The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa: The Nevernever: a combination of Neverland and the ever after.
The Iron King was a fun read. I enjoyed it. The only thing that really bothered me was its anti-technology message. I’m sure it was intentional, because there were quite a few obvious signs. One, the bad guy is technology-based and technology-loving. Two, technology is taking over the Nevernever. Three, the protagonist must STOP THIS TECHNOLOGY from eating away the Nevernever, because the world of hopes and dreams is definitely more important than science and progression.
I have to say I disagree with this blatant slam on technology. I like technology. I think it’s necessary. I agree that humans need to keep their whimsical dreams and fantasies, but technology isn’t some dark, sinister thing that’s Taking Over our lives. That’s a Luddite way of thinking.
Anyway, I’m not going to turn this into a rant about how I disagree with the “message” of the story. The main character, Meghan, had a nice strong personality and wasn’t a wimpy heroine. I’ll admit that her “quest” to save her brother was a little far-fetched to me. I don’t have a sibling, but I’m selfish enough to say that I would not take a trip into the Unknown and risk death to save a little brother. I’d get somebody else to do that, seeing as it’s not really a job for a teenager. It’s great that Meghan is courageous and passionate enough to do that, because I sure wouldn’t.
The romantic angle was a little awkward, and I didn’t really see it develop at all, which was disappointing. It was really sudden and random. Sure, the guy may be “devastatingly gorgeous”, but that doesn’t mean he he’s worthy of loving. Because honestly, that’s all he has going for him.
Nonetheless, The Iron King was a fun read. The Nevernever was craftily put together, and I enjoyed being introduced to many different types of fae. I’m not sure I’ll venture onto the sequel when it comes out, but we’ll see.