Waiting on…THE INVENTOR’S SECRET by Andrea Cremer

Posted 26 June, 2013 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 24 Comments

Ooh, a new book from Andrea Cremer!! And, done right, I do so enjoy a good steampunk story (of course, it can go terribly wrong, if not done right. We’ll see. Andrea Cremer has a good track record with me so I’ve got my fingers crossed.)

As for the cover…meh. It looks like so many other steampunk-y books, so you definitely know the genre, but it doesn’t really stand out to me. I do love the title font, though. The color’s subtle and the clockwork heart’s a bit creepy. *shrugs* What do you think?

YA Steampunk
336 pages, hardcover
Expected publication: April 22, 2014
Publisher: Philomel

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.

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24 Responses to “Waiting on…THE INVENTOR’S SECRET by Andrea Cremer”

  1. Andrea Cremer and I have a very … strained relationship. After the end of the Nightshade series I was furious. She started to win me back with the prequels and now with the Legacy series I’m hopeful.

    But I also realize she could smash my tenuous hope with a few strokes of the keyboard.

    I’m not a huge steampunk fan, but I’m vaguely curious about this. And you’re right – the cover really does nothing.

    • I do so hate when they smash hope with keyboards. It’s just so mean. But I totally get what you’re saying — I have a couple of authors with whom I have strained reading relationships, too!

  2. Oooo Mary! I had no idea Andrea was writing a steampunk series! AWESOME! She is a writing machine, I know she just had Invisibility out and I think Snakeroot comes out in the fall and then this one next spring. She’s on a roll. Thanks for putting this one on my radar, I don’t want to miss out on it!

  3. Ooh I really love the font. I like Melissa’s idea of a heartpunk locket. 😀 Maybe it’s better as jewelry than a cover image. I am SO pumped to read this, I hope Cremer does the genre proud!

  4. I ADORE alternate history steampunk! I mean, I love steampunk any way I can get it, but AH is my favorite kind. And I’m curious to see how Cremer will handle it since her books rarely work for me. Still, I’m optimistic.

  5. I’m really interested to try this one-I tend to find Cremer’s writing compulsively readable so I will probably fly through it even if the plot doesn’t really appeal to me.