Two o’clock was missing.
In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.
It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors.
And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve.
But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to Stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever.
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It’s not often that I read steampunk YAs, but I do enjoy watching movies set in Victorian London. Besides, I did enjoy A Darker Shade of Magic, so I thought I might try another novel with the same setting and I’m glad I wasn’t wrong.
Another thing that got me was the LGBT theme and I really enjoyed it! The story was so original that I enjoyed every second of reading.
I also enjoyed the characters, especially Danny, the main character. He was easy to relate to and I was totally rooting for him from the start. His development made his personality really strong, especially given his situation with regards to his family and his job as a mechanic. I also loved the fact that his sexual orientation was established from the start. It actually made me enjoy the story more!
“You’re everything. You’re… You’re chaos and order and everything between. Like sunshine kept back by clouds. Like the entire world’s imploded inside you, but all I see are the stars are sewn into your skin. You’re filled with soft, dark music. I hear it all the time. Your music.”
Colton was straight up adorable and I love his innocence. I guess he was sort of the Rapunzel in the story. His personality and traits were definitely the best thing about him, plus his chemistry with Danny. SWOON!
The only issue I had with this book was that sometimes the narration falls back in pacing. The book actually started slow, I only picked it up around Chapter 5, if I can remember it correctly. Overall though, this book brought a really fresh perspective. It’s original and fascinating! The world-building was one of the best things about the book! I think it’s really perfect for readers who’ve enjoyed Victoria Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic series or Cassandra Clare’s The Infernal Devices.