In this world, 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 and each other. When a new exile with no memory of his escape 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 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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by Andrea Cremer
by Simon R. Green
by Rhonda Byrne
"Leslie Bellair narrates CremerÕs story of an alternative America, a steampunk land that lost the Revolutionary War and suffers as an oppressed British territory. BellairÕs lilting voice suits the character of 16-year-old Charlotte, who lives in hiding as a member of the American resistance movement. In the dialogue, Bellair captures CharlotteÕs concern for her new friend, Grave, and the earnest hopes of both young people as they journey to the city to discover GraveÕs identity. In the narrative, however, BellairÕs delivery is clipped and brisk, creating an overly perky effect that might have been softened by more fluid phrasing. CremerÕs inventive mechanical creatures and sympathetic characters help smooth the stiff presentation. Curiosity about CharlotteÕs suitors and GraveÕs past will keep listeners attentiveÑas will the cliff-hanger ending, which promises future installments. C.A. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"
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