Reading Decathlon – book 10!
Airships of Camelot: The Rise of Arthur
by Robison Wells
genre: teen steampunk
setting: alternate world Rocky Mountains
source: This one I picked up for lots of reasons. First, Arthur. Second, steampunk. Third, Arthur + steampunk. Fourth, the author. Fifth, the cover.
Plot: In an alternate earth, the 1918 flu pandemic killed even more people and hung around. Society broke down and the country fragmented into little fiefdoms, sorta, each controlled by an admiral and his airships. Texas is its own state (of course!) and that’s where all the helium comes from.
Arthur is the son of Admiral Uther, being groomed to take over and fly the premier airships in the fleet, but during a raid one day, he gets separated and left behind with the slavers and the infected. He rescues one of the slaves, a girl his age named Jennifer (get it?) and the two try to make it through the wasteland to – ta-da! – Camelot!
Verdict: So satisfying. All the Arthur figures are there, and you’ll recognize them all. Galahad, the pure and annoying, Lancelot, the powerful and conceited, Merlin, the wise and cryptic, Morgan, beautiful and manipulative. It’s just what you expect, but it feels fresh at the same time. Jennifer and Arthur have several conversations about their way of life, about the raids and technology and the long term purpose of Camelot. There’s really so much more than I can cover in this review, but honestly, it’s so good. This one is the first in a planned series. 4.3 stars.
And with that, I finished by Reading Decathlon! 10 books in 10 days, although I didn’t post them in 10 days. Now I’m listening to The Heir of Novron by Michael J. Sullivan, which I’m loving, and idly reading The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather. I love Cather, but this is not my favorite of her books. Also I have been very depressed lately and when I’m down, I just can’t concentrate on anything too long or serious. maybe now that I’m feeling a little better, I can finish this up. Happy reading!