I am a huge fan of the Vengeance Road series. I was lucky enough to read an early copy of Retribution Rails, and it is certainly one of my favorite books of the year so far. Erin Bowman’s world building and dialogue is expertly done and some of the best I’ve had the pleasure of reading.
One of my favorite things about Retribution Rails is that one of the main characters in the story, Charlotte Vaughn, is an aspiring journalist, and her dream is to follow in the footsteps of actual journalist from that time period, Nellie Bly!
I loved learning about Nellie in this book, and wanted to find out even more about her after I was done. Here are a few fun facts about this inspirational woman!
About Nellie Bly
Nellie was born on May 5, 1864.
Nellie was a ground-breaking American journalist.
Nellie was well-known for her record-breaking trip around the world in 72 days, which was inspired by Jules Verne’s book.
Nellie once faked insanity in order to study and report on an insane asylum from within.
Her journalistic career was launched when she wrote a rebuttal to a highly aggressive and misogynistic article in a newspaper called “What Girls are Good For.” The editor was so impressed with her writing, he offered her the opportunity to write another piece for the newspaper.
Nellie was a writer, industrialist, inventor, and charity worker.
Nellie was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1998.
About Retribution Rails
Title: Retribution Rails
Author: Erin Bowman
Pub. Date: November 7, 2017
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
REDEMPTION IS NEVER FREE
When Reece Murphy is forcibly dragged into the Rose Riders gang because of a mysterious gold coin in his possession, he vows to find the man who gave him the piece and turn him over to the gang in exchange for freedom. Never does he expect a lead to come from an aspiring female journalist. But when Reece’s path crosses with Charlotte Vaughn after a botched train robbery and she mentions a promising rumor about a gunslinger from Prescott, it becomes apparent that she will be his ticket to freedom—or a noose. As the two manipulate each other for their own ends, past secrets are unearthed, reviving a decade-old quest for revenge that may be impossible to settle.
In this thrilling companion to Vengeance Road, dangerous alliances are formed, old friends meet new enemies, and the West is wilder than ever.
Have your read Vengeance Road just yet? Will you be reading Retribution Rails when it hits shelves in November?