Publication Date: September 20, 2016
Publisher: Tor Teen
Goodreads Rating: 4/5 Stars
Why I Picked This Up: I LOVED Kristen Simmons The Glass Arrow and was so looking forward to more from her plus it’s another Standalone! THANK YOU! 😉
Metaltown, 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.
Kristen Simmons likes gritty, dark, brutal books and I appreciate the way she writes them. They are brilliant! This is another one where she brings harsh circumstances to life and it was well done.
The world building for me gave a sort of steampunk and industrial feel sort of like North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell, it just seemed like there was no sun, just dank, ash, and dirty. It was perfect as a set up for what she wanted to convey.
We have Ty an orphan whose face is deformed. Blinded by acid she is scared and even has a crooked tooth. I enjoy some imperfections in my characters. She has and has had a hard life. Her best friend more like a brother but with an undertone of a crush is Colin.Both work in Small Parts where they build the fuses for bombs and as they are young they don’t get paid well or what they should for the hours that they work. It brings to mind the times of child labor, where they die due to accidents and the atmosphere. But without work you die. I liked Ty a lot she was a good strong character, I enjoyed the mystery that surrounded her past and I loved the shock factors that came into play with this character.
Colin- You just feel bad for Colin, doing all he can to survive and help his mom. You know those gray areas in life that given certain circumstances you would probably do but when your not in those circumstances you wouldn’t? Well that’s life for Colin. Due to a Brotherhood which is an organization (that to me sounds like a corrupt union) which is run by a guy named Jed, who’s supposed to be working for the people, but when someone get hurt or is sick he helps them out for part of their wages then holds it against them or over their heads. Well, Colin gets mixed up in that in order to help his mother…
Then we have Lena- Trying to be more than she is, trying to not settle with what life gives her wants to know more about the family business. That is when things are reveals and she realizes how ignorant she is. I had a hard time liking her because she seemed like the spoiled brat she was but is that exactly her fault? I would say no, she didn’t know any better but when she realizes how things really are she does all she can to change that.
This isn’t a romance story, this is hard life, hard things to deal with and it IS about friendship, about change and love but it is not a romance story. There is an undertone of romance which I really like and there is a hint of love triangle but again this story isn’t about that, it’s just a part of the story and completely understandable.
Overall I really enjoyed this story and totally think it’s worth reading.
Sexual Content: mild