Book: Toru: Wayfarer Returns – Available on Amazon*
Author: Stephanie R. Sorensen
Who ever realised that a sewing machine could be so important to a steampunk revolution? Well in Japan in 1852, to Toru and his efforts to drag his nation into a world filled with steam engines, babajis, dirigibles, submarines, all designed to fight alongside the samurai to protect against America’s, invasion it was key. This book is a journey through a changing nation, a story of drastic technology changes clashing with old school Japan. A story of gender boundaries being pushed to the limits – and then further still. A story of a nation’s passion to save themselves – but ultimately having to change beyond what they could ever have conceived, underwater boats, and flying ships used to send off enemies, where before through the centuries it was swords and samurai. With Toru at the helm of all the change he is discovering himself, as much as discovering how much his beloved nation can be pushed. But can they change in time? This book is an exciting read, and a beautiful mix of steampunk and Japanese tradition, leading up to a final crescendo. I really enjoyed the unusual approach to a novel set in Japan.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book free for review from NetGalley, but all opinions are entirely my own.
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