Monday, August 17, 2015

ARC Review: Of Dreams and Rust by Sarah Fine

Of Dreams and Rust 
by Sarah Fine

Series: Of Metal and Wishes #2
Genre: YA, historical, steampunk, romance
Published August 4th 2015 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Source: Publisher
Local order/purchase: Fully Booked * National Bookstore

Blurb (Goodreads):
War erupts in this bittersweet sequel to Of Metal and Wishes, inspired by The Phantom of the Opera and called “relentlessly engrossing” by The Romantic Times.

In the year since the collapse of the slaughterhouse where Wen worked as her father’s medical assistant, she’s held all her secrets close. She works in the clinic at the weapons factory and sneaks away to nurse Bo, once the Ghost, now a boy determined to transform himself into a living machine. Their strange, fragile friendship soothes some of the ache of missing Melik, the strong-willed Noor who walked away from Wen all those months ago—but it can’t quell her fears for him.

The Noor are waging a rebellion in the west. When she overhears plans to crush Melik’s people with the powerful war machines created at the factory, Wen makes the painful decision to leave behind all she has known—including Bo—to warn them. But the farther she journeys into the warzone, the more confusing things become. A year of brutality seems to have changed Melik, and Wen has a decision to make about him and his people: How much is she willing to sacrifice to save them from complete annihilation?

My Thoughts:

*This review is based on advanced reading copy. There might be some changes with the finished copy.

I loved Of Metal and Wishes so much it hurts and it hurt more to wait for an entire year for the sequel. Of Dreams and Rust, apart from the outstanding characters and great story-telling, was quite different from the first book. This one was about wars and survival, of friendship and family, of bravery and truce. These things appeared in the book one first but here, it was intensified and emphasized and even more felt.

I was still in awe of Wen's bravery and compassion with people. She might seem heard-headed in some parts of the book but it showed how good her heart is no matter what a person's race is. Despite only half exposures were given to Melik and Bo, I saw the great changes in them. They became fiercer, stronger, passionate, and dangerous. I loved how the events and their love changed them in many ways especially in the ending, although heart-breaking. The love triangle was another thing. Did I told you that this was one of the non-annoying type of love triangle? That this was a pure mixture of love, pain, sorrow, joy, and just raw emotions? It was beautiful and heart-wrenching.

Although intensified and more action-packed, I can't say I liked this better than the first. I fell in love with the mystery and thrill of it (Of Metal) which I didn't found here. Of Dreams and Rust was good and I'm glad I read more from this world. I almost ached in the end, but I'm glad it didn't turned out as I feared.

I've closed this book and felt a pang because I'll miss it, even though I'm just a few feet away from my bookshelf. If you read and loved Of Metal and Wishes like me and haven't read Of Dreams and Rust, what are you waiting for? If you haven't read Of Metal, then, WHY? Please read this duology and experience the back-to-back feels and intense each book has about to give. 

Check out my review on Of Metal and Wishes.

*Thank you so much Simon and Schuster for the review copy in exchange of an honest review!