Metaltown by Kristen Simmons

FTC Notice: This book was provided free in exchange for an honest review. This is no way impacts my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

AuthorKristen Simmons
Series: stand-alone
Publish Date: September 20, 2016
Genre: YA Dystopian
Source: Provided by the publisher

Publisher’s DescriptionMetaltown, where factories rule, food is scarce, and hope is in short supply.

The rules of Metaltown are simple: Work hard, keep your head down, and watch your back. You look out for number one, and no one knows that better than Ty. She’s been surviving on the factory line as long as she can remember. But now Ty has Colin. She’s no longer alone; it’s the two of them against the world. That’s something even a town this brutal can’t take away from her. Until it does.

Lena’s future depends on her family’s factory, a beast that demands a ruthless master, and Lena is prepared to be as ruthless as it takes if it means finally proving herself to her father. But when a chance encounter with Colin, a dreamer despite his circumstances, exposes Lena to the consequences of her actions, she’ll risk everything to do what’s right.

In Lena, Ty sees an heiress with a chip on her shoulder. Colin sees something more. In a world of disease and war, tragedy and betrayal, allies and enemies, all three of them must learn that challenging what they thought was true can change all the rules.

An enthralling story of friendship and rebellion, Metaltown will have you believing in the power of hope.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.

Luna_Lovebooks_100Luna Lovebooks says…

Likes: I love this story! It is gritty and raw and in your face! Metaltown mirrors the industrial revolution in which children were considered disposable workers and often did the most dangerous jobs. Ty, Colin and the rest of the small parts division are these workers. They are beautifully written with differing personalities. But the most prominent character is Lena. She is forced to assess the way she was raised and change her opinions and beliefs.

Metaltown itself is an interesting setting. Divided into three districts that show the separation of class, we have Metaltown where the poor live, Bakerstown for middle class, and the River District where the wealthy reside. But no matter where the characters are, the world is at war and many are sick and starving.

badge4v4Dislikes: While the characters are beautifully written, most are one dimensional. There are some dull areas that you have to work through but if you can make it through those, you are rewarded with the action and horror of being a child laborer.

Overall this is a book that will have you rooting for the rebels and hoping for change. I give it 4 gears!

If you like this book…

If you haven’t already, I would check out Kristen Simmon’s other stand-alones such as Glass Arrow or Burned Away (a Metaltown short story) or her Article 5 series. You should also check out The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron and Scythe by Neal Shusterman (Nov. 2016).

FTC Notice: This book was provided free in exchange for an honest review. This is no way impacts my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


About Luna Lovebooks

I love books! I also write in my spare time but due to a crazy life and millions of ideas, I have yet to finish something :/

Posted on September 30, 2016, in Review and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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