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Sedition: Children of Erikkson, Book 1 (udgave 2021)

af E. M. Wright (Forfatter)

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Titel:Sedition: Children of Erikkson, Book 1
Forfattere:E. M. Wright (Forfatter)
Info:The Parliament House (2021)
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Sedition (Children of Erikkson Book 1) af E. M. Wright

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I felt this book dealt with a lot of key issues, however, I felt some of the characters were underdeveloped and minorly shallow. Especially Ace: I wanted to hit him a few times!! Regardless although it took a while for me to get into this book, I would recommend it. Make sure to read any TW's first though. ( )
  izzlewizzleee | May 10, 2021 |
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tw racism; slavery; trafficking; implied rape; abuse; ableism

Overall, this was a somewhat compelling read. There’s a lot to unpack in this story about disability, second class citizenship, and systemic oppression. This was a boost and integral part of the story, but also the component that created my greatest unease while reading.

This is an interesting take on steampunk. I’m fairly ambivalent about steampunk in general and there were parts of this imagining that didn’t seem to align with physics and biology., but I consider that part of the territory of steampunk. More importantly, however, there are some very heavy themes present in this work that gave me concern, mentioned below.

The world of Sedition is one where anyone with a physical disability requiring clockwork prosthetics, is bound into servitude. The story involves one such person who has a clockwork arm, Taryn Roft. As the story opens, she appears to be a typical female protagonist, but desperate to keep her clockwork arm secret.

In short, the secret of her nature is discovered, she’s kidnapped by privateers, and taken to a known slave market/hold. During this time, it is revealed that people with prosthetics are not even considered human and, further, that along with a prosthesis, a panel is connected to their brain which can control emotion and mental processing.

Here is where I started to have some issues. Writing about slavery in a fantasy novel is not uncommon, and the author did avoid some pitfalls in that this servitude was not based on race (though there is anti-French language and slurs directed at a character). But I was really uneasy with much of the narrative around the clockwork prosthetics, the control panel, and the dehumanizing of these characters. So, let’s look at this a little bit more. So, the slavery depicted here is chattel slavery. By that, the human slaves are dehumanized to the extent that the oppressors (able-bodied people and the System) do not consider people with prosthetics as human. This is the same slavery system used in the United States, so it will be familiar to those readers. Now, I would be more behind this story if there were something like discussion questions for readers to consider around these topics. The issues of slavery, systemic oppression, ableism, and second-class citizenship are relevant issues to discuss today. It would behoove the author and publisher to include discussion questions to help readers, especially young readers (with inconsistent history lessons in school…) which could help readers unpack the story and connect to modern topics. However, there doesn’t seem to be anything to support readers with this.

So, here is why I find this problematic. Other than the main character, who seems to be programmed to override the emotional and mental programming, the humans with prosthesis, the slaves, have absolutely no agency in this story. This is probably intentional and I so hope that the later novels in this series will bring about some plan (or even deus ex machina) to bring back agency and voice to the humans with clockwork prosthesis/slaves. Writing a novel (especially as a non-BIPOC author) where slaves do not have a voice and agency is a problem. As a white reader, I hope the intent was to make me feel uncomfortable (but again, be intentional about this and push the reader to unpack these issues!). If not, I hope the author/publisher will seek out a sensitivity reader who can help point out problematic language and plot points for the rest of this series.

Overall, it took a little bit for me to get into the story. Aside from my uneasiness, I felt like Ace was not as well rounded so some of his development seemed forced. However I did like that he, as a main character, was forced to reckon with the question of humanity, disability, and slavery. The plot development when the mental/emotional control dampers are explained came across as a gloss rather than an explanation. As such, I felt like this limited Taryn’s voice and agency, which, as stated above, is problematic. She became an unreliable narrator and, to me, this dehumanized her. The ending seemed a little rushed, but I think that is because this is the first novel in the series and the author wanted to entice readers to the next novel. So, I am curious what will happen with the story. I hope there’s more unpacking of the nature of the System and that the main character will be party to tearing down the institution of slavery and this society’s view of disability. ( )
  lac_reads | May 7, 2021 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
I'll spare you the story summary, as you can already read that elsewhere and just provide you my opinions on the book.

Simply put, I enjoyed this book quite a lot. Wright did an excellent job in creating a steampunk world in Victorian England and developing characters that draw you in to the story and keep you engaged. She effectively uses the characters and story to bring attention to some of the social issues we are currently dealing with in our own world, without being confrontational or sacrificing the story to bring those issues to light. Truthfully, I don't know if the story would be as good without these elements in it.

This is obviously just the first installment on a larger story and I look forward to the next installment to see where Wright takes us next. ( )
  snotbottom | May 4, 2021 |
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I enjoyed the heck out of this book by E.M. Wright, Parliament House was kind enough to give me a copy but my opinions are my own. This was different than the usual Steampunk novel and caught my interest right away, the story progressed at a swift pace and held my interest throughout. I would certainly read another book by this author. ( )
  suebaldwin12 | Apr 26, 2021 |
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Steampunk - faux-victoria and all, a young girl finds her past has involved her in dangerous plots and elegant gentleman who may not be the rescuer they seem. The particular fashion of this steampunk is the bio-mechanic, whereby biology cna be replaced by clockwork replacements. Our heroine nearly died in a tragic fire as a babe, and was rescued from the brink of death by a bio-mechnic surgeon who replaced her destroyed arm with a clockwork one that does everything she might wish an ordinary arm to do. She knows nothing else of her childhood and the story picks up with her in Engineering school, one of the few girls - and the only bio-mechanic, as by law and custom all such are required to have mental constructs as well, removing emotion and devolving them to just slaves. She feels no such constraint and doesn't know why she is so different. Of course she is discovered and so ends up discovering how the rest of her 'kind' live.

The thing about steampunk is that it doesn't really make any sense if you stop to think about it, but if you can avoid doing so then it all has a vaguely plausible possibility as if ought to have been possible. The best authors minimize the occurrences that stretch credulity - for me the massive steam-powered engines on an airship were particularly problematic. Small directional engines sure, but the amount of fuel required must mean large steam engines just aren't remotely believable. The main premise of the book that clockwork can be connected to biology is obviously impossible, but actually more acceptable an idea because it's so outrageous it can be accepted as the book's one What-If idea. Sadly the consequences from that don't really stand up - there is considerable confusion is the biomechnics are a different kind or just corrupted people, the emphasis seems to be on the latter but thatthere is no compassion from anyone seems unlikely. The brain dampers don't make any sense, neither practically nor in terms of world-building because these are just people with prosthetic limbs. It's also utterly unclear why despite having all the requite parts prepared an eye replacement fails to work.

The characters are great the plot just about moves along fast enough to glide over any rough patches, and although short sets up for more stories well enough without oo much exposition. However although the world-building is imaginative it fails to be internally consistent well enough to suspend the reader's disbelief. ( )
1 stem reading_fox | Apr 15, 2021 |
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