Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Inventors Secret, by Andrea Cremer

The book The Inventor’s Secret by Andrea Cremer takes place in an alternate steampunk universe, where America never won it’s independence. A boy being chased by robots is brought to the catacombs by a girl named Charlotte, where he meets the kids living there (Grave, Pip, Ashley, Jack, Birch, Meg, and Scoff are the main ones) . 

The kids who live there are hiding from the British empire, for they are against British rule. The boy is given the name Grave because he cannot remember anything of his past except a man talking about a grave time. Charlotte and her friends head off on an action packed journey, finding out who or what Grave is. I did enjoy this book. It is an action packed one with great fight scenes. From guns to melee combat you’ll get your share of action. 

It’s also interesting as a “What-If?” sort of novel as it shows a possibility if America was still under British rule in 1816 with a steampunk atmosphere. I especially liked the floating cities of New York part. I like the story and characters in the book also. Each coming alive with their own realistic personalities. The dramatic story is also pretty good, but I will not discuss it for the sake of spoilers. I recommend it to anyone who likes steampunk or action.One thing that may draw some readers away is Charlotte’s romance problem. I didn’t really like it, but Charlotte is a girl, so it was bound to happen sometime. This is a teen book and it has some gore and violence, which is a given. Overall it is a good book for action fans or anyone else interested in a aspect of the book. I give it a 3.8 out of 5.

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