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The Inventor's Secret (The Inventor's Secret #1)

3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  1,407 ratings  ·  280 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published April 22nd 2014 by Philomel
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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
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I was at the library when this little fellow caught my eye. "Hey!" it called from the "New Books" section. "Pick me! Pick me!" But I was determined to ignore it's pleas to be read.

But it was steampunk.
And it was third person (I'm sick of first person!)

"Oh, I'll just check it out. If it's bad, I can always laugh about it."

And I'm glad I did! It's far from perfect, but it's one of the better "New YA Fiction" I've read this year. Let me break it down for ya.



This is an enjoyable and entertaining read, but, to me, it lacks depth.

This book is an alternate history story. It explores the idea of what America would be like if the British won the Revolutionary war. The British control the country from the Empire, which is located in NYC.
Our main character, Charlotte, is part of the resistance, living in underground catacombs. Teens live in these catacombs until they are old enough to join the adults in fighting the British control.

Along with this aw
Je suis contente d'avoir persévérer parce que j'ai plutôt bien aimé, au final.
En ce moment, c'est un passage à vide niveaux lectures, je suis un peu laborieuse. J'ai eu du mal à rentrer dans l'histoire, à m'investir dans l'intrigue et les personnages. Il y a quelques détails qui me gênent (encore un triangle amoureux à l'horizon ?). Mais j'ai vraiment bien apprécié les 200 dernières pages qui m'ont plutôt captivée au fur et à mesure et la fin me donne envie de lire la suite... évidemment : je n
Jessica (Goldenfurpro)
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I wasn't expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did! I haven't exactly been seeing raving reviews on this book and after reading Bloodrose, I had mixed feelings on Andrea Cremer's books. This book actually exceeded my expectations and I ended up enjoying it!

This book takes place in the early nineteenth century, in an alternate timeline where the British won the Revolutionary War. The Empire has been punishing the descendant
The American Revolutionary War was a failure. British justice was swift and merciless. Sixteen-year-old Charlotte is the daughter of resistance fighters, hiding out with other children in a network of caves, safe until they are old enough to join the fight. When a new exile with no memory escapes from the floating city of New York, he brings with him a lot of questions and plenty of danger.

This alternative history steampunk novel had some really great world building. Boston is a penal colony whe
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
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
OMG, Andrea has done it again! I liked NIGHTSHADE, I loved RIFT and RISE, and I LOVED LOVED LOVED The Inventor's Secret! I started it on the airplane and I read, and read, and read, until I finished it. It was one of those books that I kept telling myself to SLOW DOWN because I wanted it to last longer but I couldn't stop turning the pages. The world-building was flawless, the steampunk aspects were fascinating, the romance was angsty and delicious (MILITARY PILOTS!), and the characters were wel ...more
A good YA book, with lots of imagination and a good romantic tension. I'm looking forward to read the sequel!

Le Secret de l'Inventeur est typiquement de ce genre de coup de cœur que l'on voit arriver dès les premiers chapitres. L'univers tout juste effleuré, les personnages principaux rencontrés, le style d'Andrea Cremer découvert, suffisent à révéler le potentiel fantastique de ce récit en quelques pages à peine.

Dans Le Secret de l'Inventeur on découvre une version alternative de l'histoire où l'empire britannique a étouffé la tentative d'indépendance américaine. Dans ce mo
First Look:I love the premise of this. BritishEmpire where the American Revolution never took place? It's an interesting concept, and even more so when you throw steampunk into the mix. This was actually one of the very first books I ever marked as "to-read" on Goodreads, even before it had a cover image, but I never got around to reading it until recently.

The idea was there, but the execution didn't follow through. We're told that there's a revolution brewing, but we only see this throu
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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
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
The world is clearly great and strange but in a good way. I really like how the book start with the mystery about the boy but the second part is a lot more about romance and charlotte's feeling, I think we kind of lost the spirit of the story but I will read book two because it was still good
Je n’ai jamais lu de roman steampunk de ma vie et ce livre m’a permis de découvrir ce genre très particulier. Je connais Andrea Cremer de nom pour sa trilogie Nightshade mais j’étais curieux de la lire dans un registre différent, plus novateur, comme c’est le cas avec Le Secret de l’Inventeur. Je ressors de cette lecture satisfait et émerveillé par l’imagination impressionnante de l’auteur. On est plongé dans l’Empire britannique, dans une réalité alternative où la rébellion qui a permis l
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.
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.
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! ^_^
May 11, 2015 Bianca rated it 3 of 5 stars
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If I were able to I would give this book 3.5 stars because this book was not extremely compelling but also not extremely boring. This steampunk history revision runs in the same line as the Leviathan series by Scott Westerfeld but doesn't quite excel at sparking and keeping my interest like those books did. The plot seems to run amuck never quite solidifying and moving much to slowly to really render a need for so many pages. The action that was promised doesn't really come until you are halfway ...more
The Inventor’s Secret is a mix of steampunk adventure, romance and dystopian elements. The book focuses on Charlotte, a girl who seeks out dangerous missions to help their resistance of teenagers in the Catacombs. Her brother Ash is in charge until he turns 18 and his friend Jack seems to have sparked an sudden romantic interest in his little sister. Things change when they find a boy they name Grave being attacked by one of the devices meant to hunt and kill. Charlotte brings him back and they ...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
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
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
I enjoyed this book but it did have a few things that really annoyed me. One was Coe. I do not like Coe. at. all. I have no idea why too. He just gives me the creeps. "My brother likes this girl so I must too" oh okay ya right buddy
Also I'm still not 100% with the whole magic mythology stuff. I kind of get the mythology because its not real, just aspects represented through figures.
Still I read it quick and the characters for the most part were enjoyable. At times Charlotte got a bit annoyi
Tout d’abord, je remercie Emily et les éditions Lumen pour leur confiance. Cette maison d’édition fait maintenant partie de mes préférées ! Je suis ravie d’avoir reçu ce premier tome qui propose un titre accrocheur et surtout un univers original, agrémenté de steampunk, à savoir un monde rétrofuturiste, peuplé de machines et de robots. D’ailleurs, l’objet-livre est si bien travaillé que l’on se demande s’il ne vient pas d’un autre monde… Il a tout à fait sa place dans ma bibliothèque !

Même si le
À lire et écouter tous les commentaires suscités par ce livre, je m’attendais presque à découvrir un chef-d’œuvre de la littérature jeunesse. Et si j’ai trouvé ma lecture relativement agréable et divertissante, elle n’a pas suscité chez moi d’enthousiasme débordant. Il manquait, pour moi, un petit quelque chose…
L’idée de départ est plutôt originale et part d’un postulat assez simple : les États-Unis d’Amérique n’existent pas. Dans ce XIXe siècle alternatif, la Guerre d’Indépendance a été un éch
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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
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