The Dark Unwinding

The Dark Unwinding

Book - 2012
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In 1852, when seventeen-year-old Katharine is sent to her family's estate to prove that her uncle is insane, she finds he is an inventor whose work creating ingenious clockwork figures supports hundreds of families, but strange occurrences soon have her doubting her own sanity.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780545327862
0545327865
Branch Call Number: YAFICTION Cameron
Characteristics: 318 p. : ill. ; 22 cm

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I_need_a_username
Feb 20, 2015

The main character sent to a town to prove her uncle is insane, and is troubled by a choice; whether to try lie and try to protect a town, or to tell her employer that her employers that her uncle is insane, which he is and if she does so, she will keep her job, and her employer would get all of her uncles money, however, her uncles money is being used to maintain a town, with her uncle as a sort of unofficial mayor. The protagonist is discontent with her life with her employer she is tempted to try to build a life for herself in the town.

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cinnamonkitty14
Jul 16, 2014

The book started off somewhat slowly and perhaps melodramatically but it really picks up later on in ways you'd never have guessed. Spying, intrigue, lots of plot twists, all that good stuff. There's also a fair amount about clockwork-type mechanics (during the industrial revolution), which was interesting as well. Similar books: A Spy in the House (Mary Quinn Mysteries #1) by Y.S. Lee and Secret Letters by Leah Scheier.

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maaike_willem
Jul 03, 2014

I really enjoyed The Dark Unwinding. It wasn't incredibly fast paced, but it had an interesting story line that kept me interested. I loved all of the characters and I thought the book was well written. I usually don't read books in the gothic tale genre, but I'll definitely be picking up the sequel to this one!

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dprodrig
Mar 10, 2014

This is a very sweet touching story, when it all comes down to it. Yes, there are improbabilities, but the unfolding had my full attention.

Indigo_Cobra_8 Dec 30, 2013

Don't let the slow beginning discourage you! Fairly nice writing, likable characters, solid plot.

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tocch101
May 15, 2013

A captivating read with many details scattered in to show the way towards the finale. Some parts were easy to predict, but the growth and attitudes of the characters were well done.

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Alexandra_C_E
May 13, 2013

Now this was quite the book! It read very similarly to a Jane Austen novel, with the strict dictation of Class and the expectations of that social hierarchy, but with mad genius creations and inventions. The characters were very well written with very real emotions and responses – I found myself reacting strongly to the interactions dealing with Katherine’s ‘mad genius’ uncle, who would probably have been diagnosed with autism in today’s world. This really was much more of a serious book, though it still had some whimsical stuff, some romance, and again, explosions!

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ACatNamedTofu
Apr 07, 2013

Nicely twisting.

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lindiwood
Oct 20, 2012

This was a fun mystery with a touch of romance, but you don't want to look too closely or you'll spot the plot holes.

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