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This book was action packed and kept me on my toes. It was so cool to see these giant robotic mechanized weapons being used to control society. Usually these contraptions are portrayed as tools to help humans fight back against monsters but in this case, they were used to control outer regions to a capital, making sure that they meet quotas and such for resources to be sent to the capital.
Enter the Gearbreakers, which are brave individuals that take on these mechanized weapons by taking them down from the inside. I have to give props to them because this would be such a dangerous job where your life would be on the line daily.
I definitely got Hunger Games vibes during this book with a mix of Divergent/Red Rising. The book focuses on fighting back for what you believe in and doing everything you can to break the normal ways of how society currently works.
There is also a sapphic relationship in here which I was rooting for from the very beginning! You will feel pain, love, longing, fury and so many other emotions if you decide to read this book.
I would recommend this book for lovers of Pacific Rim or any of the books mentioned above. You will not be disappointed!
Hard to swallow. It has a style of writing that I don’t particularly enjoy and it was really hard to read it entirely. Doesn’t have a satisfying romance or war plot. The last chapters were supposed to be critical for the story, but instead it felt dull and sometimes rushed. The characters personalities seemed forced and shallow, their deaths and/or suffering didn’t mean anything to me and I couldn’t sympathize with any of them at all. The world building tries to be detailed but, in reality, the pieces seemed patched together and not actually planned out. What bothered me the most was the confusing and dull explanations of feelings and events instead of showing me and making me actually feel that. Some parts were salvageable and I actually got some good laughs. My favorite line was in page 361: “You do not get to love someone and think they won’t feel it”
I'm so disappointed this book. It was so boring and had no clear plot or direction. It was hard to imagine the setting because the world building because it just isn't there. The characters are not relatable and significantly lack depth and development. The dialogue between the characters is annoying at best and they are all really immature. I'm sorry to say I don't recommend this book and will not be continuing the series.
Amazing story in a dystopian world where gargantuan mechas - Windups - are worshipped and used to control populations through terror, i.e. Windups are Old Testament God. The war against the tyranny is being fought by kids who have the optimism that only youth can provide because who else has the nerve to fight against 120ft mechas and believe they can win. There is a lot of details of the Godolian life that I appreciated - like the plural cursing, obsession with sweets, and moments that reminded me that the characters were still just kids.
Eris, Sona, and the other female characters are strong young women who make choices with intention, unlike many female characters in other YA novels that seem to be just going with the circumstances. Plop Eris or Sona in any other world and they would still be fighting to change it for the better.
The action scenes are intense! I know a movie is being proposed and I hope it can do the writing justice because I felt like I was tumbling inside the mechas as I was reading.
Gearbreakers is a great binge-worthy book. You have to use the beginning of the book to breath and take in all the sights like you do on a roller coaster while it climbs the starting ramp because after that, it’s a heart pounding thrilling ride.
I am so so looking forward to book 2 next year!!!!!! I have the audible version of Gearbreakers #1 on preorder too.
I am so angry that this book ends in the way it does and does not give me more. I have never seen a book that celebrates hate and anger as love in the way this one does, and I want more. Every character is viscerally real and every hit is felt. Sapphic love between broken people in the apocalypse, fighting giant robots together. Godslayers can't come fast enough.
As a debut novel, Mikuta's Gearbreakers is a good work. The characters were enjoyable, the relationship is decent (something Young Adult novels often bungle I find), and overall, I enjoyed the time reading this book. If you're in the market for a sapphic young adult novel, then I recommend picking this up and seeing if you enjoy it too.
However, to warn a bit, I do think the book wastes a lot of this potential. The author had too strong of a habit of introducing potentially interesting story ideas and dynamics only to be rid of them in a matter of a couple chapters. This happens far more with Bellasona's storyline rather than Eris's, but there are a couple more times throughout the novel she does the same. Introduce an interesting idea that can cause suspense or tension only to end up dropping it or resolving it fairly quickly. To a degree, I can also see how this would come off as the author not having a clear plan through her story.
I also found that the fight scenes were a bit hard to follow and the evil empire is little too cliche, feeling like they're just evil because the author needs them to be evil.
My last major point against the book is that the author doesn't quite capture the scale or power of these 80ft mechas well enough that they ever truly feel like "god made material" as they're often likened to in-universe. At one point, one of the main characters, Eris, stops the blast from the main gun of one of these mechas with a pair of cryo-gloves when, in reality, scale alone makes that hard to fathom how a pair of gloves that can fit on a 16 year old girl would also stop the fiery blast from an 80ft mecha specialized to shoot fire. Another time, the team is ambushed in a junkyard with none of their gear or these gloves by a mecha wandering upon them while they're just kind of scavenging, and despite being off-guard and without any of their standard equipment, it felt like they took it out without any real difficulty from the mech itself (all injuries sustained by interior guards to keep them from sabotaging the mech).
In any case, as said before, there are problems, but as a debut novel, I think it's a good, enjoyable book that I wouldn't mind going back to. And if there is nowhere to go but up for Mikuta, I'm sure Godslayers will hammer out some of these issues for me.