Author: Gail Carriger
Info: Orbit, copyright 2016, 352 pages
London is in chaos.
Rue and the crew of The Spotted Custard returned from India with revelations that shook the foundations of the scientific community. There is mass political upheaval, the vampires are tetchy, and something is seriously wrong with the local werewolf pack. To top it all off, Rue’s best friend Primrose keeps getting engaged to the most inappropriate military types.
Rue has got personal problems as well. Her vampire father is angry, her werewolf father is crazy, and her obstreperous mother is both. Worst of all, Rue’s beginning to suspect what they all really are… is frightened.
When the Custard is ordered to Egypt, transporting some highly unusual passengers, Rue’s problems go from personal to impossible. Can she get Percy to stop sulking? Will she find the true cause of Primrose’s lovesickness? And what is Quesnel hiding in the boiler room?
You had to figure this review was coming :) It's, unapologetically, my sixth Gail Carriger review of the year. To say I'm a fan would be an understatement. I had to wait for the audiobook because that's how I've been devouring the series, and Moira Quirk is a spectacular narrator. I'd listen to her read just about anything.
There's a lot (and yet not a lot) going on in this latest installment. Rue has turned twenty-one and is officially considered an adult - losing the protection of all of her parents. Lord Conall Maccon, Alpha of the Woolsey Pack, is starting to lose his mind. And Quesnel is hiding a weird tank thing in the boiler room of The Spotted Custard. There's a trip to Egypt. There's a meeting of some old friends and foes. And there's more werecats. I would explain more, but I don't want to give anything away (which is a gentle hint that you should be reading this series if you are not already).
Rue seems to be a little more self-aware than her mother. She is cognizant of her faults, dependent upon her friends far more than her Alexia ever seemed to be, and aware of her imperfections. She's also brazen, confident, and full of spunk. While I enjoy watching her relationship (or education...)with Quesnel blossom, I thought it took up too much time in the plot. The action picked up toward the end, and in pure Carriger fashion, it was a bit chaotic, extremely witty, and intensely entertaining.
I love how Rue has explored exotic locations, befriended exotic people, and has found herself in exotic situations. She doesn't get along with everyone, but has a personality that is endearing and warm. I'd join the crew of The Spotted Custard any day.