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  • Hardcover
  • 354
  • The Peculiars
  • Maureen Doyle McQuerry
  • English
  • 17 February 2019
  • 9781419701788

10 thoughts on “The Peculiars

  1. says:

    Warning there will be spoilers in this review but most are minor I will mark the major spoiler in a spoiler tag Hmm So this is what steampunk is It doesn’t seem any different than any other genres other than the

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    Original review posted on The Book SmugglersLena Mattacascar is a deeply troubled young woman whose father disappeared when she was young Born with elongated hands and feet she OFTEN often wonders are these signs of Goblinism Is she then one of those Peculiar people Do they even exist Was her father really a Goblin as her grandmother likes to say If so is she destined to be a wicked wicked girl since Peculiars are said to have no

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    Actual rating four and a half starsThe peculiars is the story of a young woman named Lena who is or less flawed both physically and

  5. says:

    I’m a big fan of the steampunk genre I love all the cool gadgets and contraptions It was with great anticipation that I picked up this book Set in the late 1880’s the Peculiars had that uirky Victorian feel As for the steampunk elements aside from a horseless carriage they really didn’t make much of an appearance until about Chapter 9The Peculiars is the story of Lena Matascar a young woman with strange hands and f

  6. says:

    355 starsIn The Peculiars Mcuerry has created a fascinating steampunk alternate history of the American western frontier In this new time line some people are born with genetic abnormalities like wings or elongated hands and feet Rumors abound about a strange land to the north – a land filled with vast natura

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    25 starsThe Peculiars is what I would call prematurely published It's always very unfortunate when someone allows this to happen It's an interesting idea for a world but the author seems to lack an actual interesting story to put in the worldInstead what you get is a book that spends nearly half of it's time pr

  8. says:

    Well the Steampunk genre seems to be the next trend in YA fiction I find the concept of a lot of these books fascinating but

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    I had to force myself to finish this There just wasn't enough oomph in the story to keep me interestedThe premise sounds good but the reality of the plot wasn't my cuppa Lena thinks she may be a Peculiar because she has really loooong hands and feet Her feet have soft suishy soles and her fingers have an extra knuckle Sorry but that sounds grossEvidently people are just starting to find out about the existence of Peculiars and th

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    This dark and thrilling adventure with an unforgettable heroine will captivate fans of steampunk fantasy and romance On her 18th birthday Lena Mattacascar decides to search for her father who disappeared into the northern wilderness of Scree when Lena was young Scree is inhabited by Peculiars people whose unusual characteristics make them unacceptable to modern society Lena wonders if her father is the source of her own extraordinary char

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Maureen Doyle McQuerry ☆ 8 Summary

The Peculiars

Haracteristics and if she too is Peculiar On the train she meets a young librarian Jimson uiggley who is traveling to a town on the edge of Scree to work in the home and library of the inventor Mr Beasley The train is stopped by men being chased by the handsome young marshal Thomas Saltre When Saltre learns who Lena’s I m a big fan of the steampunk genre I love all the cool gadgets and contraptions It was with great anticipation that I picked up this book Set in the late 1880 s the Peculiars had that uirky Victorian feel As for the steampunk elements aside from a horseless carriage they really didn t make much of an appearance until about Chapter 9The Peculiars is the story of Lena Matascar a young woman with strange hands and feet Lena is leaving her home to travel north in search of her estranged father She travels by train to the seaside town of Knob Koster where she plans to hire a guide to take her further north to Scree On board the train she meets Jimson uiggley who is also heading to Knob Koster to work as a librarian for Tobias BeasleyAfter some unforeseen circumstances Lena ends up in Tobias home as an assistant to Jimson Tobias home named Zephyr House is a whimsical place There are a wealth of steampunk contraptions and inventions lots of clockwork brass and gears Finally some steampunk His library is full of fascinating artifacts and manuals Lena fits in uite nicely in the household and enjoys her new jobLena is contacted by the local marshal Thomas Saltre who has been investigating Beasley for some time She agrees to spy on Beasley and reports on him to the marshall I found Lena s character kind of bland and na ve She was easily manipulated by others and her insecurities grated on my nerves It was hard to relate to her character or even feel sympathetic to her plight She is so concerned that she may be a Peculiar that she goes to great lengths to hide her hands and feet yet she is ready to spy on others who may be harboring PeculiarsWhat exactly is a Peculiar Peculiars are people who are born with specific birth defects such as wings or strange hands and feet among other things In this world Peculiars are second class citizens with absolutely no rights They are shipped off to work the mines of Scree Oh and it is believed that they are soulless Lena s particular form of Peculiar is goblinism She is part goblinAs a young adult novel I found the pacing of this book to be excruciatingly slow There were moments of excitement then the narrative slowed down It felt like too much time was spent detailing the mundane everyday things punctuated by clever conversation I would have liked to have learned about the Peculiars and how they came to be and about their world The author did do a lot of research and I especially enjoyed the factfiction list at the end of the book I found the notes on the various types of devices fascinating While this book was not for me I am sure it will find some fans in the young adult reading world will enjoy this novel Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a review copy of this bookReview posted on Badass Book Reviews

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On her 18th birthday Lena Mattacascar decides to search for her father who disappeared into the northern wilderness of Scree when Lena was young Scree is inhabited by Peculiars people whose unusual characteristics make them unacceptable to modern society Lena wonders if her father is the source of her own extraordinary c Original review posted on The Book SmugglersLena Mattacascar is a deeply troubled young woman whose father disappeared when she was young Born with elongated hands and feet she OFTEN often wonders are these signs of Goblinism Is she then one of those Peculiar people Do they even exist Was her father really a Goblin as her grandmother likes to say If so is she destined to be a wicked wicked girl since Peculiars are said to have no soulOn her 18th Birthday she is given a letter written by her father and decides to travel on her own to the northern wilderness of Scree a place where Peculiars are said to inhabit in search of answers On the way there she meets a young librarian Jimson uiggley who is to work for the recluse inventor Mr Beasley But then her purse and her money are stolen and she finds herself connected to the young marshall Thomas Saltre who makes an offer she can t refuse spy on the aforementioned Mr Beasley what a coincidence and find out the strange goings on at his Zephir House and he will in return help her get to Scree But Mr Beasley turns out to be a kind man who offers her a job and Lena is then troubled than neverThere is much I have to say about The Peculiars but unfortunately none of it is actually goodLet me start by addressing the notion that this is Steampunk as per the blurb The Peculiars is not even remotely a Steampunk novel There are a couple of innovative inventions created by Mr Beasley and mention of Zeppelins but these are not widespread enough to make it an effective part of the worldbuilding at all Steampunk to me means that not only a world has these developed technological elements but they also must affect the world at large and the people who live in it As I keep repeating whenever I see the label carelessly attached to just about any book with a dirigible dirigibles do not Steampunk makeThat said the premise of The Peculiars is interesting and at its heart this is a coming of age novel in which its protagonist realises that yes she is a Peculiar and that Peculiars are not soulless monsters It very much aims to address the problem of nature x nurture the uestion of prejudice and its messages are important ones everybody is eual your actions count in the end etc The potential for a great story is there but unfortunately this was done with no subtlety at all Things are basically hammered all the way through The main problem though is how despite the presence of a positive overall message the way in which this is conveyed and ultimately executed made me uneasy For example the Peculiars are just like everybody but they underwent mutations and there is some talk of Darwin in the story and this is ok because Lena and Jimson find A Book which is hinted to be a religious Book which shows what seems to be the first man and woman with a baby who is a Goblin So that s how you see that being a Peculiar is ok because it is in The Book But that s just for whites and Peculiars though if you are say Asian you are unlucky Take this uote from our heroine He was an Asian in a buckskin jacket and he had a pale scar running the length of one cheek Lena who had never seen anyone from Asia up close before suddenly remembered Nana Crane s warnings about the dark alleys of Chinatown and young girls sold into white slaveryWhat am I supposed to take from this OK Nana Crane is not exactly a perfect person but this thought belongs to the heroine and there is no counterpoint to this point of view at all in the book Zero nadaFurther another thing that makes me uneasy is the ultimate resolution to one of Lena s problems You see in this world Peculiars are not considered full class citizens they can only shop at certain times they are persecuted as different they are sent to Scree to work in mines and they are not allowed to own property Lena s father has left her a deed to a mine but in the end she decides to pass the mine s ownership to a non Peculiar man because that would solve her problems and help a bunch of Peculiars I have no problem with this resolution in principle as if written well this could prove to be a moment of great conflict for the heroine and for the Peculiars emphasising the crap conditions in which they live and the fact that they have not much of a choice But our heroine is EXALTED for carrying on with this action because it is for the greater good or some such thing and it proves once and for all that she has a soul and is a good person There is no uestioning about the implications of this act at all the person who has no rights who is considered second class citizen depends wholly and completely on the male white character for her very survival and she is EXALTED for taking that course of action As Mr Beasley is exalted for helping her he also helps other Peculiars by operating on them removing their wings for exampleWhich brings me to how Lena is basically an Excepto girl as coined by Book Gazing Even though she is always down on herself because she is SO different from other girls and doesn t follow normal womanhood her romantic interest repeats all the time how uniue and awesome she is because she is so different and therefore better than other girls The book is punctuated with problematic things like girls aren t generally interested in these things and she is not an ordinary girl who talks about marriage and clothes She is not a normal woman because a normal woman would never relish sleeping in her clothes or flying in a homemade contraption Being brave is also not desirable in women no lady would ever whistle women are sympathetic to those in need and so on and so forthIn the end she embraces her peculiarities but not because they are all eually positive aspects of womanhood but because they make her specialAdd to that the fact that the plotting is so contrived and the narrative itself uneven at the start there are flashbacks and memories in first person and then they just disappear completely from the narrative and you just have a mess of a book I wish I hadn t wasted my time reading

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Father is he convinces her to spy on Mr Beasley and the strange folk who disappear into his home Zephyr House A daring escape in an aerocopter leads Lena into the wilds of Scree to confront her deepest fears This dark and thrilling adventure with an unforgettable heroine will captivate fans of steampunk fantasy and roman Well the Steampunk genre seems to be the next trend in YA fiction I find the concept of a lot of these books fascinating but I m not sure if they re really going to be my kind of thing I was very intrigued by The Peculiars I loved the awesome cover and the premise sounded different and interesting I definitely haven t read many books like this so have nothing to compare it with But really I didn t find this one all that impressive It wasn t bad but was missing that extra spark for meIt started off so well It s not exactly a very uick read but I still flew threw the first half of it I was so into this world and the characters I loved all the little inventions and I couldn t wait to find out about The Peculiars and Lena s real past I liked Lena a lot I could empathise with her easily and could understand why she made the decisions she did It s only natural to want to find out your own history and where you come from At the beginning when she loses her bag I was freaking out right along with her The second half didn t uite keep up the greatness thoughIt was just too slow for me I kept waiting and waiting for awesome things to happen but they didn t really Things did happen but very slowly There was so much description about every event that my interest was lost in what was actually happening Just too much detail about how Lena was putting on her gloves and stuff like that It just disrupted the flow The end was too anti climatic for my liking as I felt it had been building up to something All in all The Peculiars was okay I genuinely loved many parts of it and Jimson was by far my favourite character in the book But as a whole I didn t love it and felt it could have been so much better I d still recommend it to anyone interested in checking out the genre


About the Author: Maureen Doyle McQuerry

All of my books have an element of mystery and magic even the realistic stories And as a friend pointed out there is a library in every one of them It must be because libraries have always been magical places for me Maureen Mcuerry is an award winning poet novelist and teacher Her YA novel The Peculiars AbramsAmulet 2012 is an ALA Best Book for Young Adult Readers 2013 Bank Street and