July 11, 2016 by Zoë
Corinne and Ada are hemopaths, people with a strong aversion to iron and the uncanny ability to cause others to see or feel something that isn’t there. Iron Cast by Destiny Soria follows the two girls as they try to protect the home they have come to know and love. Unfortunately, there is more going on than meets the eye as the nation tips toward prohibition and other changes, bringing the girls along with it.
Diversity! The cast is not comprised of just white characters. Moreover, because this book is historical fiction, racial issues are addressed but they aren’t the main focus of the book. Even better, one of the main characters is a person of color–there isn’t just token diversity here.
The book just didn’t draw me in to its world. I found the idea of hemopathy interesting, but I had trouble with some of the world building. Using the skills that come along with hemopathy has already been banned before the book begins, and yet the girls have little no problems using it all the time. There are illicit bars set up around the idea of giving the public access to hemopathy and the authorities seemed not to truly care. Maybe there was a lot of bribery? I don’t know–it just seemed like there should have been more of a threatened feeling.
Though the characters were somewhat interesting, particularly Ada and Corinne, I still had trouble caring about them. Even when they were in actual danger, I was not terribly concerned for their safety. This book, being about the underground world of Boston, naturally also deals with betrayal; however, I was not at all shocked by the betrayals that occurred and could not really sympathize with Ada and Corinne.
If you want some historical fiction with a healthy dose of fantasy, this book is probably for you. As I said, however, it couldn’t really hold my attention. It does gain extra points for its diverse cast.
“Corinne would have a thousand questions. She would want to figure it out, solve the mystery. Ada didn’t want to know what was happening in the basement though. She wanted to slip back into her comfortable life and forget the asylum even existed.”
I received an electronic copy of this book through NetGalley.