The Transatlantic Conspiracy

The Transatlantic Conspiracy

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At the dawn of a reimagined 20th century, one girl must become the reluctant symbol of a new world.

The year is 1908. Seventeen-year-old Rosalind Wallace's blissful stay in England with her best friend, Cecily de Vere, has come to an abrupt end. As a publicity stunt, her industrialist father has booked Rosalind on the maiden voyage of his fabulous Transatlantic Express, the world's first railroad to travel under the sea--without asking. Rosalind is furious. But lucky for her, Cecily and her handsome older brother, Charles, volunteer to accompany her home.

Fun turns to worry when Charles disappears on the station platform. To Rosalind's surprise, Cecily isn't concerned about her brother. And when Cecily runs into an old friend onboard, another belle of the European aristocracy, she appears to forget about Charles altogether.

Then, deep under the Atlantic, Cecily and her housemaid, Doris, are found stabbed to death in their state room. Rosalind is now trapped on the train--where nothing is as it seems--in a deadly fight to clear herself of her friend's murder and to thwart a sinister enemy whose ambitions she can only imagine.
Publisher: New York, NY : Soho Teen, [2016]
ISBN: 9781616954178
Branch Call Number: Y Fic
Characteristics: 226 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Jul 25, 2016

This is an odd book, in the sense that while the characters are older teens, meaning the intended audience is YA, the writing style is simple enough to appeal to more of a middle grade crowd. In any case, the premise is intriguing -- it's like Murder on the Orient Express plus steampunk (in that the train in question is traveling under the Atlantic Ocean, in a glass tunnel). The characters are a bit simplistic, but I thought the last 25% of the book was fairly exciting. The ending left the door wide open for sequels, so readers who enjoy this will likely have additional installments to look forward to.


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