Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy/Other
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Source: The library.
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Goodreads Summary: 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?
Of Dreams of Rust is the sequel to Of Metal and Wishes. I really liked the first book, but I wasn't blown away. When I read Of Dreams and Rust, I was completely blown away!
Of Dreams and Rust has everything in a book that I love. It has a lot of action, romance, suspense, interesting characters, a blurred line between good and bad, unique war machinery, and beautiful writing. You can see why it blew me away.
While I only just liked Wen originally, I grew to freaking love her in this book. She is fiercely strong and wonderfully came into her own. I wasn't a fan of Bo in the first book, but he too continued to grow and surprise me. Melik is still strong and kind and hard when needed. I enjoyed reading about all three of these characters.
After you get through the first couple of chapters the pacing of the book is incredibly fast, and I loved it! I didn't want to stop reading once I started. It was nail biting, ugly, dark, beautiful, and crazy. I am just so glad that the emotional roller coaster ride concluded with a satisfying ending. This unique novel shouldn't be passed up. My only complaint is that I think the book could have been a little longer, it was a little short at only 280 pages.
Sarah Fine is an author you don't want to miss out on! She really knows how to write some astonishingly beautiful and dark pieces of fiction.