Recently I was asked to submit a short story to a Steampunk anthology, and after several flurries of emails, the woman putting it together decided to create two; one for the adult category (no, not erotica) and another for YA. She said she did some research and learned that YA Steampunk was rare. As this is the case, she feels the YA would be a new and fresh take.
I'm curious. Has anyone hear read any YA Steampunk? What did you think of it?
I think the best known YA steampunk stories would be the Leviathan series by Scott Westerfeld and The Hunchback Assignments series by Arthur Slade. There are plenty of other books, though, with YA characters.
Heart of Iron by Ekaterina Sedia
Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason
Wollstonecraft by Jordan Stratford (ebook only so far for Kickstarter supporters)
Worldshaker by Richard Harland
Veridon series by Tim Akers
Society of Steam series by Andrew P Mayer
Girl Genius by Phil and Kaja Fogilio
Tales of the Brass Griffin by C.B. Ash
Dark Materials trilogy by Pullman...Cassandra Clare's Clockwork Angel series...Oppel's Airborn series...Infernal Devices by Reeve...like a third of the teen section at Half Price books has corsets or gears on it.
Actually I'm a little confused. From working in bookstores, my take was that there were as many YA titles if not more than the steampunk for adults. (Though there is a lot of the paranormal romance category with steampunk elements.) Maybe she meant there weren't enough steampunk short stories for a young adult audience? I didn't see as many of those.
No, I'm sorry. I was invited through Facebook. :(
Yes, I think she was talking about just the short stories, but I'm not completely sure on that.
Um, there is my novella, The Vampire Project, which sits between a short story and a full length book... complete with one stinker of a review on Amazon.com and a much nicer one on Amazon.co.uk