On The Cover: The Regime is on the hunt, forcing the Resistance to take refuge aboard the Lifemaker, an advanced submarine that houses a special cargo: a handful of women who are can give birth to human children.
To evade the Regime’s own submersibles, all parties must work together, but tensions are high, and not everyone on board is looking out for the greater good.
As they descend into the deeps, they quickly learn that not all monsters work for the Regime.
Published: March 31, 2015
Why I Chose It: I received a free copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. I was excited to continue the story and read the next book in the series!
Reviews Of Other Books In This Series:
I was initially excited for the premise of this installment. While in the first book we’re on land and focusing on the fight with the Regime, Lifemaker takes us into a completely different realm, and allows us to explore a different setting in a submarine. It also allows the characters to have different interactions, as they’re now locked into a relatively small location for the duration of the book.
The setting of the Lifemaker was incredibly interesting to read about. Wilson really nails down the atmosphere of the submarine, my favourite aspect being the sounds that the Lifemaker makes, and the sounds of the ocean surrounding them. The characters also get edgy and claustrophobic from being in the submarine for months, and Jacob has several thoughts about how much ocean is between him and the surface. My only complaint is that I felt taken away from the steampunk genre, as it is made very clear that the submarine runs on diesel. While I loved that the characters were surrounded by metal, and that the sounds and fight scenes directly involved these materials, I really missed having that unique technology integrated into the story.
I did appreciate this novel because it focused on the characters. I was particularly excited to see more of Jacob’s character as he evolved. He is being influenced by those around him, and his attitudes about situations are slowly changing. This is shown through Jacob’s inner reflections, but also through his actions and words, and I really enjoyed being able to see his character grow. It was also really great to read about the background of some of the other characters, and gain a better understanding of who they are as a whole.
This novel does have a few shortcomings. There is little introduction to the characters or the war, and has only minor plot development. The novel cannot be a stand alone in that regard. However, as a second title in a series it does extremely well. It furthers many of the characters, and even gives a better understanding of the enemy. It also gives a great segue into the next book, Skyshaker, and I find myself looking forward to reading about their adventures in an airship. I would recommend checking out the first novel, Hopebreaker, and continuing with Lifemaker if you enjoy.
Rating: 3 / 5
Character Development: 4 / 5
Setting & Atmosphere: 5 / 5
Genre: 1 / 5
Plot Development: 2 / 5
“I’d offer to steer this ship, but submersibles aren’t really my thing. Put this tin can on wheels and I’ll drive it across the ocean floor.” (Kindle 1st edition, 2015)
“[They] closed their eyes at that moment before the expected explosion. But it did not come yet; the threat jumped from mine to mine, mocking them. The further they advanced without issue, the more they grew to fear that the stakes were higher. In a sea of a thousand mines, the crew of the Lifemaker had to be lucky a thousand times, but in that same sea, the Regime only had to be lucky once.” (Kindle 1st edition, 2015)
“And it was to the bottom that the vessel now plunged, into the waters that were blacker than any black on land, into a gloom that was more consuming than the deepest night. Were the crew not focused on their frenzied work to stop the steep descent, they might have glanced out one of the many round windows, and they might have thought that they were looking into the black iris of an evil creature – and they might have been right.” (Kindle 1st edition, 2015)