The entire story is centred, around the clash of old ways and new science, with the suggestion that you need a bit of both to make a decent world. The spindle that pricks the girls? fingers is called Spinning Jenny, a sign of the times. A century later, the ?kings? sons? who wake them are an English aristocrat called Arthur and his Australian valet, Raphael King, both of whom qualify on technical grounds.
The story is good fun for adults - I enjoyed it very much - but I?m not sure it will appeal to the teenagers at whom it's aimed. The language is beautiful, but far too adult and the ideas more complex than the story itself.
Perhaps the publishers ought to do what so many are doing and give it a new cover aimed at adults.
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