Rosalind Wallace, Rose, has been enjoying the London Season
along with her BFF, Cecily de Vere. Cecily is the
daughter of a wealthy English Lord who is best friends with
Rosalind's father, Alexander Wallace. A telegram arrives
from her father requesting her to return home to America at
once. He further instructs, she is to depart on his new
Transatlantic Express departing from Hamburg to New York in
two weeks. She is to represent the family on the inaugural
voyage. Another of his many publicity stunts, no doubt.
She is used to them and also tired of them. Rose prepares
to tell Cecily of her need to leave for home. Cecily
becomes very emotional and insists on going along with her
and seeks the help of her handsome, older brother, Charles
to act as their chaperone. Nothing would please Rosalind
more as she has grown very fond of Charles and perhaps the
feeling is mutual.
Her father, Alexander Wallace, is a self-made man, making
his fortune building trains, designing railway bridges and
uses his daughter with. the press to show the world his
creations are safe. It is 1908 and although she hates being
his pawn, she has no choice other than to obey his demands.
Arriving at the departure gate for the Transatlantic Express
she is surrounded by reporters once again, answering their
endless questions on her father's behalf.
As she climbed aboard along with the other 100 passengers who
will travel beneath the waves, Charles disappears before
boarding the train. Cecily and her maid are stabbed in
their state room, in a questionable robbery. Who is the
murderer? What is the sinister truth behind the
construction of this railway? The plot is intricate with a
cast of characters, wandering about this opulent train
with three dining cars, a library and a gorgeous arboreal
with flowers and shrubs in First Class. The finale leads me
to believe there will be a sequel to answer the many
unanswered questions. Could it also promise a continuation
of the affection between Rose and Charles, perhap?
THE TRANSATLANTIC CONSPIRACY is my first introduction to
Steampunk. In my research on this topic, I found the word
was added to the Oxford English dictionary only last year.
I found it is about 19th Century
scientific/romantic/historical influence, which is written
brilliantly by G.D. Falksen in his debut novel for young
adult readers. It has everything; political intrigue, class
warfare, tech upheaval, spies, murder, a smattering of
romance. A page-turner for sure. So enjoy and recommend it
to all who enjoy something
different along with lots of Steampunk.
At the dawn of a reimagined 20th century, one girl must
become the reluctant symbol of a new world.
The year is 1908. Seventeen-year-old Rosalind Wallace’s
blissful stay in England with her best friend, Cecily de
Vere, has come to an abrupt end. As a publicity stunt, her
industrialist father has booked Rosalind on the maiden
voyage of his fabulous Transatlantic Express, the world’s
first railroad to travel under the sea—without asking.
Rosalind is furious. But lucky for her, Cecily and her
handsome older brother, Charles, volunteer to accompany her
Fun turns to worry when Charles disappears on the station
platform. To Rosalind’s surprise, Cecily isn’t concerned
about her brother. And when Cecily runs into an old friend
onboard, another belle of the European aristocracy, she
appears to forget about Charles altogether.
Then, deep under the Atlantic, Cecily and her housemaid,
Doris, are found stabbed to death in their state room.
Rosalind is now trapped on the train—where nothing is as it
seems—in a deadly fight to clear herself of her friend’s
murder and to thwart a sinister enemy whose ambitions she
can only imagine.