Sunstone: A Steampunk Reality by Holly Barbo

I wanted an audiobook to listen to as I exercised. This book on Amazon was a great price, and then adding the audio was an added bonus. I chose this book because of the reference to steampunk in the blurb. I am interested in the punk genre as a whole and wanted to read more.

I chose this book because of the reference to steampunk in the blurb. I am interested in the punk genre as a whole and wanted to read more. At first, I was a little nervous because this world is very unlike the one I know. I struggle reading books where I have to always remember what the new things are. However, after about 5% of the book, I realized that author did a fantastic job of making this imaginative world real and I was not going to need a cheat sheet or glossary to understand all of it. That made it way more enjoyable. And when I am listening to this as I exercise, which I really don’t like exercise, it has to be good.

The characters are solid and well developed. The conflict soon becomes symbolic of what we face in our world today. It moved the story forward. I wanted to keep walking to know what happened next (my dog was a little annoyed by that).

I stumbled on this book and I am glad I did.

Before there was a history, the sun goddess Navora visited a moon within her realm that held primitive ocean life. She dipped her staff of power into the primordial sea and stirred. Pleased with what she had wrought, she departed, not at all troubled that a divine spark had touched two small dying sea creatures.

As centuries pass, life on the moon develops into a geothermal steam-powered industrial age. A triumvirate of politicians, banks and corporations bring strain and suffering to the masses they rule over. Unbeknownst to the people of the moon, there may be help. With the gears of time ever moving and trouble spiraling to a crisis point, can three individuals and a handful of fossils prevent a violent revolution?

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