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Cabaret meets Cassandra Clare? Hmm... I can certainly see that, seeing what cabaret actually means in the dictionary... but I would probably say Cabaret meets Cassandra Clare meets Mary Shelley meets Veronica Roth.
At first I actually thought Dark Metropolis was a City of Bones rip off. When you first open the book, the scene opens in a club. Very similar to how City of Bones opens in the Pandemonium Club, right? The only difference is, the main character Thea WORKS in the Telephone club and not GOING to the club. In City of Bones, Clary sees something happen in the club. The same goes for Dark Metropolis, only it's a vision instead of a demon being killed. Clary's mother was under a spell, although she was more comatose. Thea's mother, however, is also under a spell – what Dolamore calls "bound-sickness."
I wasn’t aware you were hoping I’d ask you out for coffee, Gerik. Besides, you’re the one who told me I should get out more.Freddy is also very similar to Jem from The Infernal Devices. He had silver hair and the same personality almost – I was getting a bit worried that his hair was silver because he lived on opium. And half the time I was wondering when Will Herondale was going to pop out.
Nan, who is Thea's friend and essentially disappears all of a sudden which starts a chain reaction of events, also plays an important role. However... the many questions she asked reminded me of Tessa in Clockwork Angel, which apparently brings up the quote "Curiosity is my besetting sin." Honestly, I'm not sure if curiosity is Nan's besetting sin, so I'll leave it to Dolamore to make the decision.
Now, before you actually run away screaming "NOPE, I HATE RIP OFFS AND I REFUSE TO READ THIS BOOK BECAUSE OF SO." let me reassure you that the similarities to Cassandra Clare's works stop there. Dark Metropolis officially breaks off into it's own road, but does have other elements related to the authors I mentioned.
I haven't actually read much of Mary Shelley, but I do know the basic concept. While the author did mention on Goodreads – yes, I saw the FAQ on GR and figured that would actually help me. After all, FAQ! Go figure. – that the story was inspired by the movie Metropolis, I never watched the movie and I probably wouldn't since I'm not a fan of movies unless it's based on a book (plus, it's OLD). Then I can actually do some ultra comparisons and prove that books are better than movies. That said, as soon as I read that Freddy could revive the dead, I immediately thought of the dude who brought a monster to life and called the workers in the book "Frankensteinians."
That also dashes all points of saying this is a rip off, because it's not... at least not really. And that officially brings me to my last author – I never said I was done – of comparison: Veronica Roth.
They're holidays mainly because we get cake.Does that sound similar to Dauntless cake? It might not exactly BE chocolate cake, but it's cake nonetheless and used as celebration. I just hope they're not chocolate?
Nan: What happens if I don't take the serum?Second, serums. Serums play a pretty big part in the Divergent trilogy, and they sort of play a big part in the workers' lives as well. A much bigger part than those in Divergent, but a similar concept nonetheless.
Sigi: You'll get sick. Really sick.
Nan: Like a fever? What does that mean?
Sigi: Just weak... and sort of crazy. You don't want it to happen to you, believe me.
Finally, a bit of history. Political corruption, yes??? I was thinking of political machine, but that was in the early 1900s. However... Dark Metropolis is set in Berlin, Germany, and Germany was in a worse depression than the US before Hitler came along and decided he wanted to take over the world. But the way Valkenrath seemed to be in charge of things? He just seemed to be holding a lot of people by the puppet strings.
Overall, not a bad start to a new series. The book did feel like a stand alone in a way – a dark happily ever after? – so I'm quite curious how the sequel will play out.
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