The Inventor's Secret - YA Review by Simon DS

Reader: Simon D-S
Age: 13
Title: The Inventor's Secret
Author: Andrea Cremer
Publisher: Philomel 
Pub Date: 04/22/14
Galley: Yes
Top 25: Yes
Convince us to read the book: I thought one of the best qualities of this book was the imagery. When the author describes the vast, floating city of New York, for example, she does so wonderfully. I could totally picture the trolleys, people, and metal forests. I also liked her characters. They all had a certain swagger about them, and I never had trouble telling them apart, which gets annoying in other books.  Finally, the author is also very adept at crafting a plot. I was always waiting to see what new development would occur on the next page.
Memorable or Forgettable:  I loved the steampunk universe that the author created. I felt like every corner of the world was mapped out, with the book going into a nice amount of detail about foreign countries such as Spain and France. She also went into depth on the small things, such as religion and swearing, but also things like metal flowers and trees.
Cover: The cover attracted my curiosity, but, after reading it, it was only kind of connected to the book. Still, it was an okay cover, but it will probably get changed anyway.
Age Range: 12 through 17
Quality: 4Q Better than most
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal
Annotation:  In a steampunk world, after the British Empire won the Revolutionary War, a young Patriot named Charlotte finds a boy in the woods, running from British war machines. When he claims he cannot remember anything, she and the other rebels with her decide find his true origin by going to the heart of the Empire: New York.

tags:  science fiction / steampunk / dystopian / Inventor's Secret / ya lit

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