Published by Skyscape
A girl with a clockwork heart must make every second count.
When Penny Farthing nearly dies, brilliant surgeon Calvin Warwick manages to implant a brass “Ticker” in her chest, transforming her into the first of the Augmented. But soon it’s discovered that Warwick killed dozens of people as he strove to perfect another improved Ticker for Penny, and he’s put on trial for mass murder.
On the last day of Warwick’s trial, the Farthings’ factory is bombed, Penny’s parents disappear, and Penny and her brother, Nic, receive a ransom note demanding all of their Augmentation research if they want to see their parents again. Is someone trying to destroy the Farthings...or is the motive more sinister?
Desperate to reunite their family and rescue their research, Penny and her brother recruit fiery baker Violet Nesselrode, gentleman-about-town Sebastian Stirling, and Marcus Kingsley, a young army general who has his own reasons for wanting to lift the veil between this world and the next. Wagers are placed, friends are lost, romance stages an ambush, and time is running out for the girl with the clockwork heart.
Ticker is a book that I found through Kindle Unlimited and I have to say it was completely different from anything I would have picked up normally, but the cover got me. I think the idea of someone having a clockwork heart was really unique and something I hadn’t heard of before. I have to say the story was well written if not a little heavy on the description, it was sometimes difficult to keep a track of things because of how wordy things were. It was overall a decent book but not one that I’ll be rushing back to reread.
One of my favourite parts of Ticker would definitely be the different technologies used, I thought they were interesting. Especially the time delayed boxes and cake vending machines, you can tell where my mind always is. HOWEVER and I think this is where my issue with the story came into play, but I think it as some points overtook the actual plot, like there was too much emphasis on the tech and not so much the characters or the reason for everything was happening. I just felt that the story at times played second best to all the tech and other things in the story.
The other thing I struggled with when reading Ticker was the fact that the Doctor’s involvement was downplayed and I would have preferred to have spent more time in his mind learning about his crimes and the technology. I think that would have been a better storyline than watching Penny run round the city on a contraption that she know is edgy and dangerous. That was my biggest problem with Ticker, the characters, I didn’t connect with them and I actually found Penny to be a hard character to sympathise with, she was just a little unlikeable.
I will say I quite enjoyed the relationships in this book, I thought they were well connected and written. It almost made up for the faults I found with the other parts of the book. I wish we had had more time to focus on the different characters and the way they interacted with each other, especially after the event. I would have loved to have learned more about the family before everything happened. I have a soft spot for family dynamics. Especially as Ticker had so much going on with everything story-wise. It would have made a nice reprieve in my opinion.
I’m not sure I enjoyed Ticker enough to recommend, the story was mediocre and so were the events that the characters found themselves in. I think it would have been a better book if there had been more focus on the other parts and the backstory of the events.
Have you read Ticker? What did you think? Would you recommend? Let me know in the comments.