The Clockwork Sky, Volume Two

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The conclusion to this exciting all-ages steampunk manga Clockwork Sky!

Madeleine Rosca's sharp-edged style perfectly matches her sharp-tongued lead character's personality. Sally Peppers is the highly-curious, ambitious niece of steambot magnate Erasmus Croach, who has supplied Britain's factories with an apparently endless supply of near-perfect robot employees, displacing flesh-and-blood humans. Unemployed people have begun to demonstrate in the streets of London and more than one near-riot has been put down by Croach's latest and greatest invention, the steambot police-boy, Sky.

Sky is troubled by dreams where he, like Pinocchio, has become a "real boy." Then he meets Sally, who has run away from home, and begins to learn of the poverty and hardships faced by these workers. Together, Sally and Sky venture into the tunnels beneath London in search of a missing child.

Sally has always been a bit of a tinkerer and quickly figures out the terrifying truth about her uncle's magnificent steambot factory. But it might be too late―Erasmus Croach has new steambots ready to deploy―and they are bigger and stronger than the heroic Sky. Can Sally's wits and Sky's pure heart save the day?

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About the Author:

MADELEINE ROSCA is the creator of Hollow Fields and The Clockwork Sky. She has received Japan's International Manga Award. Hollow Fields was named Best New OEL Manga by About.com. She lives in Australia.

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“Fun. Rosca's smooth art style flowed nicely from page to page. We were left with a rather creepy cliffhanger at the end. The book is all-ages so I have no problems recommending it to children, young adults or adult readers if they're fans of fantasy and/or steampunk.” ―GeekeryDo on The Clockwork Sky, Volume One

“I liked how Rosca examines how [her steampunk London] setting impacts on the life of regular people who have suddenly found themselves out of work because a steambot does it quicker and better. Some detailed artwork really captures the atmosphere here. I can see myself reading Volume Two. Sally and Sky are two characters that I'd like to get to know a little better and I'll definitely be taking that opportunity when it arises.” ―Graeme's Fantasy Book Review

“The art and text work together to move the story along. This is a good beginning to a interesting series with a strong female character featured prominently.” ―SFRevu

“The art is energetic and fresh. The writing is solid. [This] London promises to be a complex mix of technology and poverty. I look forward to finding out what place Sally will find for herself there.” ―Drastic My Anime Blog

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