This fits into the steampunk part of speculative fiction (mix of history and fantasy). It poses various what if scenarios: What if the French settled (invaded)Australia at the same time as the English? What if convicts could be made to work even harder? This is a mystery/fantasy that is mixed up with the steam era (hence steampunk) where a teenage boy Ichabod and his sidekick Clementine Arabella Oakes find themselves caught up in a mystery. It is at times a bit slow but would probably be of interest to students who enjoy series like Laws Of Magic. In some ways, it is probably misplaced in Speculative September.