By: EK Johnston
Published: October 3rd, 2017
Publisher: Dutton Press
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.
Honestly the first thing that got me interested in this book was the fact that it was a YA set in Canada! Those are so rare and so hard to find that I KNEW I had to read this book!
I also have a fascination with Canadian history and the different factors that have lead to Canada being the way it is (and the problems that are present). So the idea of an alternate history of Canada sounded so cool. I couldn't wait to see how changing one aspect in the past would create a completely different Canada to the one we know now.
Personally, I think that the world building in this novel was very well done and also very unique. I am very well acquainted with Canadian history and traditions so it was super fun to see what things disappeared and what things got carried through as a result of the change in history. Things like the Log Driver's Waltz and summers up at the cottage were carried through even as other things were vastly different. As well, I felt like the book did a good job of not brushing over Canada's racist and unjust past- it was mentioned and talked about by the characters- but at the same time the plot wasn't bogged down by constant analysis of how unjust Canada is/was.
Another thing I didn't expect going into this book was the LGBTQ+ representation but I thought it was very well written. The characters where so realistic and well-rounded. None of them were confined to a stereotypical portrayal of their orientation or one aspect of their personality. For anyone who is interested this book has lesbian, bisexual, intersex and demi representation in the main cast.
I would highly recommend this book if you like reading YA set in Canada, historical fiction/romance or are looking for some good LGBTQ representation!