September 16, 2016


OMG this book. I seriously can't wait for you all to read it. Check out my review, and enter to win a copy. Trust me. You want this one.

Metaltown, by Kristen Simmons
Publish Date:
September 20, 2016
Publisher: Tor Teen
Format: ARC, provided by the author and Irish Banana Tours
Genre: young adult dystopian
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Rating: 4.5 STARS

(Synopsis) Metaltown, where factories rule, food is scarce, and hope is in short supply.

The rules of Metaltown are simple: Work hard, keep your head down, and watch your back. You look out for number one, and no one knows that better than Ty. She’s been surviving on the factory line as long as she can remember. But now Ty has Colin. She’s no longer alone; it’s the two of them against the world. That’s something even a town this brutal can’t take away from her. Until it does.

Lena’s future depends on her family’s factory, a beast that demands a ruthless master, and Lena is prepared to be as ruthless as it takes if it means finally proving herself to her father. But when a chance encounter with Colin, a dreamer despite his circumstances, exposes Lena to the consequences of her actions, she’ll risk everything to do what’s right.

In Lena, Ty sees an heiress with a chip on her shoulder. Colin sees something more. In a world of disease and war, tragedy and betrayal, allies and enemies, all three of them must learn that challenging what they thought was true can change all the rules.

An enthralling story of friendship and rebellion, Metaltown will have you believing in the power of hope.

Metaltown is a book that is all about the driving force of hope. Hope can give us strength to make hard decisions and to do thing we wouldn't normally think we have the power to do - all because of the thought that things can be better than they are now. 

Truthfully, I'm not sure things in Metaltown can actually get worse. The divide between the "haves" and the "have-nots" is a mile wide. Those that are "flush" and prosperous get a real home with clothes and food that is safe and clean water. 

Those that are not work in the factories in Metaltown making weapons to supply the Northern Federation during the ongoing, decades-long war with the Eastern Federation. Conditions in the factories are appalling - 16-hour work days, 5-minute breaks, only getting paid periodically and dangerous work conditions. And no choices or hope for anything better. BFFs Colin and Ty report to work every day and do their jobs, and for their efforts Ty has no home and both of them wear rags and never have enough to eat. 

On top of all this, there's a fatal disease going around that is a result of scientists messing around with synthetic corn. Seriously - these people just can't catch a break. 

Metaltown is told from three POVs - Colin, Ty, and the factory owner Lena Hampton. Lena is the one that changes everything. Her efforts to value herself to her tyrant of a father and her evil brother make trouble for Colin and Ty. And that trouble appears to be the straw that breaks the Metaltown workers' backs. They are finally ready to do something about their plight. 

Kristen Simmons is a beautiful writer. Metaltown and the surrounding areas are described in vivid detail. The language evokes real emotions. I could feel Colin's anger at his helplessness to change things, Ty's frustration at Colin's actions and Lena's desperation to do more to make things right. Metaltown was a somber but beautiful book with several twists and turns that kept me guessing and made for an incredibly exciting story. 

ABOUT KRISTEN SIMMONS:Kristen Simmons is the author of the ARTICLE 5 series, THE GLASS ARROW, and the upcoming METALTOWN (Tor Teen). She loves her family, Jazzercise, and chocolate cupcakes. She currently lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Kaitlyn Abshire said...

Loved your review! :) This sounds like it is going to be a really great read!

Danielle H. said...

I love that this author can build a vivid, believable world and that the ending is also really good. This sounds like a unique book for me.

Erin Nation said...

Great review! I really can't wait to read this! Thanks for the giveaway!