METALTOWN by Kristen Simmons [Review]


Metaltown, where factories rule, food is scarce, and hope is in short supply.

The rules of Metaltown are simple: Work hard, keep your head down, and watch your back. You look out for number one, and no one knows that better than Ty. She’s been surviving on the factory line as long as she can remember. But now Ty has Colin. She’s no longer alone; it’s the two of them against the world. That’s something even a town this brutal can’t take away from her. Until it does.

Lena’s future depends on her family’s factory, a beast that demands a ruthless master, and Lena is prepared to be as ruthless as it takes if it means finally proving herself to her father. But when a chance encounter with Colin, a dreamer despite his circumstances, exposes Lena to the consequences of her actions, she’ll risk everything to do what’s right.

In Lena, Ty sees an heiress with a chip on her shoulder. Colin sees something more. In a world of disease and war, tragedy and betrayal, allies and enemies, all three of them must learn that challenging what they thought was true can change all the rules.

An enthralling story of friendship and rebellion, Metaltown will have you believing in the power of hope.

(Available for purchase September 20, 2016.)

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Rating: ★★★☆☆


Metaltown was one of my most anticipated reads this year. After reading Simmons’ The Glass Arrow, I was desperate for more of her books. I was lucky enough to win a giveaway of an ARC of Metaltown through the lovely author herself. So thank you, Kristen, for writing such great stories and allowing me, among many others, to dive into your rich worlds and travel beside your characters.

❁ Writing

Simmons has an adaptable writing style that’s able to bend to the environment that she created with precision. I was able to hear the twang of slang and absorb the dingy surroundings and smells as if I was there beside our three main characters.

Rather than the first-person POV in The Glass ArrowMetaltown was told in three third-person POV’s. I loved each character, however I did feel there wasn’t much of a difference between their voices. Once I started getting entangled in the story and flipping page after page, I would sometimes have to go back and see who’s POV I was reading.

But there were some fantastic lines throughout the novel that made me stop and re-read them a few times, that made me feel strong and invincible. Simmons can truly string together words and create a beautiful banner of letters that will resonate with you.

“What am I supposed to do now?” Ty whispered.

Shima grabbed her hand, and Ty didn’t even flinch.

“Fight, because it hurts too much if you stop.”

It was words like these that made me want to stand up and press-back (Metaltown term, guys). It made me want to stand up and fight alongside of these characters. *whispers* But not really because I’m not the best with knives. *laughs evilly* Actually, I am.

❁ Plot

The plot holds the core of most dystopian stories: the poor and/or the majority of the population fighting against the corrupt government and/or the wealthy. Metaltown had the same theme, with the poor workers of Metaltown rising up and pressing back. Only, this movement didn’t begin until about halfway through the entire novel.

I do appreciate the development in the first half of the book, but I do feel that some scenes were unnecessary to both character development and the plot. Obviously, this is only my opinion, but a few scenes did seem to drag on and therefore slowed down the rest of the plot. I was expecting the war between Metaltown and the wealthy to both last longer and hold more importance. It seemed like this core point was sort of put on the side because of a romance–another plot point that didn’t resonate with me.

But once I hit the 200 page mark, things picked up and elevated. I only wish this would’ve happened earlier in the novel.

❁ Characters

As I said before, the story is told from three POV’s: Colin’s, Ty’s, and Lena’s. Colin is a worker in Metaltown who previously had more wealth. Ty was raised in an orphanage and has been working in Metaltown, never knowing who her parents were. Lena, opposing to our other two characters, is wealthy and lives in the heart of the city, the daughter of the man who’s behind Metaltown. But despite living a wealthy life, her family is cruel and abusive.

I liked each character, especially Colin and Ty. I loved their sass and their courage. It was also refreshing that their was a boy and a girl who were only friends. Unfortunately, this lasted about ten pages until we learn that Ty is infatuated with Colin.

I enjoyed Lena’s story-line, though I found it kind of predictable from the beginning. Once she weaved her way into the lives of our other protagonist’s, things went exactly how I thought they would. She, among the others, showed a solid development through the story, but I found the romance she shares with a certain someone to be rushed and forced. But that’s only me, and if you know me, then you know I’m not a fan of most romances.

❁ Overall

I didn’t love Metaltown as much as The Glass Arrow, but I still thoroughly enjoyed following Collin and Ty and Lena on their adventures and watching this war unfold. It also made me, one who doesn’t get emotional often, get teary. My heart still hurts with the events that unfolded and I just

Metaltown will be out in about two weeks, so pre-order or keep your eyes open for this dystopian with a strong crew of characters, loads of sass, and violence–all of my favorite things.



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