Seriously trippy story about a young Victorian woman, her family going through a grim time, exiled to a gothic island, and how she is good at things, but isn’t permitted to do anything because of sexism, and how she finds ways to circumvent that in order to solve a puzzle when there isn’t anyone else to do it.Got that? Sneaky clever girl saves the day or makes a terrific hash of things, or both.
I love me some Hardinge, and she does a fabulous job of evoking a girl being thwarted for her gender, but this is not a happy book. It's creepy and strange and a bit ominous with a slightly positive spin on the future. But never Happy.