Gearbreakers by Zoe Hana Mikuta

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Book: Gearbreakers

Author: Zoe Hana Mikuta

Book Series: Gearbreakers Book 1

Rating: 4/5

Diversity: Bisexual Asian inspired MC, Lesbian Asian inspired MC, sapphic romance

Recommended For…: young adult readers, sci-fi, LGBT, queer, dystopian, mechas

Publication Date: June 29, 2021

Genre: YA Sci-Fi Dystopian

Age Relevance:16+ (violence, gore, religion, sexual content, cursing, torture, alcohol consumption, death, parental death, romance)

Explanation of Above: There was a lot of violence, weapons and physical, and gore with blood and some mentions of vomit. There is also a lot of death mentioned, especially parental death. Religion is discussed and mentioned throughout the book. There is some very vague sexual content mentions and torture is mentioned and shown throughout the book. There is a lot of cursing. There is one mention of alcohol consumption. There is some slight romance.

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

Pages: 401

Synopsis: We went past praying to deities and started to build them instead...

The shadow of Godolia’s tyrannical rule is spreading, aided by their giant mechanized weapons known as Windups. War and oppression are everyday constants for the people of the Badlands, who live under the thumb of their cruel Godolia overlords.

Eris Shindanai is a Gearbreaker, a brash young rebel who specializes in taking down Windups from the inside. When one of her missions goes awry and she finds herself in a Godolia prison, Eris meets Sona Steelcrest, a cybernetically enhanced Windup pilot. At first Eris sees Sona as her mortal enemy, but Sona has a secret: She has intentionally infiltrated the Windup program to destroy Godolia from within.

As the clock ticks down to their deadliest mission yet, a direct attack to end Godolia’s reign once and for all, Eris and Sona grow closer–as comrades, friends, and perhaps something more…

Review: For the most part I really liked this book. The book is incredibly action packed and it’s constantly going. The book is multi POV and reminds me a lot of Iron Widow and Crier’s War. The world building is decent and the character development is great. The book has a lot of fun moments in it and it also has some of the most interesting villains I’ve seen in a bit.

However, I was severely confused by the beginning of the book until about halfway through it and I still think that I didn’t fully grasp the concept of it. The book needs a lot more background building and it honestly feels like a book that was supposed to be two books but had to be squeezed into one. It began weirdly and it felt complete at several points mid book.

Verdict: It’s good just confusing.