This book was given to me in consideration for an honest review.
War erupts in this bittersweet sequel to “Of Metal and Wishes”, inspired by The Phantom of the Opera and called “relentlessly engrossing” by The Romantic Times.
In the year since the collapse of the slaughterhouse where Wen worked as her father’s medical assistant, she’s held all her secrets close. She works in the clinic at the weapons factory and sneaks away to nurse Bo, once the Ghost, now a boy determined to transform himself into a living machine. Their strange, fragile friendship soothes some of the ache of missing Melik, the strong-willed Noor who walked away from Wen all those months ago—but it can’t quell her fears for him.
The Noor are waging a rebellion in the west. When she overhears plans to crush Melik’s people with the powerful war machines created at the factory, Wen makes the painful decision to leave behind all she has known—including Bo—to warn them. But the farther she journeys into the warzone, the more confusing things become. A year of brutality seems to have changed Melik, and Wen has a decision to make about him and his people: How much is she willing to sacrifice to save them from complete annihilation?
I really enjoyed Of Metal and Wishes and knew that I’d love this sequel and conclusion. Of Dreams and Rust did not disappoint and I enjoyed it possibly more than the first book.
I felt that the first book had a slower pace than this one because in this installment we venture out of the slaughterhouse. Beyond that Fine has written a few epic battle scenes. They were so eloquently written and vivid I could picture them as if I were watching a movie. Fine’s descriptions are always beautifully done and emotive. I love that not only can I picture what she’s describing but I can feel it too.
Once again we follow Wen’s story. Some time has passed since the last book and she’s been separated from Melik for a long time (a year!). Her heart still yearns for him and he’s never far from her thoughts. She still works with her father and sees Bo daily. Seeing her every day life you could feel the absence Melik had in her world.
Wen’s character has always been strong, courageous and a wonderful in depth character. Her compassion for all types of people and courage really stood out to me. And really…her COURAGE. She hears of war brewing and she decides to leave all she knows and travel into a war-torn land with people considered her people’s enemy. Now, in some books you might read something like that and really wonder about the character’s sanity. It could seem less brave and more idiotic but Sarah Fine wrote her character in such a way you’d never think that. You are 100% rooting for Wen and you can understand exactly why she’s doing what she’s doing.
The romance in this book was swoon-worthy as you would expect but I appreciated that it was in no way easy. There are miscommunications, misunderstanding and everything you’d expect after being separated from someone so long. And I could have used more pages of Wen and Melik interacting.
Bo was less prominent in this novel but the scenes he was in- wow. He really made an impact but I’ll not go into details since I’ll let you experience it on your own. I did find myself not connecting to him as well as I did in the first novel though he was still an intriguing character.
Of Dreams and Rust was beautifully executed, fast paced, epic, and highly emotional. I adored the writing and characters and can’t wait to read Sarah Fine’s next book.