The Inventor's Secret

The Inventor's Secret

Paperback - 2015
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A new steampunk series from Andrea Cremer, the New York Times bestselling author of the Nightshade novels

Perfect for fans of Libba Bray's The Diviners , Cassandra Clare's Clockwork Angel, Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan and Phillip Reeve's Mortal Engines.

In this world, sixteen-year-old Charlotte and her fellow refugees have scraped out an existence on the edge of Britain's industrial empire. Though they live by the skin of their teeth, they have their health (at least when they can find enough food and avoid the Imperial Labor Gatherers) and each other. When a new exile with no memory of his escape or even his own name seeks shelter in their camp he brings new dangers with him and secrets about the terrible future that awaits all those who have struggled has to live free of the bonds of the empire's Machineworks.

Publisher: New York : Speak, 2015
ISBN: 9780147514387


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In an alternate nineteenth-century America that is still a colony of Britain's industrial empire, sixteen-year-old Charlotte and her fellow refugees' struggle to survive is interrupted by a newcomer with no memory, bearing secrets about a terrible future.

Imagine a world where steam powers everything, and America lost the Revolution--but they aren't done fighting for their freedom. Part of a series.

America lost its revolution, but patriotism is not dead. Charlotte and her fellow rebels continue to fight for freedom, but will a newcomer with no memory threaten everything they hope to accomplish? Technology: Steampunk

Pair with "Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell" by Susanna Clarke for an alternate history with magic, all wrapped up in the gear filled realities of Steampunk.

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May 27, 2015

I wasn't really impressed. This was mostly just a bunch of familiar themes thrown together: steampunk, woman who falls in love, love triangle, etc. I sort of want to keep reading but I feel it isn't worth it. There wasn't really an end to this book, so even though it's apparently a series, I don't think I'll continue.

Jun 28, 2014

Not bad. The characters and premise are interesting enough that I'll be continuing with the series.

ChristchurchLib Jun 02, 2014

"It's 1816 in America, and though the British won the Revolutionary War, the rebellion continues. Charlotte and her fellow teenage resistance fighters live in the wilderness just outside the Floating City of New York, where they dodge fearsome Imperial machines and shelter refugees. One refugee, a mysterious boy with no memories, inspires Charlotte to abandon their hiding place and brazenly infiltrate the enemy stronghold in search of answers. Steampunk technology and a tantalising love triangle add intrigue to this imaginative, alternate-history series opener from the author of the bestselling Nightshade books." Teen Scene June 2014 newsletter


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