There are more elements of steampunk in this second Parasol Protectorate (I love the name of the series!) novel than in the second one, which was interesting. I liked that Carriger wasn’t overly obsessed with giving a gear by gear explanation of how those crazy gadgets and machinations worked.
The mystery in this book unfolded much more slowly than the first one. I was eased into it so delicately that I didn’t realize what the plot of the book was until almost at the apex. There are a lot of going-ons in this book, but they do tie neatly together. The solution to the mystery was pretty anti-climatic.
I’d like to say that there’s more character building in Changeless, but there isn’t. All the characters are still very one-dimensional to the point of being annoying. Ivy and her crazy hats and dim-wittedness. The mean half-sister and her self-centeredness. Alexia and her ample, heaving bossoms. Lord Maccon and his yelling and Scottishness.
The ending was kind of abrupt with a lot of things resolving and happening at once to ultimately fall off at a soap-operaish cliffhanger. Before that part, I was ambivalent about reading the third book, but now I *have* to know what happens.
Changeless isn’t the most deep or thought-provoking book I’ve read, but Carriger has a way of words and the book is fun and light-hearted.