Book Review: Tesla (Tesla Evolution #1) by Mark Lingane

This post has been sitting in my drafts section for quite a while so might as well just get it out.

!! minor spoilers ahead. read at your own risk !!


(Tesla Evolution #1)
by Mark Lingane

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Steampunk, Cyberpunk
Insync Holdings
Publication Date: 
30 December 2013

Format: ebook
Pages: –

My Rating: 3 / 5

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Book DepositoryKobo

Cyberpunk vs Steampunk: the battle is on.

It is one thousand years since nuclear war wiped out civilization in the northern hemisphere. The planet slowly heats, and water becomes a rare resource. Out of the ruins of a devastated civilization arises a new breed of people – those who control magnetism, Teslas.

Sebastian, a young orphan boy from a quiet rural town, is hunted by strange part-machine, part-human people. His only hope is Melanie, an angry, dying teenage girl who is dragged into the adventure and sets out to deliver him to the Steam Academy, even if it’s just to stop him talking. Seb must confront an unknown past and fight against everything he believed in. And occasionally wash his hair.


I’m not a huge fan of science fiction so I’m not really sure what possessed me to pick up this book, but I did and I read it till the end.

This book has potential. Set in a world where most of the human race still rely on steam technology, a minority have totally shunned all kinds of technological advancements, while an even smaller minority have become totally reliant on advanced technology. Our main protagonist, Sebastian, travels to the military city of Isa with the help of our female protagonist, Melanie, where they face wave after wave of cyborg invasions.

What could he say? In the jaws of victory, no one had wanted to listen.
What could he say? He glanced back over his shoulder through the open gates.
He shouted. What could he say? Close the gates. They are coming.

The language kind of… varied throughout the book. There were many big words in the first ten chapters or so, like the author was trying really hard to make the book sound as nice as possible (and from what I learnt from school, you don’t really need big words to make that happen). Then the author just kind of settled into a comfortable writing style. There were some paragraphs where I felt the sentences didn’t flow, especially when the paragraph goes something like this: “He… She… He… He… She…” Makes me question what sort of audience this book is meant for.

 Sebastian had had enough. His blood was boiling. He was exhausted from the
menial tasks. He hadn’t seen anyone he liked even vaguely for months. His life
was being dominated by these greedy, lazy rednecks, and he’d had enough.

Okay either Sebastian is a really pessimistic person and hates 90% of the people he meets or he just has the unfortunate luck of meeting assholes his entire life. That’s a major problem I have with this book, do 70% of the people have to be assholes? But since those are mostly supporting characters, let’s look at the main ones instead, shall we? Let’s start with our male lead, Sebastian, who is apparently 12 but acts so bratty at times I thought he was 10 (and I honestly imagined Damian Wayne in my head every time Sebastian talked). Then there’s Melanie, our strong female lead, who then melted into a puddle of love sickness the moment she laid eyes on the “hero”.

As I said at the start, this book has potential, and I’m willing to read the next two books to see where this goes.

This might be last review on my blog for now. For now, I’m gonna post my review on Goodreads only. I’ll try to increase the variety of posts tho, like maybe bring in Top 5 Wednesday or some discussion topics or something idk.

Well, until next time!


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