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Fires of Invention (Mysteries of Cove) by [Savage, J. Scott]
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Length: 288 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Gr 4–8—Young lovers of dystopian steampunk may be intrigued by Savage's latest offering to the genre. Mysteries take readers underground to the cryptic Cove, a subterranean, multilevel city not unlike District 13 in Suzanne Collins's "The Hunger Games" (Scholastic) books or the "community" in Lois Lowry's The Giver (HMH, 1993), with a dash of "here be dragons" flavor for good measure. Trenton Coleman, the story's middle school-age protagonist, finds his chances of becoming one of the city's mechanics jeopardized after breaking the strictest law: that no "inventions" shall be made by anyone. The creative Trenton breaks the law, making an unapproved "device." His penance leads him to a startling discovery, and with the help of the contradictory, rule-thwarting Katrina, Trenton searches for the reason the Cove has banned all invention. As his quest deepens, he unearths more than he bargains for. While Savage's premise is interesting, heavy use of mechanical jargon and feeble character development distract from an otherwise intriguing plot. Lengthy and detailed descriptions of gears, bolts, nuts, and levers will dizzy unaccustomed readers. The compelling story arc fails to compensate for the flat, inaccessible Trenton and the fuzzily defined Katrina. Their flinty relationship, meant to be mutually sharpening, is a tiresome exercise in a youthful scuffle of wills. VERDICT Only the most avid steampunk devotees will be able to overlook the flaws in this otherwise additional purchase for middle grade collections.—Chelsea Woods, New Brunswick Free Public Library

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"Anamazing adventure that will grab hold of you and never let go.With each surprising turn, the story builds a powerful story of courage, adventure, and friendship."--Jennifer A. Nielsen, New York Times bestselling author (05/18/2015)"

With fascinating and relatable characters, amazing mysteries, and incredible amounts of conflict, "Fires of Invention" is well-written and chock full of action. Kids are going to go crazy for this book! --Peggy Eddleman, best-selling author of Sky Jumpers series (05/18/2015)"

"With fascinating and relatable characters, amazing mysteries, and incredible amounts of conflict, Fires of Invention is well-written and chock full of action. Kids are going to go crazy for this book!" --Peggy Eddleman, best-selling author of Sky Jumpers series (05/18/2015)

"An amazing adventure that will grab hold of you and never let go. With each surprising turn, the story builds a powerful story of courage, adventure, and friendship."--Jennifer A. Nielsen, New York Times bestselling author (05/18/2015)

Product details

  • File Size: 9927 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Shadow Mountain (September 29, 2015)
  • Publication Date: September 29, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B013CSPBFK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,549 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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