolve the mysterious link between Berrit and the missing Beacon before the city is plunged into riotous chaos. Providing a fresh take on historical fantasy attune to today's demand for multicultural YA, A.J. Hartley's Steeplejack will also resonate with readers of all ages.

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ELPLTeenLibrarian Jun 30, 2017

Steampunk that actually considers the sociopolitical effects of colonialism? AMAZE. A great example of balancing suspense with solid writing, this page-turner explores the intersections of race, sex, and class through the eyes of a WOC protagonist, and works well as a standalone -- though I look forward to Ang's next case!

KimberlyReads Aug 23, 2016

Great mystery in a fascinating steampunk setting. This fantasy world is inspired by South Africa, and captures its history and complex cultures. If you're looking for a smart, thoughtful fantasy with a solid mystery and a capable lead, look no further.

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joywolf83
Aug 20, 2016

Wordy and long made an interesting tale tedious. So much extra information made the mystery get lost. For example there's a baby born and the main girl decides to care for it herself. It cluttered up the suspense. Very obvious bad guys made for little surprises. Immersive world with culture of black, white and native clashing. I also thought it strange that for such a strong female lead she was constantly swooning over the men in her life. I could understand her hesitation when it came to social status but it seemed out of character to get tongue tied with boys.

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