The Clockwork Angel (Infernal Devices, Book 1)

Clockwork Angel - Cassandra Clare Having read all of the Mortal Instruments series, I decided to pick up Clockwork Angel. Though some feel that Clare writes like a drunken monkey, with the exception of the last book City of Angels, I thought that she had an interesting world and story. Yes, yes, I know that Clary is irritating, but is she really any worse than Bella Swan, Rose Hathaway, Elena Gilbert, Sookie Stackhouse or Merit? I have come to expect the desire to see a house fall on female protagonists in this genre.From the very beginning I did not like Tessa Grey. How is it that you can know someone for five minutes and then decide that they should tell you why they are an orphan and their personal painful life history?In this book for the first time, Clare decided to introduce a disabled character. The disableism throughout the story was disgusting. Jem was actively told that no one blamed him for his disability. Really? No, I mean Really? Basically, he was forced into the role of super crip and still was not accepted by his community. Outside of Will, the paternalism with which he is treated is ignored, and the reader is expected to pity him as a tragic hero.This of course proves my theory that unless you have an ism, or are intimately connected with someone who does, research is vital. I think that Clare was so committed to printing quotes from Dickens and the like that she could not be bothered to read anything else.Read More