Lately I’ve been hearing a lot about Steampunk books. What is Steampunk (besides a really cool word)? Steampunk books are books that take place in the past, like before we had cars and electricity, when people used steam power. That’s the “steam” in Steampunk. But the “punk” part is that these books have a fantasy element to them, something that could never actually happen in that time. So they are basically really cool fantasy or science fiction books that take place in the past.
Here are some of my favorite Steampunk books:
Larklight by Phillip Reeve
An old-fashioned British Victorian family lives a normal old fashioned British Victorian life — except they live in a suburb of the Moon.
Death Collector by Justin Richards
A curator from the British Museum tries to stop a madman determined to reanimate the dead, both human and dinosaur.
Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pierson
A prequel to the story of Peter Pan, this book is about Peter and a group of orphans sailing to a foreign country where they will become slaves. Their destiny changes when Peter discovers that their ship is carrying the most magical treasure on earth.
Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos by R. L. LaFevers
Theodosia must reverse the black magic that only she can see in the ancient artifacts that her archaeologist parents bring back from Egypt.
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
It’s hard to say if this book really takes place in the past because the time period is not defined. But I think it’s safe to say it is definitely not present day, and definitely fantasy. Accompanied by her daemon, Lyra sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North.
Have you read any Steampunk books? What are YOUR favorites?
— Sonja, STACKS Staffer