A Rogue Librarian's Reading List

{January 10, 2011}   The Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slade

Plot: When Mr. Socrates finds a grotesquely deformed baby in a freak show, he immediately sees his potential. This precocious child has the power to transform his body. He buys Modo and raises him to be a secret agent. Now the mysterious Clockwork Guild has plans to overthrow the British government. Modo and Mr. Socrates’ agents may be the only ones who can stop them.

This is an exciting steampunk adventure. I had a bit of trouble getting into the story at first but it quickly picks up. Both the technology and the mystery is interesting and I’m curious to read the further plots of the Clockwork Guild.

Modo leaves a little to be desired as a main character. Like his face, his personality seems at times to be malleable, inconsistent. And while his upbringing may explain his childishness, it doesn’t make it interesting.

Slade makes a lot of references to classical litterature (Quasimodo and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, for example) but this seems to serve little purpose except to prove himself well read. Still, it doesn’t hurt the story and while this may not be my favorite book of the year, it is worth reading.

The book trailer says it all:

Challenges: Canadian Ya Challenge (3), The Into the Old World Challenge (2), The Ya Historical Challenge (2)


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