Young Adult Steampunk Fantasy

A subgenre of science fiction and fantasy, steampunk novels feature worlds where history took an alternate turn in the late nineteenth century—leading to fantastic machines that use Victorian-era technology like clockwork, steam power, and gears. There are often high-tech and magical elements too, as well as unconventional characters fighting for a cause that goes against the mainstream. Popular examples include Cassandra Clare’s Clockwork Angel and Scott Westerfield’s Leviathan—check out all the great books in this genre at the Library!

Clockwork Angel

Cassandra Clare
Young Adult – Clare
Series: The Infernal Devices

"When sixteen-year-old orphan Tessa Fell's older brother suddenly vanishes, her search for him leads her into Victorian-era London's dangerous supernatural underworld, and when she discovers that she herself is a Downworlder, she must learn to trust the demon-killing Shadowhunters if she ever wants to learn to control her powers and find her brother." —Publisher

The Dark Unwinding

Sharon Cameron
Young Adult – Cameron
Series: The Dark Unwinding

"In 1852, when seventeen-year-old Katharine is sent to her family's estate to prove that her uncle is insane, she finds he is an inventor whose work creating ingenious clockwork figures supports hundreds of families, but strange occurrences soon have her doubting her own sanity." —Publisher

Etiquette and Espionage

Gail Carriger
Young Adult – Carriger
Series: Finishing School

"In an alternate England of 1851, spirited fourteen-year-old Sophronia is enrolled in a finishing school where, she is suprised to learn, lessons include not only the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also diversion, deceit, and espionage." —Publisher

The Falconer

Elizabeth May
Young Adult – May
Series: Falconer Trilogy

"In 1844 Edinburgh eighteen-year-old Lady Aileana Kameron is neither an ordinary debutante, nor a murderess--she is a Falconer, a female warrior born with the gift for hunting and killing the faeries who prey on mankind and who killed her mother." —Publisher

Fever Crumb

Philip Reeve
Young Adult – Reeve,
Series: Fever Crumb

"Foundling Fever Crumb has been raised as an engineer although females in the future London, England, are not believed capable of rational thought, but at age fourteen she leaves her sheltered world and begins to learn startling truths about her past while facing danger in the present." —Publisher

The Friday Society

Adrienne Kress
Young Adult – Kress

"Cora, Nellie, and Michiko, teenaged assistants to three powerful men in Edwardian London, meet by chance at a ball that ends with the discovery of a murdered man, leading the three to work together to solve this and related crimes without drawing undue attention to themselves." —Publisher

The Girl in the Steel Corset

Kady Cross
Young Adult – Cross
Series: Steampunk Chronicles

"Finley, who has a beastly alter ego inside of her, joins Duke Griffin's army of misfits to help stop the Machinist, the criminal behind a series of automaton crimes, from carrying out a plan to kill Queen Victoria during the Jubilee." —Publisher

The Golden Compass

Philip Pullman
Children's Area – J Pullman
Series: His Dark Materials

"Accompanied by her daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North." —Publisher

The Inventor's Secret

Andrea Cremer
Young Adult – Cremer
Series: The Inventor's Secret

"In an alternate nineteenth-century America that is still a colony of Britain's industrial empire, sixteen-year-old Charlotte and her fellow refugees' struggle to survive is interrupted by a newcomer with no memory, bearing secrets about a terrible future." —Publisher

The Lazarus Machine

Paul Crilley
Young Adult – Crilley
Series: Tweed & Nightingale Adventures

"In an alternate 1899 London, seventeen-year-old Sebastian Tweed searches for his kidnapped father, uncovering both a horrific technological secret and a political conspiracy that could destroy the British Empire." —Publisher

The League of Seven

Alan Gratz
Children's Fiction – Gratz
Series: The League of Seven

"When an alternate 1875 steam-driven America rediscovers electricity, the lifeblood of the Mangleborn monsters, and the secret society to protect humanity from the Mangleborn is compromised, twelve-year-old Archie must assemble a team of seven young heroes to save the world." —Publisher

Legacy of the Clockwork Key

Kristin Bailey
Young Adult – Bailey
Series: The Secret Order

"A orphaned sixteen-year-old servant in Victorian England finds love while unraveling the secrets of a mysterious society of inventors and their most dangerous creation." —Publisher


Scott Westerfield
Young Adult – Westerfield
Series: Leviathan

"It is the cusp of World War I, and all the European powers are arming up. Aleksandar Ferdinand, prince of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, is on the run. Deryn Sharp is a commoner, a girl disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. But her secret is in constant danger of being discovered. With the Great War brewing, Alek's and Deryn's paths cross in the most unexpected way...taking them both aboard the Leviathan on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure. One that will change both their lives forever." —Publisher

The Rithmatist

Brandon Sanderson
Young Adult – Sanderson
Series: Rithmatist

"As Wild Chalklings threaten the American Isles and Rithmatists are humanity's only defense, Joel can only watch as Rithmatist students learn the magical art that he would do anything to practice." —Publisher

Something Strange and Deadly

Susan Dennard
Young Adult – Dennard
Series: Something Strange and Deadly

"In an alternate nineteenth-century Philadelphia, Eleanor Fitt sets out to rescue her brother, who seems to have been captured by an evil necromancer in control of an army of Undead." —Publisher


Jay Kristoff
Adult Science Fiction – Kristof
Series: The Lotus War

"In this dystopian steampunk fantasy set against a backdrop of feudal Japan, warrior Yukiko captures a supposedly extinct (but crippled) griffin for the Shogun, then learns—after meeting secretive Kin and the rebel Kage cabal—of the horrifying extent of the Shogun's crimes, both against her country and her family. Returning to the city, Yukiko is determined to make the Shogun pay—but what can one girl and a flightless griffin do against the might of an empire?" —Publisher


Sim, Tara
Young Adult – Sim
Series: Timekeeper

"An alternate 1875 England. In Enfield, the clock tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Clock mechanic Danny can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time. He discovers that his new apprentice is the tower's clock spirit. Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and their romance will shake the very foundations of time. Can the two boys discover who is sabotaging the towers that control the flow of time—before it is too late?" —Publisher

Un Lun Dun

Miéville, China
Adult Science Fiction – Mievill

"Stumbling into an alternate funhouse version of her home city, twelve-year-old Londoner Deeba finds herself trapped in a world of killer giraffes, animated umbrellas, and ghost children, and must take on the role of savior to prevent utter destruction." —Publisher