In the alternate science fiction/fantasy reality of steampunk, the world of Victorian England runs solely on horse-drawn carriages, elaborate gears, and pneumatic tubes. Emily Gray delivers the story of 17-year-old Violet Adams, who wants to become part of this inventive world by attending prestigious Illyria College. Unfortunately, the college accepts only men. In a plot Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde would heartily approve of, Violet and her twin brother, Ashton, hatch a plan that combines a little harmless deceit, some cross-dressing, and a few voice lessons to get Violet into the school. Gray narrates with a combination of energy, intelligence, and sweetness to bring this clever examination of nineteenth-century gender roles, class, and culture to life. B.P. 2013 Audies Finalist © AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine [Published: SEPTEMBER 2012]
Library Ed. Recorded Books 2012
CD ISBN 9781464018930 $123.75 Fourteen CDs
DD ISBN 978-1-4640-1896-1 $109.00
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