Review | That Inevitable Victorian Thing- E.K. Johnston

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★★☆☆☆| Two Stars

Victoria-Margaret is the crown princess of the empire, a direct descendant of Victoria I, the queen who changed the course of history two centuries earlier. The imperial practice of genetically arranged matchmaking will soon guide Margaret into a politically advantageous marriage like her mother before her, but before she does her duty, she’ll have one summer incognito in a far corner of empire. In Toronto, she meets Helena Marcus, daughter of one of the empire’s greatest placement geneticists, and August Callaghan, the heir apparent to a powerful shipping firm currently besieged by American pirates. In a summer of high-society debutante balls, politically charged tea parties, and romantic country dances, Margaret, Helena, and August discover they share an unusual bond and maybe a one in a million chance to have what they want and to change the world in the process —just like the first Queen Victoria.

  • The whole thing felt like reading a Jane Austen novel. I don’t like Jane Austen.
  • I didn’t find myself rooting for any of the characters in their various romantic endeavors.
  • But, what bothered me most is that it wraps up too neatly with everyone getting pretty much what they want.
  • They’re all goal-less as well.
  • Nothing requires a fast reaction time. The stakes are so low it’s hard to care and half the book is them thinking about what to do. Or rather, thinking about not thinking about it so that they can enjoy their summer.
  • The whole world remained vague and didn’t make sense to me. It’s near future, but if the past was different. But, even if the modifications to history did happen, I don’t believe that the future would remain so caught up in Victorian cultures and practices.

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