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Cuttlefish by Dave Freer
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Jun 18, 2012

it was amazing
Read in May, 2012

I received this book from the author in return for an honest review.

Mr. Freer is a former Marine Biologist and was conscripted (at 17!) as a Medic in the Angdan/South African conflict. He's done all sorts of interesting (sometimes weird) jobs and you can read all about him on his website: www.davefreer.com. Oh yeah, don't be startled by the burly wild man in the photos - that's Mr. Freer!

CUTTLEFISH is a steampunk novel set in 1976. There has been a disastrous global warming and much of the world has flooded. Britain's answer was to return to military rule. The people thought it was a temporary solution, but you know how groups in power are - they like to stay in power! The story centers around two teens:

Clara Calland - on the run with her mom. Mom's a scientist who holds a secret she wants the world to share, but we all know the world never learned to share.

Tim Barnabas - a boy from the drowned tunnels of London, he signed on as a cabin boy for the submarine in order to be taken care of and to send money home for his mother.

The story centers around the group's travel iln a submarine. Even the technical parts were fascinating, due to Mr. Freer's beautiful writing. I could actually 'see' how the submarine sails worked. Wait, did I just say 'submarine sails'?! Oh yes, indeed. The submarine is amazing and I loved it!

The characters are wonderful, they come across as real people. They were, in turn, scared/nervous/angry with nothing supernatural about them. What a breath of fresh air!

So we have a fascinating submarine that has quite a few modes of energy, a scientific secret, exotic locales, two teens who are exploring the possibilities of a relationship and the possibility of spies and more. Do yourself a favor and buy this one, it's a great read and will have you daydreaming of sailing on a submarine.

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