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Tuesday 3 November 2020

Junior Review: The Rise of the Remarkables: Brasswitch and Bot

Until today being called a Brasswitch would have gotten you killed. Now, it might save your life.

Sixteen-year-old orphan Wrench lives in York during a disturbing time where machinery is relied on heavily to move the people forward and magic is regarded a curse to their society.

When Wrench is forced to reveal her lifelong secret of being a Brasswitch, by stopping a train crash similair to the one that killed her parents, her ordinary engineering life is driven toward a great adventure where mysterious secrets lie in each corner. 

When a humanoid mechanism called Bot recruits her for the sinister Department of Regulators that hunt down Remarkables like her, she must learn of the hidden danger that threatens York.

By being recruited for the Regulators she befriends the other Remarkables, Octavia, a bright blue tentacle haired woman who helps Wrench design her armour; Bot, a humanoid who helps her control her powers; and Plum, Wrench’s skittish friend who has mastered the ways of magic.

With the help of her new friends she discovers why the historical rupture, a giant hole in the dimensions, is threatening to destroy the world and releasing the evil, power hungry gods onto the innocent inhabitants of York. As betrayal and secrets lie in every turn Wrench must ask herself: What does it mean to be a Brasswitch?

I loved this book because of the mystery and twists that immediately capture the audience’s interest. Gareth Ward has created a remarkable world we could only dream about and has shaped it into reality. His writing style is hypnotising, I couldn’t put the book down and the adventures of Wrench kept me reading for hours. I recommend this book for ages 9 and up.

Title: The Rise of the Remarkables: Brasswitch and Bot
Author: Gareth Ward
Illustrator: Bex Bloomfield
Publisher: Walker Books, $19.99
Publication Date: August 
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781760652210
For ages: 9 - 14
Type: Middle Grade Fiction