What if America did not win the Revolutionary war? In a steampunk version of the year 1816, 88 years after the revolt began Charlotte and her friends live in an cavern waiting for the day that they too will be old enough to join the resistance. Everything is going as usual until the day that Charlotte brings to the Catacombs a boy with amnesia who they call Grave. Plans begin to take shape and the main characters are thrust out of their hiding into the cultured world outside.
This novel, The Inventor’s Secret by Andrea Creamer, is absolutely amazing. This is the first steampunk book that I have read and I loved it from start to finish. Andrea Cremer builds an extravagant world of unusual machines, and cultured society in a way that it feels real.
She could just make out the shape of the Pisces’s smaller side fins and massive tail. the entire submersible was covered in hammered metal scales that shifted from bright gold to onyx as they opened and closed, channeling water that would help power the vessel.
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Andrea Creamer also designs amazing machines from the Pisces, a large fish shaped submarine, to the floating city of New York is imaginative and fun. Even the weapons are cool. The Pisces has a large hot water cannon and Charlotte sometimes has her favorite gun POC (Polar Oppositional Carbine), a magnet gun, that she calls pocky.
While all of the machines that Andrea Cremer designs that is not even the best part of the book. I would say that if someone was to read the book they should read it to know the characters. Each and every one of the characters has their own unique qualities. Each and every one of them is lovable. Charlotte is a strong female character who is sarcastic, a great fighter, and determined. She is often angered by her brother, the leader of the Catacombs, Ashley. Ashley is the responsible leader who tries to keep everything under control. Jack, other than grave, is the newest person there and is also pretty sarcastic and often gets on Charlotte’s nerves. Meg is the kind caring mother figure. These are not even all of the characters there is Scoff, Pip, Grave, Birch, Coe, Linnette, Lord Ott and others. All of them feel so real that its amazing.
Grave continued his methodic sorting of parts-for it being his first time, he caught on quickly. “Does anyone think the empire is good?”
“The Brits.” she laughed coldly. “It’s working out beautifully for them.”
As far as the story goes I would say that it is enticing, but also slow at the same time. It takes quite a bit of time to get to where it is going, but it constantly keeps you getting more information. There really isn’t a part of the story where it feels overly dull, but it isn’t the fastest story either. Andrea Creamer does a really good job at milking the romance in this book. A large portion of the action has to do with the romance between Charlotte and Jack. The romance really keeps you wanting to read, and also one really good thing is that there isn’t actually a love triangle in this book. You could kind of say its one, but I didn’t feel anywhere near equally about the second guy.
Overall this is a really good book with lovable characters, an extensive and elaborate world with a somewhat slow plot. I would highly suggest the book with a couple of warnings. First, the book does have some graphic violence during a couple of chapters, including things such as seeing a person’s guts and having large rats practically explode. Second, I would warn about the romantic morals in this book. For people like me who don’t really like unfaithfulness and scenes that could be explicit I would warn that this book does have some of that, but it is not to the point that you couldn’t enjoy the book.