Review: METALTOWN by Kristen SimmonsMetaltown by Kristen Simmons
Published by Tor Teen on September 20th 2016
Pages: 384
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Dystopian, Science Fiction, General
ARC provided by BEA 2016, Macmillan

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Kristen Simmons's Metaltown, where factories rule, food is scarce, and hope is in short supply.

The rules of Metaltown are simple: Work hard, keep your head down, and watch your back. You look out for number one, and no one knows that better than Ty. She’s been surviving on the factory line as long as she can remember. But now Ty has Colin. She’s no longer alone; it’s the two of them against the world. That’s something even a town this brutal can’t take away from her. Until it does.

Lena’s future depends on her family’s factory, a beast that demands a ruthless master, and Lena is prepared to be as ruthless as it takes if it means finally proving herself to her father. But when a chance encounter with Colin, a dreamer despite his circumstances, exposes Lena to the consequences of her actions, she’ll risk everything to do what’s right.
In Lena, Ty sees an heiress with a chip on her shoulder. Colin sees something more. In a world of disease and war, tragedy and betrayal, allies and enemies, all three of them must learn that challenging what they thought was true can change all the rules.

An enthralling story of friendship and rebellion, Metaltown will have you believing in the power of hope.

Reading time 3 mins

Colin and Ty are thick as thieves. They don’t have much choice being “small-parts” factory employees. The pay is crap, the work is horrible, and they work mandatory overtime all the time to keep up with quotas. Being residents of Metaltown, they are not alone in their poverty, but Small Parts is one of the only places not protected by the mob charter. The charter fights for worker rights and that works for everyone except the children who work in small parts, since the charter doesn’t care about them. Enter, Lena, the owners daughter, who mistakenly fires Ty. This makes Colin want to start his own charter to “press back” against the system they are trapped in. When Lena decides to join them, it seems they can’t lose. Except Lena doesn’t carry as much weight in her family as she should. Can Colin pull off the impossible?

Are you team Ty or team Lena?

METALTOWN is a YA Dystopian with a little love triangle problem. I thought Ty had a little attitude problem. Lena didn’t really know any better because she was so sheltered in her fancy house. I started off liking Ty, but then I could see that she made it almost impossible to root for her. I didn’t want Colin to like her either. Ty had very few redeeming qualities as the story moved on. Having the boy she loved not love her back did not make me like her. Lena wasn’t perfect either, but she did have some character growth as the story progressed.

View Spoiler » So yea, I am team Lena.

I loved the idea of poverty ridden people “pressing back” for their rights to be treated fair. METALTOWN has a common YA theme, but the dystopian twist kept my rapt attention. I liked the dark setting of Metaltown and it’s neighboring Bakerstown. The street gang’s constant threat paired with the fight for food and shelter left me feeling like I had been transported to another time and place. There was a lot of unclean living in this story. The food alone kept my focus on the terrible conditions for Colin and Ty. I felt like the story flowed well and the setting was perfect.

The thing I didn’t like about METALTOWN, other than my disdain for one of the main characters, was the coincidences that happened throughout the story. There were quite a few scenes that felt really lucky. I also noticed we were introduced to characters and given back story only to be left wondering what happened to them later on. Although this story was almost 400 pages, there were things left out and some telling without showing. There was a whole medical/food testing thing that I would have liked to learn more about. I was very entertained while reading this story, but I do wish there were more details written in.

My Rating


About Kristen Simmons

4692856Kristen Simmons is the author of the ARTICLE 5 series, THE GLASS ARROW, and METALTOWN. She has worked with survivors of abuse and trauma as a mental health therapist, taught Jazzercise in five states, and is forever in search of the next best cupcake. Currently she lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband, where she spends her days supporting the caffeine industry and chasing her delightfully rambunctious son.


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