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 from the coastal cities 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.
The Inventor’s Secret is the first book of a YA steampunk series set in an alternate nineteenth-century North America where the Revolutionary War never took place and the British Empire has expanded into a global juggernaut propelled by marvelous and horrible machinery.
Review by Jane
The Inventors Secret is a third person, steampunk book set in an industrial Britain. The world building itself is very fun and fits perfectly into the steampunk vibe while still being easy to understand. I personally love the quirky ships and machines throughout the book. The main character, Charlotte, is absolutely amazing and fun to follow. She is very relatable and even when she might make an odd decision, she stays a good, strong character. The other characters have good qualities and definitely set themselves out. The pacing of the book is very good too, it never gets too fast or slow, it stays consistent. It picks up when it needs to and makes sure you stay enveloped within the story. The way the book also describes the class systems between the people and cities is neat to see, especially from the perspective of a character who doesn’t have much. This story is the first of a series and definitely deserves more love. It has good qualities and really is a good story. It also has amazing quirks and turns throughout the book. I loved every bit of it and am now awaiting the next book to arrive in the mail so I can continue this great series.
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