Iron Cast [Book Review]

Iron Cast [Book Review]
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Title: Iron Cast
Author: Destiny Soria
Publisher: Amulet Books
Published Date: 11th October 2016
Rating: 4 Stars
*Thank you The Fantastic Flying Book Club for the review
Synopsis: It’s Boston, 1919, and the Cast Iron club is packed. On stage,
hemopaths—whose “afflicted” blood gives them the ability to create
illusions through art—captivate their audience. Corinne and Ada have been best
friends ever since infamous gangster Johnny Dervish recruited them into his
circle. By night they perform for Johnny’s crowds, and by day they con Boston’s
elite. When a job goes wrong and Ada is imprisoned, they realize how precarious
their position is. After she escapes, two of the Cast Iron’s hires are shot,
and Johnny disappears. With the law closing in, Corinne and Ada are forced to
hunt for answers, even as betrayal faces them at every turn.

Review: Iron Cast was a novel I was really
looking forward to reading as I had heard a lot about it around the book
community on both blogs and Instagram alike. I really liked the premise, and I
was also looking forward to having some black culture included in the novel
too. It’s not every day that both of the main characters in a novel are
Personally, it took me a little while to warm up to this
novel, but once I did I was head over heels in love with it. The two main
characters are Ada and Corinne, who are both really tight friends and both have
quite the sarcastic attitude to match it. I loved them both. At the beginning I
was always confused because I felt like they were pretty similar. Ada and
Corinne both seemed to act the same to me and it was hard to see them as
individuals… but eventually as I read along I got a better understanding of
them both and they became more unique. I learned that Corinne was more the
headstrong and confident one, while Ada was more quiet and sensible. Once you
see the distinction, the lines won’t blur anymore.
I also really loved the idea of hemopathy in general.
Hemopathy means you have certain skills which act a bit like unique powers,
except metals like steel and iron are your kryptonite. Also, hemopaths are seen
as dangerous and get locked away or abused by the other members of society.
Immediately you can see that this novel is going to dive into the theme of
social classes, and discrimination. Maybe it wasn’t segregation because of skin
colour, or gender, but because of ‘race’ in a way. And this novel managed to
cover the theme well. Shouldn’t we be accepting of these minor differences and
if the hemopaths are going to be law abiding, then why shouldn’t they live like
anyone else? Labeling people as criminal only makes them more likely to enact
criminal behaviour.
Of course, these girls did have other issues as well.
They’re not only hemopaths, but they’re also female and coloured. I was surprised
by how little the author delved into those latter two topics and themes, but
Soria had enough going on in this novel that I think the addition of those
would have become overwhelming anyway.
Ada’s hemopathic ability is being able to play music and
make others feel emotions. Corinne’s is being able to recite poetry and use
those words to cause illusions. Coupled together, these two are quite powerful.
But what I liked most about their abilities was hoe it showed an appreciation
for the arts. More books with art appreciation is always good to me 😀
I also think that the secondary characters were developed
pretty well. In the second half of the book you really get a feel for those
other characters and a dive into their backstory as well. I loved Maddie, Ada’s
mother, Charlie and Gabriel especially. I think what struck me most about these
other secondary characters were that they were not puppets. They had their own
issues, their own choices to make which impacted the story and their own lives.
We see how they entwine, but also why they do what they do too.
I felt like there were a lot of betrayals and plot twists
that I didn’t see coming at all. It made the second half of the book amazingly good.
It was action packed, and it seemed not to end so all I could do was helplessly
turn page after page until I had read everything! It was so good in terms of
plot line.
I’m not going to say much about this, but the theme of
family and what that means and entails was handled spectacularly as well. I
loved it.
One little thing I didn’t understand was why the movie
was called Iron Cast. The place where this novel is set and centers around is
called Cast Iron. I know Iron Cast sounds better, but then just call the café in
the book that as well!
In conclusion, I loved it. I didn’t expect to love it
quite this much. I’ll definitely be reading whatever this author writes next.
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Olivia’s Question: Do you think your family understands
more about you than you believe them to?

Olivia-Savannah x

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