Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Review: Metaltown by Kristen Simmons

From Goodreads: The rules of Metaltown are simple: Work hard, keep your head down, and watch your back. You look out for number one, and no one knows that better than Ty. She’s been surviving on the factory line as long as she can remember. But now Ty has Colin. She’s no longer alone; it’s the two of them against the world. That’s something even a town this brutal can’t take away from her. Until it does. Lena’s future depends on her family’s factory, a beast that demands a ruthless master, and Lena is prepared to be as ruthless as it takes if it means finally proving herself to her father. But when a chance encounter with Colin, a dreamer despite his circumstances, exposes Lena to the consequences of her actions, she’ll risk everything to do what’s right. In Lena, Ty sees an heiress with a chip on her shoulder. Colin sees something more. In a world of disease and war, tragedy and betrayal, allies and enemies, all three of them must learn that challenging what they thought was true can change all the rules.

My Rating: 3 hearts 

Thoughts on the Novel: Metaltown by Kristen Simmons was a book I was attracted to due to the steampunkish vibe I got from the cover. I also loved the premise, but the worldbuilding could definitely have been expanded upon. The gist is clear – a world that depends on child labour, contains a scarcity of food and clean water, and is suffering from a war – but there’s a serious lack of other details, making the setting in Metaltown hard to imagine visually.

More attention was given to the romance instead, which thankfully never turned into a love triangle since Ty’s feelings for Colin were never reciprocated. As for the characters, I wasn’t completely thrilled with either Colin or Lena because Colin seemed to ditch Ty once he met Lena and I felt like Lena only fell for Colin because he was the first guy to be nice to her. Ty was the most interesting out of the three so it was maddening to see how things ended for her after there was so much buildup with her importance.

Metaltown was released in September 2016 by Tor Teen. 

Comments About the Cover: Even though the cover seems to give off a steampunk vibe, the book itself is more of a dystopian novel.


  1. I'm interested in this one but it does sound too dark to read right now. Glad there is no love triangle.

  2. This was a weird one for me. I mean, it's a good weird but definitely took a lot to get used to. I was glad, too that the love triangle didn't happen. :D

  3. Why must books with so much potential focus on the romance so much :/ Romance is best enjoyed as a side plot unless I'm reading a fluffy contemporary or something purely for romance.

  4. I don't think I have ever read a single steampunk novel. This doesn't sound like something I would like. I need a lot of world building if I'm going to sway from my comfort zone.

  5. Hmm I wonder if this one is getting a sequel or is it a standalone? Because it sounds like it is lacking in resolution wrt the world building and character relations. Yeah, I'll probably skip this - nice thoughtful review though.

  6. Sigh. I'm tired of books being overtaken by romances. I'm glad it wasn't too bad though. I like the premise!


  7. The cover does give off steampunk vibe. Would've liked this to be one too since it's been so long since I've read steampunk. I'm a bit so-so on that romance but since there's no love triangle, I think I can live with it. :)


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