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THE INVENTOR'S SECRET
Genre: Young Adult, Historical
Cremer once again proves her ability to build an intriguing world, using an exciting and less common concept in YA: alternate history. The historical relevancy here is spot-on. However, the descriptions of steampunk technology become exhausting, and this reader had a hard time connecting to the large cast of characters, who could’ve been fleshed out further. But overall this is a fun, original read.
What if the colonies didn’t win the Revolutionary War? What would steampunk-era America look like? Charlotte is a colonial refugee, hiding from indentured servitude with other young adults while their parents mobilize a resistance. But a mysterious new exile invites dangers that test their fleeting ability to survive in the imperial British Empire. (PHILOMEL, Apr., 336 pp., $18.99, ISBN: 9780399159626, HC, 13 & Up)
Reviewed By: Kelly Brennan
Published: April 2014