Must Read Challenge: Clockwork Lives

Hey, you! Yes, you. I’m challenging you to read Clockwork Lives. Reserve it at the library, download it on your Kindle, do whatever you can to get it in your possession. Okay, you’re probably thinking I’m a little crazy right now. Maybe I am… Maybe this book has made me a little crazy. I’ll back up a little, and explain why I’m so anxious to get you to read this wonderful book. I checked out Clockwork Lives from the library a couple weeks ago, on a whim. To be honest, I just really loved the cover. I know, superficial, right? Goes against the whole “Don’t judge a book by the cover,” blah blah blah. But come on, look at this!

Here is the back cover summary, to give you the general idea about the book:

 Marinda Peake is a woman with a quiet, perfect life in a small village; she long ago gave up on her dreams and ambitions to take care of her ailing father, an alchemist and an inventor. When he dies, he gives Marinda a mysterious inheritance: a blank book that she must fill with other people s stories and ultimately her own. “Clockwork Lives” is a steampunk “Canterbury Tales,” and much more, as Marinda strives to change her life from a mere sentence or two to a true epic.”

Okay, so you get the gist of the plot. Marinda has to fill a book with other people’s life stories, and learns lessons along the way. It’s a simple enough plot, but it is executed flawlessly. It is one of those rare books that immerses you while you are reading it, but challenges you when you are finished.

Even though I checked out the book a couple weeks ago, I didn’t start reading it until yesterday. I brought along with me to a doctor’s appointment, and started it in the waiting room. By the time my name was called, I was hooked. You see, the book lets you read the life stories that Marinda collects. Each story is so well crafted; they each affected me in some way. I felt the stories. After reading one, I had to close the book for a few minutes, and mull it over. I couldn’t just move on to the next story; I had to ride out the wave of raw emotion.

There was also an element to the story that really made me think about my own life. A recurring theme in the book is “Some lives can be summed up in a sentence or two. Other lives are epics.” I thought long and hard about what a story about my life would be like. This book gave me the resolve to make sure my life is a memorable one. This is why I want you to read Clockwork Lives. It will challenge you to think about your life, and whether you are happy with where you are.

So please, please, check out this book. When you read it, or if you have already read it, tell me what you thought of it!



3 thoughts on “Must Read Challenge: Clockwork Lives

  1. Bridget Lachner says:

    Hi! Great review! I don’t know if you knew this already, but this book is directly related to the Rush Album “Clockwork Angels” which also inspired the prequel to Clockwork Lives.

    There are a ton of references to their songs in it, like the Watchmaker’s Dalmatian alluding to the album cover of “Signals”, and the title of

    Neil Peart is the drummer for Rush, and I’ve always appreciated how eccentric and interesting he is.

    Thanks for bringing this awesome book out there!


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