In the world of Altadas, there are no more human births. The Regime is replacing the unborn with demons, while the Resistance is trying to destroy a drug called Hope that the demons need to survive.
Between these two warring factions lies Jacob, a man who profits from smuggling contraceptive amulets into the city of Blackout. He cares little about the Great Iron War, but a chance capture, and an even more accidental rescue, embroils him in a plot to starve the Regime from power.
When Hope is an enemy, Jacob finds it harder than he thought to remain indifferent. When the Resistance opts to field its experimental landship, the Hopebreaker, the world may find that one victory does not win a war.
My Review: Steampunk, war, and thrilling intrigue are just a few elements that make up the novel Hopebreaker by Dean F. Wilson. For me this was not the usual steampunk that I enjoy, however, it is still a great read and definitely a new flavor of the genre that I enjoy so much. The novel centers around our anti-hero and smuggler Jacob. Jacob is ruled by his love for the almighty coil (this dystopian world’s monetary unit). However, things begin to change for him after he gets caught in a deal gone bad and thrown into a prison cell with Whistler. He struggles to find a balance between his old life as a coil hungry smuggler and a new one as a somewhat unwilling participant in the Resistance movement. Whistler, as one of the Last (the last human children born before the demons took over) has the biggest influence over Jacob and has become his new moral compass and companion. I can’t wait to see what further adventures Jacob and the gang have in book two of the series, Lifemaker. According to the information at the back of this book it is due out March, 2015
Dean F. Wilson was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1987. He started writing at age 11, when he began his first (unpublished) novel, entitled The Power Source. He won a TAP Educational Award from Trinity College Dublin for an early draft of The Call of Agon (then called Protos Mythos) in 2001.
He has published a number of poems and short stories over the years, while working on and reworking some of his novels. The Call of Agon is his first published novel.
Dean also works as a journalist, primarily in the field of technology. He has written for TechEye, Thinq, V3, VR-Zone, ITProPortal, TechRadar Pro and The Inquirer.
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