Steampunk isn’t a genre everyone loves, I know.
However, I’m going to say that everyone who’s willing should at least check out this book, Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff.
That’s right, it’s Japanese steampunk!
The Shogun’s samurai carry chainsaw katana to enforce his every whim. The country runs on red lotus, a plant that produces everything from mind-numbing drugs to the oil the machines run on.
“The lotus must bloom,” the wealthy say, growing wealthier as the lotus taints the water, poisons the land, fouls the air, and kills the animals. After all, they can afford expensive rebreather masks and goggles to protect themselves.
The Shogun hears a rumor about a stormtiger, a beast thought extinct for generations, and commands his hunt master (with the master’s daughter among the crew) to bring the beast back for him to ride.
I read three-quarters of this book before I could tear myself away. The story is riveting, sweeping you along, hope that things will turn out okay clutched firmly to your heart. And while there’s clearly going to be a sequel, that hope is rewarded.
I highly recommend it if any of the above appeals to you. 🙂