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Blurb (from Goodreads):
One determined girl. One resourceful boy. One miracle machine that could destroy everything.
After an unexplained flash shatters her world, seventeen-year-old Eyelet Elsworth sets out to find the Illuminator, her father’s prized invention. With it, she hopes to cure herself of her debilitating seizures before Professor Smrt—her father’s arch nemesis—discovers her secret and locks her away in an asylum.
Pursued by Smrt, Eyelet locates the Illuminator only to see it whisked away. She follows the thief into the world of the unknown, compelled not only by her quest but by the allure of the stranger—Urlick Babbit—who harbors secrets of his own.
Together, they endure deadly Vapours and criminal-infested woods in pursuit of the same prize, only to discover the miracle machine they hoped would solve their problems may in fact be their biggest problem of all.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
“I’ll fire up the Great Illuminator and use it to cure myself of these hideous seizures one and for all.”
This was an okay YA steampunk story, but I did lose interest in places.
Eyelet (and sorry, I don’t like her name), was a bit of a flighty girl, constantly getting odd ideas in her head and chasing after them, no matter the consequences. She did improve a bit towards the end of the book, and I did feel sorry for her when she lost her mother the way she did, but she still came across as rather immature.
The storyline in this was a bit confusing for me, and I struggled to understand what exactly was happening at points. I also had some questions over the world building, surely a world without sunlight wouldn’t survive for long? Surely sunlight is necessary for crops to grow? And even for creating power?
There was a little bit of romance in this, but it was pretty obvious.
The ending to this was a bit of a cliff-hanger, although it seemed like Eyelet had already got a plan in place to solve it.
6 out of 10