The Tombs Hardcover – Deckle Edge, February 20, 2018
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"Likable characters and much action and adventure, including the use of more than a touch of magic, lead to a cliffhanger ending that will have teens hoping for a second installment." --Voice of Youth Advocates Reviews
"Brooklyn and New York City in an alternate, steampunk-inspired 1882--filled with airships, clockwork creatures, and an extraordinary blend of science and magic...villains who are successfully spine-chilling and provocative...With an aesthetic similar to Westerfeld's Leviathan series, the book does a lot with the actual history--however uncomfortable--and convincingly adds magical and technological possibilities, making for a gripping read." --BCCB
" - an intriguing debut set against an alluring, well-constructed backdrop. Avery's steampunk, fin de siècle New York is full of possibilities, and Schaumberg follows them to their deepest, most frightening depths." --Booklist
From the Back Cover
New York, 1882. A dark, forbidding city, and no place for a girl with unexplainable powers.
Sixteen-year-old Avery Kohl pines for the life she had before her mother was taken. She fears the mysterious men in crow masks who locked her mother in the Tombs asylum for being able to see what others couldn’t. Avery denies the signs in herself, focusing instead on her shifts at the ironworks factory and keeping her inventor father out of trouble. Other than listening to secondhand tales of adventure from her best friend, Khan, an ex-slave, and caring for her falcon, Seraphine, Avery spends her days struggling to survive.
Like her mother’s, Avery’s powers refuse to be contained. When she causes a bizarre explo-sion at the factory, she has no choice but to run from her lies, straight into the darkest corners of the city. Avery must embrace her abilities and learn to wield their power—or join her mother in the cavernous horrors of the Tombs. And the Tombs has secrets of its own: strange experiments are being performed on “patients” . . . and no one knows why.
Deborah Schaumberg’s gripping debut melds history and fantasy, taking readers on a breathless trip across a teeming turn-of-the-century New York, and asks the question: Where can you hide in a city that wants you buried?
- Publisher : HarperTeen (February 20, 2018)
- Language: : English
- Hardcover : 448 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062656449
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062656445
- Reading age : 13 - 17 years
- Grade level : 8 - 9
- Item Weight : 1.2 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1.37 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,501,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Avery was a head of her time when it came to accepting love of all color. I loved how quick the book seemed to go, but of course am wanting more! The action, learning how to control ones abilities and learning to live with the past are a huge part of this book, but as sappy as it might seem I loved the romance part in this book. Not to give anything away, but I do believe there is a love square (I yearn for a heart being tugged in all directions and the ones that feel over looked) I cannot wait to see where it goes in the next book!
2. 16 Year Old Female Lead
3. Interracial Friendships (Given the Times)
4. Mentions of Prostitution (Not Explicit)
6. Mental Institution
7. Humans with Special Abilities
8. Plot detailed but not overly
9. Appropriate amount of inner dialogue without dragging on
10. Scenes move along quickly
Thank you Deborah Schaumberg - don't stop writing!