That Inevitable Victorian Thing
Author: E.K. Johnston
Publication Date: October 3rd, 2017
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Synopsis: Victoria-Margaret is the crown princess of the empire, a direct descendent of Victoria I, the queen who changed the course of history. The imperial tradition of genetically arranged matchmaking will soon guide Margaret into a politically advantageous marriage. But before she does her duty, she’ll have one summer of freedom and privacy in a far corner of empire. Posing as a commoner in Toronto, she meets Helena Marcus, daughter of one of the empire’s greatest placement geneticists, and August Callaghan, the heir to a powerful shipping firm currently besieged by American pirates. In a summer of high-society debutante balls, politically charged tea parties, and romantic country dances, Margaret, Helena, and August discover they share an extraordinary bond and maybe a one-in-a-million chance to have what they want and to change the world in the process.
Set in a near-future world where the British Empire never fell and the United States never rose, That Inevitable Victorian Thing is a surprising, romantic, and thought-provoking story of love, duty, and the small moments that can change people and the world.
For my Bookish Style board for That Inevitable Victorian Thing, I decided to go with a bit of a Gothic Victorian theme.
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The only other book that I’ve read by E.K. Johnston was Exit, Pursued By a Bear back when it first came out. I really liked it, and thought it was such a deep and emotional read, so I had a feeling that the author was going to totally kick butt with That Inevitable Victorian Thing. And guess what? That’s exactly what happened.
This book is just so much fun! I found myself turning pages like crazy, wanting to see what would happen next, and then next after that – all the while completely getting lost in the book. It was the kind of reading experience that I wish I could have with every book. The characters were so much fun and the plot itself was so well written, not to mention the world building going on – I felt like I was completely transported into the same time period as the narrator of the book, and it was awesome.
First of all, that purple cover is freakin’ gorgeous. I mean, I love everything about it, too – the title font, the leaves, and that bright purple that will definitely catch the eye when you are browsing through the bookstore.
The setting for this book was completely interesting – a near future world where the British Empire never actually fell from power, and the United States never got that power over them in return. Coupled with a sassy, awesome main character who doesn’t want to take any nonsense, you can easily fall in love with the entire book.
I love the supporting characters here, too. I feel like they really had a lot to offer instead of just being run of the mill cookie cutter characters, and I really appreciated the time that the author took when writing them.
This book is an awesome tale of girl power, friendship, and standing up for what you believe in – and it’s such a timely and important read in today’s society. I can see so many people falling in love with this one – even those who don’t typically read the genre.
Note: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
E. K. Johnston is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of several YA novels, including the L.A. Time Book Prize finalist The Story of Owen and Star Wars: Ahsoka. Her novel A Thousand Nights was shortlisted for The Governor General’s Award. The New York Times called The Story of Owen “a clever first step in the career of a novelist who, like her troubadour heroine, has many more songs to sing” and in its review of Exit, Pursued by a Bear, The Globe & Mail called Johnston “the Meryl Streep of YA,” with “limitless range.” E. K. Johnston lives in Stratford, Ontario. Follow her on Twitter at @ek_johnston.
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