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The Marvelous Adventures Of Gwendolyn Gray

The Marvelous Adventures Of Gwendolyn Gray, May 2018
by B.A. Williamson

Jolly Fish Press
Featuring: Gwendolyn; Sparrow; Starling
300 pages
ISBN: 1631631721
EAN: 9781631631726
Kindle: B07CYP7XMH
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"A YA steampunk heroine escapes a world of gray"

Fresh Fiction Review

The Marvelous Adventures Of Gwendolyn Gray
B.A. Williamson

Reviewed by Clare O'Beara
Posted August 8, 2018

Fantasy | Young Adult Fantasy

Gwendolyn, aged twelve, lives in a city which is concrete and steel, glass and gray. Most of her world is gray, except her red hair. So her marvelous imagination is her refuge, conjuring up leafy, wild worlds for her to run and play in... but this doesn't go down well on the bullet train, or in school. Young adults who find life can be boring and closed in, will enjoy THE MARVELOUS ADVENTURES OF GWENDOLYN GRAY, as our heroine, trying to be good, somehow causes trouble.

The Lambents are devices for teaching. Pupils stare into the Lambent and get taught what they need to know. But Gwen doesn't like the bright light, which gives her headaches, so she just reads and draws. She starts to notice suspicious happenings. Kids who use the Lambents forget things that occurred that day. They forget a girl who was taken out of class. Pity the bullies never forget to pick on Gwen. And they don't believe what she tells them. Trying to escape, Gwen takes a long train ride, right to the edge of the automated factories, to the border of the City. Nobody goes here. Whatever she finds, it's bound to get her into more trouble.

The ensuing escapades are like The Matrix crossed with Stardust as some wondrous inventions are all that save Gwen and two inventive kids, Sparrow and Starling, from faceless gray men. One thing for sure, your vocabulary will increase while reading this steampunky book. Gwen travels in a bathysphere and boards a pirate airship called Lucrative Endeavour, expanding the locations and characters, while fleeing a horror. This is an exciting read with great variation.

B.A. Williamson is a father and a teacher, and is a recipient of the Eli Lilly Teacher Creativity Fellowship. He has imagined the kind of school he really doesn't like and turned events around to a way he does like. His story is full of movement and choices, rigidity contrasted with change. Trust in the power of imagination and the future it will bring. THE MARVELOUS ADVENTURES OF GWENDOLYN GRAY is suitable for YA readers from ten to teenage. I think it's just right for reading under the covers.

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The Marvelous Adventures of Gwendolyn Gray is part fantasy, part dystopia, part steampunk, and all imagination as dreamer Gwendolyn evades thought police, enters a whimsical world, befriends world-jumping explorers and ragtag airship pirates, and fights the evil threatening to erase the new world she loves and her old world that never wanted her.

Gwendolyn Gray faces an overwhelming battle every day: keeping her imagination under control. It’s a struggle for a dreamer like Gwendolyn, in a city of identical gray skyscrapers, clouds that never clear, and grown-ups who never understand. But when her daydreams come alive and run amok in The City, the struggle to control them becomes as real as the furry creatures infesting her bedroom. Worse yet, she’s drawn the attention of the Faceless Gentlemen, who want to preserve order in The City by erasing Gwendolyn and her troublesome creations. With the help of two explorers from another world, Gwendolyn escapes and finds herself in a land of clockwork inventions and colorful creations. Now Gwendolyn must harness her powers and, with a gang of airship pirates, stop the Faceless Gentlemen from destroying the new world she loves and the home that never wanted her—before every world becomes gray and dull.

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