The islands of Caldera are a shining jewel in a rather bleak world. A terrible calamity in the past had blanketed much of the world with a toxic "fug." Those who survived were forced to take to the mountains and the skies in wondrous airships. Life has since been a struggle, with only the most ruthless and crafty able to survive. To spare themselves the same fate, the Calderans erected a battery of guns to fend off the airships of the mainland. They isolated themselves from the madness of the world, choosing instead to focus on the pursuits of art and creativity. Few believe the technologically advanced but socially barbarous outsiders have anything to offer. Amanita Graus, though, is hoping that they do.
Nita's mother has lost her livelihood and perhaps soon her life to a terrible disease. Already the black sheep of the family for embracing engineering rather than art, Nita resolves to leave the safety of her home and do whatever it takes to find a cure. For a price, the bizarre crew of an airship called The Wind Breaker are willing to grant her a meeting with their mysterious benefactors, and thus a chance to procure the one thing with a chance to save her mother.
Free-Wrench follows Nita’s adventures in a steampunk world of airships and lunatics. Helping her in her journey are an eccentric crew of smugglers; the gruff Cap’n Mack, the simple but enthusiastic Lil and Coop, the arrogant marksman Gunner, the surly surgeon Butch, and the irritable mascot Wink. To survive and find what she seeks she’ll need to earn their trust, follow their rules, and meet face to face with the people who pull the strings of their society.
From the imaginative settings to the captivating characters, this book is a great read from beginning to end. You’ll fall in love with the crew and by the time you’re finished, you’ll be wanting to read the rest of the series. Strongly recommended for any age!55
The story is pretty good and I am planning to read the rest of the series, but the typos can be confusing at times.45
I found some typos in the text that made things confusing. At one point the author wrote that Nita said something that was actually said by Lil. How do the editors let that stuff slide? Not going to pay for the series. Unprofessional.35
Very exciting adventure55
This was the first book I've read in a while, but it was a great one to start off with. I cant wait to read the next!55
Fun story that seemed more like a pilot episode for a series.45
This is a very interesting book and I love it so much55
I’m trying to get in a lot of books over the Summer and this was a great start. I’ll definitely be finishing the rest of the series, as it is so far. Great for pre-teens and as light reading for teens and adults.35
Fabulous steam punk thriller! Read!55