Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Summary from GoodReads
There are whispers of a
ghost in the slaughterhouse where sixteen-year-old Wen assists her
father in his medical clinic—a ghost who grants wishes to those who need
them most. When one of the Noor, men hired as cheap factory labor,
humiliates Wen, she makes an impulsive wish of her own, and the Ghost
grants it. Brutally.
Guilt-ridden, Wen befriends the Noor,
including their outspoken leader, a young man named Melik. At the same
time, she is lured by the mystery of the Ghost and learns he has been
watching her... for a very long time.
As deadly accidents fuel
tensions within the factory, Wen must confront her growing feelings for
Melik, who is enraged at the sadistic factory bosses and the prejudice
faced by his people at the hand of Wen’s, and her need to appease the
Ghost, who is determined to protect her against any threat—real or
imagined. She must decide whom she can trust, because as her heart is
torn, the factory is exploding around her... and she might go down with
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I first stumbled upon Sarah Fine after reading Alicia's (from Addicted Readers) review on Sanctum. When I finished that series I was left raw with emotion and seriously addicted to Sarah's writing.
Then, "Of Metal and Wishes" came. Some words flickered on my mind when I read the summary. "Steampunk", "retelling", "Phantom of the Opera"! Especially for the last one you must know that I am a crazy fan.
Set in a Chinese background into a slaughterhouse, where bosses, prejudice against other clans and a strange Ghost rule, Wen, the doctor's daughter tries to come in terms with her mother's death and the people living and working in the factory.
When Melik, a Noor boy, comes to work into the factory and strange accidents set in motion hostility and gory deaths, Wen and Melik will have to surpass even more obstacles than they thought.
Told by Wen's POV the story is rich with history, slowly building the background as she deals with her father, the perveted boss Melik but above all, Ghost. I can't get in many details about him, but his presence is vital to the book since many events are a result of his actions.
The romance between Wen and Melik builds slowly with those furtive moments that make your heart beat faster and even though they both tend to have flaws, making them ever more realistic, Melik and Wen find the courage to fight for those they want to protect and for themselves.
If you seek something different both in the setting and the story Sarah Fine's works are for you!
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