15 steampunk books that are so good even adults love them

by Sara Dobie Bauer
Aug 23, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. ET

The steampunk literary genre (featuring Victorian clothes, steam-powered technology and some seriously kick-ass women) is all the rage right now. What are some of the best books to get you started in this world of adventure and sometimes romance? Well, I've got 15 to get you going, but once you start, you won't be able to stop.

1 /15: 'The Diabolical Miss Hyde' by Viola Carr

1/15 :'The Diabolical Miss Hyde' by Viola Carr

Eliza hunts the "Slicer" while fighting her own dark tendencies and possible passion with the secretive Lafayette.

2 /15: 'The Goblin Emperor' by Katherine Addison

2/15 :'The Goblin Emperor' by Katherine Addison

Exiled son of the emperor finds intrigue when his family is murdered. How will he navigate new power all on his own?

3 /15: 'The Time Roads' by Beth Bernobich

3/15 :'The Time Roads' by Beth Bernobich

Scientists have already bent the laws of nature for man's benefit, and they now strive to conquer the nature of time.

4 /15: 'Affinity Bridge' by George Mann

4/15 :'Affinity Bridge' by George Mann

Newbury and Hobbes investigate a crashed airship amidst tales of a glowing policeman and zombies. 

5 /15: 'Boneshaker' by Cherie Priest

5/15 :'Boneshaker' by Cherie Priest

Sixteen years after the Boneshaker turned Seattle into a dead zone, Ezekiel goes in to change history.

6 /15: 'Breath of Earth' by Beth Cato

6/15 :'Breath of Earth' by Beth Cato

Geomancer Ingrid must stop the destruction of San Fran by earthquake with the help of sexy Cy.

7 /15: 'The Brass Giant' by Brooke Johnson

7/15 :'The Brass Giant' by Brooke Johnson

Petra is a clockwork engineer who's just been given the break of a lifetime working for the handsome Emmerich.

8 /15: 'Soulless' by Gail Carriger

8/15 :'Soulless' by Gail Carriger

Alexia must use her supernatural abilities to unravel the monsters of London's high society before it's too late.

9 /15: 'Steal the Sky' by Megan E. O'Keefe

9/15 :'Steal the Sky' by Megan E. O'Keefe

Detan, wanted con man of noble birth, plans an airship heist that puts him in the path of one ambitious royal female.

10 /15: 'Stormdancer' by Jay Kristoff

10/15 :'Stormdancer' by Jay Kristoff

Hunting a griffin means certain death, but young Yukiko survives with a dangerous battle not yet won.

11 /15: 'The Clockwork Dagger' by Beth Cato

11/15 :'The Clockwork Dagger' by Beth Cato

Medician Octavia is en route to her new assignment when an assassination attempt changes everything.

12 /15: 'Karen Memory' by Elizabeth Bear

12/15 :'Karen Memory' by Elizabeth Bear

While working in a bordello, Karen gets sucked into a murder investigation that might involve mind control.

13 /15: 'Retribution Falls' by Chris Wooding

13/15 :'Retribution Falls' by Chris Wooding

When a dangerous opportunity arises to steal a chest of gems from an airship, Frey can't pass it up.

14 /15: 'Leviathan' by Scott Westerfeld

14/15 :'Leviathan' by Scott Westerfeld

An airship sets forth for battle, entwining the lives of two enemies who may have to become friends.

15 /15: 'The Court of the Air' by Stephen Hunt

15/15 :'The Court of the Air' by Stephen Hunt

Orphans Molly and Oliver escape certain death and join forces to battle an ancient power.