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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...more
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Expected publication: April 22nd 2014 by Philomel
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Scott
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I wasn't a fan of Andrea Cremer's Nightshade series, but I decided to read The Inventor's Secret because I absolutely loved its premise. An alternate history, steampunk novel that explores what if the British won the Revolutionary War? Count me in! The major problem with The Inventor's Secret is that Cremer focuses on an illogical romance and plot and never really lets the steampunk elements fully take off. So much of The Inventor's Se...more
Damieka
Feb 06, 2013 Damieka marked it as to-read
I'm actually really excited for this one. Since Rift is a lot better than Nightshade, I honestly think Cremer's stronge suit is historical/fantasy fiction. And the idea for this one sounds really cool :)
Chelsea
I've never read Andrea Cremer before, and I'm not a particular fan of steampunk, so I was surprised to enjoy this book as much as I did. I'm a sucker for a good cast of characters, and I really enjoyed getting to know this group of allies. Cremer's world-building is also excellent. Despite a few info-dumping sections, she allows readers to decipher her world gradually and organically from the story. And what a fascinating world! Exploring what might have happened if the US lost the Revolutionary...more
C.J. Nestor
Picked up an ARC for free with a promise of review, so here we go:

I enjoyed it. The plotline is pretty typical YA fare, and if you're genre-conscious at all, you'll see everything coming half a mile away. What really works for it here, though, is the setting. Cremer's history background really comes through in creating a Steampunk America still under British control, and everything from the etiquette to the dress feels authentic. It really brings an air of authority to the entire proceeding.

If y...more
Lura
Jan 10, 2011 Lura marked it as to-read
If it's possible, I think I may be more excited about this novel than I am about Nightshade! ^_^
Hermeslives
I received the signed uncorrected galleys for this book at NYCC in October. It had taken a spot next to my bed and I picked it at random as my next read. Well, I was delighted.

This book has everything you could want; romance, mystery and a brilliant steampunk landscape. The main characters are pretty 3 dimensional and everyone in this book is flawed to the point that every single person gets on your nerves at some point. Some of the surrounding characters could be more fleshed out, but this was...more
Cornmaven
I received this as an ARC in a GoodReads giveaway. I was looking forward to reading this book, as I have enjoyed just about every other steampunk novel/short story anthology I have read in the past.

Unfortunately, this one was just not for me. I would classify this as chicklit steampunk, for the following reasons:

1. There is little action in the first 100 pages (I got to 106 before I abandoned it, which shows I tried, I really tried). The beginning seemed promising, but then it quickly morphed i...more
pdarnold
Steampunk Pisces sub? Oh yeah! Flying steampunk dragonfly - even better! Loved the world building and the era setting. The revolution between America and Britain... toss it in favor for the Brits. Yet, we continue to fight. Now, I do realize this is modeled for the YA market, but I guess I am not one who usually goes all gooey for love interest angst, even worse, a love triangle (Jacky Faber aka Bloody Jack aside). Otherwise, I would have given this 4 stars.

Strong female roles along with no smal...more
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Amy Ariel
It was a good choice: Taking my first adventure into steampunk with Andrea Cremer former Macalester history professor whose research focused on the intersection of religion, gender, and violence in the British colonies. Here she asks what North American society might have looked like had the Revolution failed. The band of teenagers at the center of The Inventor's Secret are still resisting British rule in 1816 just after the Napoleonic Wars conclude in Europe. Well-paced and dramatically told, t...more
Nari
Thank you to Goodreads and to Penguin Teens for an advanced copy of this book!

First of all, let me get this out of the way: I am not much of a steampunk reader. That being said, I did enjoy reading THE INVENTOR'S SECRET. It's a fun book with an intriguing premise. I like the alternate history aspect of the book coupled with the speculative elements of steampunk (which is very reminiscent of Scott Westerfeld's LEVIATHAN). The protagonist, Charlotte, is feisty and brave, a wonderful addition to th...more
Nicole
Aug 01, 2012 Nicole marked it as to-read
I can't decide if I want to read this. It sounds interesting but what if I read it and then my heart gets broken like in Bloodrose??? I don't want to fall in love with a character and then see them get treated like shit! *sigh* Indecisive about this one.
Emily
My very first steampunk novel! In retrospect, I should have done a little pre-reading research because even though I thought I knew enough about it (I had a sense of what the clothes might look like), I really didn't. As a result, I had difficulty visualizing much of the mechanical landscape Cremer describes.

I was particularly interested in the premise (the colonists don't win the Revolutionary War and the main character is a child of several resistance fighters living independently with other r...more
Norah Leighton
hello all. so first off i want to say thank you to goodreads because i won an advance copy of this book which was pretty cool. i have only ever read one other novel by this author before and it was co-written with someone else. this book appealed to me as soon as i heard about it. steampunk with a female heroine and the cover looked great. i really wanted to like this book, really i did. but to be totally honest, i didn't love it. i felt the characters weren't fleshed out enough to be compelling...more
Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
Steampunk series from the I-think-she-has-a-PhD-in-history-and-even-if-she-doesn't-she's-a-freaking-legit-history-PROFESSOR Andrea Cremer? Oh I am there.
Giselle at Book Nerd Canada
Awww they changed the cover.. The heart on the ARC looks so much more intriguing.. Well at least they changed it before the series was out!
Vikki VanSickle
If you're in the mood for an engrossing steam-punk romp, this book is for you. Cremer creates an alternate universe in 18th century America with lots of weird, cool machinery. The novel begins with a great chase scene and we are introduced to a group of children, the offspring of the resistance, living in secret in a fantastic underground lair. Think Lost Boys from Peter Pan, only less bratty and with way more female characters. The story eventually shifts to a floating city- a great mix of Dick...more
Jill
I won this book from Goodreads First Reads, and I'm very glad.

Andrea Cremer takes readers on an action-packed adventure in 1800's North America. The Inventor's Secret is the first of a young adult steampunk series, and a very promising one at that.

16 year old Charlotte is the main character of the series, and is definitely an ideal heroine. Brave, caring, and modest, young Charlotte must face many adventures and unfortunately runs into trouble along the way. With a mysterious boy, love, and lots...more
Laura
Really not a huge fan of the whole steampunk genre, but I do like Cremer's work. This is one of those revisionist history books, a world in which the British won the Revolutionary War and have instituted a system of indentured servitude to keep the continued insurrection under control. No surprises, that's not working well. Charlotte's life for the past few years has been one of hiding with a number of other under-18s in a cave (a series of caves, actually) north of New York City, raiding and tr...more
Carmen
Feb 10, 2012 Carmen marked it as to-read
It's steampunk, Summer.....
Chi-chi
I love Andrea Cremer’s Nightshade and Rift series, so I was really excited to hear she was working on a new book called The Inventor’s Secret. When I found out it was a steampunk novel – excitement gone.

I think the genre is based on an interesting concept, but I seldom see it done well. Steampunk is usually all about the gadgets and machinery and costumes and conventions and ugh. It just gets so overdone. So when I received the ARC for The Inventor’s Secret featuring the tagline – “What if the B...more
Adelynne
DNF

Once I got to the point where the romance became more apparent, I gave up. The main character was extremely annoying at times, and I just.... ugh. The book had so much potential.... WHY??? The plot, the characters; everything just pissed me off. Except for the world building. That was pretty decent.

I really don't want to give this a one star, but it was just too boring.
Toby Sorge
This book had some ups and some downs. I was intrigued by the premise, what if the British won the Revolutionary War? It was those parts, the historical fiction, that really pulled me. However, I tended to get lost when the emphasis turned to the steampunk aspects. Cremer seemed to want the writing to be more about that and maybe if she focused on that the book would have worked more. The characters do have some great depth to them and I was intrigued by the love triangle. Overall, I hope the se...more
Jeff
Mar 22, 2014 Jeff marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Thank you. I just won this book in a first reads giveaway. I will read and comment once I get the book.
Edward Burke
I cannot wait for this book. I loveAndrea Cremer.
Kim
Charlotte and her friends and family are on the wrong side of the Revolution in this alternative history of the US if the British had won. Steam punk, adventure--I'll definitely keep reading.
Lisa
A steampunk adventure set in an alternate USA, this novel is chock full of rich characterizations, meaty plots and heady romance.

Combining Greek gods with Christianity, post-slavery US with indentured servitude and technology with magic, The Inventor's Secret creates an enticing world you'll never want to leave.
Emily
Jan 27, 2014 Emily marked it as to-read
Did someone say steam punk? Count me in.
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Andrea Cremer is the author of the internationally bestselling Nightshade series. She spent her childhood daydreaming and roaming the forests and lakeshores of Northern Wisconsin.

Andrea has always loved writing and has never stopped writing, but she only recently plunged into the deep end of the pool that is professional writing. Before she wrote her first novel, Andrea was a history professor at...more
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