That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston

That Inevitable Victorian Thing

Set in a near-future world where the British Empire was preserved, not by the cost of blood and theft but by effort of repatriation and promises kept, That Inevitable Victorian Thing is a novel of love, duty, and the small moments that can change people and the world.Victoria-Margaret is the crown princess of the empire, a direct descendant of Victoria I, the queen who changed the course of history two centuries earlier. The imperial practice of ...

Details That Inevitable Victorian Thing

TitleThat Inevitable Victorian Thing
Release DateOct 3rd, 2017
PublisherDutton Books for Young Readers
GenreYoung Adult, Science Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Lgbt, Fiction

Reviews That Inevitable Victorian Thing

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    In summary: it's a book about a world in which colonialism ended before its true impact could set in, a world in which brown people and disabled people and queer people don't have to fight for our very right to breathe. And yes, it definitely would never have happened, but it was fucking awesome to think about the world if it had - to wish for a world without the legacy of decades of systematic oppression and scientific racism. This book has a fu...
  • Cait • A Page with a View
    Ok so this book had some truly awesome rep, which I'll fangirl over in a bit! And I feel like I'm probably being obnoxiously fussy with the parts that didn't work for me, so let me first say that I think a lot of people will like the book. This is just my own personal take...History is rewritten so that Queen Victoria made her eldest daughter her heir and then married all of her children into families from around the British Empire instead of oth...
  • Tatiana
    I guess I respect the author's desire to show a world where no inequality of any kind exists, but execution of this premise is so... limp in every respect.In this alternative (or, more correctly, utopian) vaguely defined British Empire all traces of racism, sexism, homophobia, classism, etc. are completely gone and everybody lives in a state of mutual respect and harmony. This approach also spills into interpersonal relationships, where it means ...
  • Puck
    2 stars. Ouch, what a letdown! This book had so much going for it, but delivered so little. The fascinating world and the great representation just didn’t weigh up against the lack of plot and the weak characters. *sad trombone sound*This is my third book by author E.K. Johnston, and in a way this novel is similar to the ones I read before: “The Thousand Nights” duology. Those novels neither have a exciting plot or a fast pace, but are gre...
  • Katherine Locke
    I suspect this book will get a rabid cult following, and I am 100% here for it. This book deserves such a following. Bring me the fanart and the fanfic. Inevitable Fandom for the win. I've always loved Johnston's books. There's something alluring, quirky and inviting about her prose that I don't often see in other books that are lyrical and literary. It's like having a conversation with your best friend from the corner of the room and you're watc...
  • Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
    I have so many thoughts and feelings regarding this book yet at the same time, I'm unable to wrap my brain around everything. Here's hoping that some semblance of this review makes sense. First off, I have to mention my love of the settings within this novel. Rarely do I ever get to read a book where I have visited or have knowledge regarding the setting. With this novel, the majority of the story is placed in locations that I regularly visit! I ...
  • Veronique
    3.75*Johnston puts together something quite intriguing, an alternate world where colonisation didn’t take the same form and resulted in a place where multi-ethnicity is valued, not curbed. The mixture of old fashioned traditions from the Victorian time, such as entering society through debutante balls, with modern technology (DNA matching) was unusual but compelling. The plot focuses on three main characters discovering who they are, their sexu...
  • Suanne Laqueur
    One. Million. Stars. Fan-fucking-tastic. In fact it kicked The Essex Serpent out of the #2 spot for best reads of 2017. Holy SHIT!!!
  • Ashley
    I'm a little torn on this one, honestly! I thought it was a bit slow for my tastes, mostly at the beginning, and I would have appreciated a bit more wallowing in emotions, but I also understand this is a book designed in part to ape Victorian conventions and mores, so perhaps I was never going to get the version of this book that would have pleased me best.And what a strange little book it was! This is an alternate history/speculative take on qui...
  • Elena
    Original review: What a title. I'm in for that alone.After reading 100 pages: ...Too bad the title was the best part. *sigh*I was SO excited for this book, and it disappointed me SO much. From the totally uncritical acceptance of British imperialism as an integral part of this utopian alternate future to the lack of any compelling conflict to a confusing mishmash of characters in a third person omniscient narration to the fact that the book takes...
  • Jane
    The only thing I enjoyed about this book was the representation.
  • Acqua
    DNF at 40% because I have no patience left and this is bothering me so much. Also, I made a goal for this year to DNF books that are not working for me. So, here we are.That Inevitable Victorian Thing is a book whose premise is basically "what if colonialism didn't bring everywhere racism, homophobia and other similar problems", and it's not an easy concept to explore at all. I was willing to give it a chance, but this is not how you do worldbuil...
  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    I DNF'd this at the 43% mark. I wanted to like this book - it's so pretty and the premise sounded really cool. But this is just is one of those situations where the book just isn't for me. Victorian London is my least favorite time period for historical books, but I wanted to give this one a try because I've liked E.K. Johnston's previous books and thought the premise of an alternate Victorian  setting would hook me enough to get me into the tim...
  • Ashley Brooks
    3.75* Really interesting world building in this book. I like the futuristic Victorian feel of it. Made for an interesting blend of old and new customs. There was a huge amount of diversity in this book, both in race, gender and sexuality which also made the Victorian aspect of it more interesting. My only complaint was really the pacing. It started out kinda slow, and then once it picked up it kinda just..ended. The resolution at the end happened...
  • Robyn
    Aw, what a lovely little story, full of twists and turns and challenges and lovely solutions.
  • Sarah
    First to Read sent me an advance copy of this book (thank you) to review, and so even though I wasn't familiar with the author, I decided to read it. In my line of work as a teacher, it never hurts to read more YA, and the cover is gorgeous, so I was tempted. There were some good parts to this book, notably the twisty part (both the twist and the inclusion of a character like this) around Helena's chip. I also realized, reading the book, how litt...
  • Justine
    3.5 stars This is a sweet romance set in a Canada that grew from an alternative history where Queen Victoria took the British Empire in a very different direction. While the new version of history doesn't completely erase all the problems of a colonialist past, it does attempt to unravel some of those threads and provide a better alternative path forward.The first half of the book is fairly slow, setting the stage with a lot of social gatherings ...
  • Lindsay
    In a near-future world with a very different history to ours the crown princess of the British Empire spends some time in Canada incognito.In this world Queen Victoria directed her children to "marry the empire" rather than marry into European noble houses. This has made multiculturalism and diversity emblematic features of the British Empire and enabled it to survive to become the preeminent power of the modern world. Crown Princess Victoria-Mar...
  • Abigayle Claire
    I'm so disappointed!!! Great concept and interesting society. But the content went south at the end of chapter 11 when (view spoiler)[ a girl is told by the Computer reading her genes that she's a boy. I skipped to the last page at that point to find said "girl," her former male love interest, and another female character had orchestrated a threesome relationship that would satisfy them all and keep public face. According to want I could tell. (h...
  • Carrie
    I received early access to this via Penguin Random House's First to Read program. --While E.K. Johnston's writing commanded my attention in the first paragraph, it quickly faltered. I found it easy to get lost in some points and the narrative trudged on slowly. Not only that, but I was more interested in learning more about the world and it's alternate history (and I found the concept of Victorian culture in a modern tech setting to be interestin...
  • ellie
    Edit: it’s now the morning after I wrote this (I wrote it at like 2am and was very angry) but after thinking deeper I think I had such a problem with the writing because the perspectives were so confusing. When you had the two main characters to switch back and forth from in the beginning, it made sense. But it started getting muddled because the author would switch perspectives in the middle of the chapter (like just one whole paragraph in one...
  • Amanda
    2.5 stars. I feel like I should have loved this book but it just really didn’t work for me.
  • Elizabeth
    I DNF'd this at about 40%. Did this book have an editor at all? It felt very underdeveloped, like it was published far too early in the writing process.I impulse ordered this despite the truly awful title because the setup sounded so interesting. However, this book suffered from infodump after infodump, stilted language, and mini-conversations that didn't build characterization but muddied it.You know when some authors talk about how, for a 200 p...
  • Jacqie
    This is a book with a fascinating alternate history and setting, and absolutely no story to go with it.The idea is that the Victorian era led to Queen Victoria opening up to the possibility of her heirs marrying nobility with a different skin shade, and opening up to the possibility of a female heir. This combination made the world less racist and more egalitarian, while keeping all the trimmings of Victorian culture. Therefore, the new crown pri...
  • Nicole N. (A Myriad of Books)
    I really want to rate this book higher, but I can’t. Initially, I enjoyed it but soon, the plot became stagnant and the ending just threw me for a loop. Not that I didn’t like it. It was…interesting, to say the least, but I can only foresee a handful of problems with it.I think I have a love/hate relationship with Johnston’s books. I loved Exit, Pursued by a Bear, so I went into A Thousand Nights thinking I would love it, too. Well, I did...
  • Amy
    *grimace* Loved the title and absolutely nothing else about this book. Sloppy world building, goody-two-shoes-freaking-perfect characters, and seriously contrived romance made this one utterly boring read. Many reviewers sing this book's praises because of the multicultural, Utopian world it supposedly presents. The reality is, this world without inequality, racism, 'homophobia', etc. is utterly boring and entirely unbelievable. Like, where is th...