Today we go back to Victorian London, the gravitational center of steampunk fiction. While most steampunk books in this setting show it merely changed by the advanced machinery, Whitechapel Gods shows it taken over by the machines in sort of 19th-century Terminator or Matrix. Fighting against machine overlords is a well-trodden path in science fiction, but much less so in steampunk, where the optimism usually puts the machines squarely under our control. As such, S. M. Peteres is exploring some newer territory, which is always welcome.

Official description:

In Victorian London, the Whitechapel section is a mechanized, steam-driven hell, cut off and ruled by two mysterious, mechanical gods-Mama Engine and Grandfather Clock. Some years have passed since the Great Uprising, when humans rose up to fight against the machines, but a few brave veterans of the Uprising have formed their own Resistance-and are gathering for another attack. For now they have a secret weapon that may finally free them-or kill them all…

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