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The Dark Unwinding de Sharon Cameron
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The Dark Unwinding (edició 2012)

de Sharon Cameron

Sèrie: Darkwind (1), The Dark Unwinding (1)

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In 1852, when seventeen-year-old Katharine is sent to her family's estate to prove that her uncle is insane, she finds he is an inventor whose work creating ingenious clockwork figures supports hundreds of families, but strange occurences soon have her doubting her own sanity.
Membre:MarilynCarpenter
Títol:The Dark Unwinding
Autors:Sharon Cameron
Informació:Scholastic Press (2012), Hardcover, 336 pages
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If you love YA and you love historical with a slightly steampunk flair, I think you will love this book. The author brings some very unusual and extremely cool elements into both the characters and the plot of this book, which make it intriguing and compelling. I stayed up extremely late last night reading because I just had to know what happened, and usually sleep compels me long before that eventuality. Can't wait for the next in the series! ( )
  sdramsey | Dec 14, 2020 |
(Review edited after second reading--I enjoyed it SO MUCH this go-round!)

Overall I enjoyed this story and I fully intend to read whatever sequels may arrive. I liked the characters (the primary and secondary characters were well fleshed out).

I will add that I found parts of "The Dark Unwinding" to be exquisitely emotional. The anger born from grief, the way the love interest deals with that anger, and the way grief lingers, I found to be particularly resonant. ( )
  whatsmacksaid | Sep 21, 2018 |
I was deeply drawn into this amazing and secret world that Katherine found herself in. Almost immediately I became attached to Uncle Tully and his toys, and completely sympathetic to Katherine and her plight. The dark richness of the grand but decaying house and complex grounds, and the family secrets which came to light all gave vivid depth to the world. An interestingly set teen mystery with a gothic feel and a satisfying resolution, though with an open end that leads to a second book which I'm definitely looking forward to! I definitely recommend to the historical, steampunk, mystery fan.


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  shaunesay | Jun 21, 2017 |
I LOVED this book!! And can't wait to read the next one!! ( )
  pickleroad | Nov 10, 2016 |
I found out about this series when browsing through books from BEA 2013 — where the sequel was being offered as an ARC. For the most part, I just can’t read series out of order (knowingly, at least), so I left it alone and put this book on the to-read list. And yes, 3 years later, I’m just now reading it. Us bibliophiles have a problem with overly long to-read lists, yes?

I have to say that this one gets off to an incredibly slow start. It tries to be too creepy too fast, to the point where I really just didn’t understand what was going on in the first few chapters. Is it trying to be paranormal? Is it trying to be just average-run-of-the-mill creepy? No idea. I think that was the point, but I personally wasn’t into it. By the first 30 pages, I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to get through it, but I powered on, and it turned out to get better. Yay! It also doesn’t help that there seems to be a wide variety of genres used for this book, but by my judgment, it’s more alternate history/gothic than anything. (Especially steampunk — um, what?!) There are so many creep factors to it that it just feels dark the way only gothic books do. Anyway, once the book figures out what its story is supposed to be, it gets pretty good.

One of my favorite things is how the main character, Katharine grows. It happens a little too suddenly, I think, but it is nice to see. Her uncle seems to be on the spectrum of autism in a time when that wasn’t something that was diagnosed, and she recognizes that while he has some difficulties, he’s a really nice person who cares a lot about his friends and family. I think this is a good thing for a middle grade book to bring up, and it’s done beautifully — incredibly subtle, which I appreciated.

The book skims over some of the issues of factories and poverty during the era it’s supposed to take place — I don’t think it goes in depth enough to be used as a companion to any of those topics in the classroom, but it certainly can’t hurt as an outside reading-for-fun suggestion if students seem interested in the ideas.

Overall, this was a fine read. It interested me enough that I want to see if the sequel gets any better, but it’s not something I’d highly recommend people to read. If you happen by it and have some free time, it’s not terrible and it’s kind of quick. I think middle grade readers would kind of enjoy it, but it’s not super amazing. The sequel is now on my to-read list, so I’ll get back to you on how it develops! (Hopefully sooner than 3 years.)

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  sedelia | Apr 13, 2016 |
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