I have an idea in my brain that I'd like to explore- steampunk world with contemporary speech. It would have classic elements to the original genre (not just a modern fashion statement, but the classic little man versus the corrupt, industrial state dichotomy). The technology aspect would be plot driven- in the fact, at the core of the concept. But I want the teen readers concerned with the plot and characters, not with the peculiar way they speak. I don't want to risk alienating my young adult audience with quaint speech patterns. So my question is, can a contemporary voice work in such a story given so many steampunk books are set in the Victorian era? (Just fyi- this would not be set on earth, but on its own world). What are some examples of contemporary-sounding characters in what you would typically consider period works that are executed successfully and believably (without resorting to time-travel or some other similar plot device)?