Narrator: T. Anthony Quinn
Series: The Great Iron War #1
on 20 November 2015
Length: 5 hr and 39 min
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Source: Author, Submitted
In the world of Altadas, there are no more human births. The Regime is replacing the unborn with demons, while the Resistance is trying to destroy a drug called Hope that the demons need to survive.
Between these two warring factions lies Jacob, a man who profits from smuggling contraceptive amulets into the city of Blackout. He cares little about the Great Iron War, but a chance capture, and an even more accidental rescue, embroils him in a plot to starve the Regime from power.
When Hope is an enemy, Jacob finds it harder than he thought to remain indifferent. When the Resistance opts to field its experimental landship, the Hopebreaker, the world may find that one victory does not win a war.
©2014 Dean F. Wilson (P)2015 Dean F. Wilson
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Hopebreaker by Dean F. Wilson is the first in a series called The Great Iron Wars. It is a steampunk dystopian novel with a bit of science fiction mixed in. On the world of Altadas, a demon invasion led to a takeover of the human race. Instead of birthing normal human children now humans only have demon children. Jacob is a smuggler of amulets that can protect women from becoming pregnant. When Jacob is caught, he falls in with the resistance attempting to force these demons to leave Altadas. Jacob must prove his trustworthiness and help with an attempt to weaken the demons.
I think this novel had a lot of potential. The plot for the most part is interesting with a lot of highs and lows as the story develops. There is a lot of action that moves the plot forward. I really enjoyed the beginning and the friendship between the smuggler, Jacob, and child prisoner, Whistler. There was definitely a steampunk blended into the details of the story, which was nice. Unfortunately, as the story developed, I found that the characters did not. They remained flat and became inconsistent. I formed an impression of the Jacob at the beginning of the novel and he seemed to contradict that time and time again with his actions. It also felt like the middle of the novel was a bit disconnected from the beginning and the end. The relationship between Jacob and Whistler loses importances for the majority of the novel. Unfortunately, there were also numerous ideas introduced without much follow through. There are hints about a big mystery at the beginning, which is completely ignored until the end of the novel. There is a second big mystery that was implied and never revisited. Perhaps this will reappear in a future novel, but there were no hints throughout to keep the mystery alive. Personally, I didn’t find the battle scenes to be engrossing, but that is probably because I didn’t connect with the characters, personally.
The narration by T Anthony Quinn was good. He infused accents into the characters, which didn’t seem to have any basis in the story, but it was nice touch. The production quality was good as well. I would recommend this novel to someone looking for a steampunk novel about fighting against an unjust ruling party.