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The Steam Mole

(Cuttlefish #2)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  49 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Steampunk adventure with an environmental point. After a daring chase across the globe, Tim Barnabas and Clara Calland have brought Clara's scientist father's secret formula to Westralia. Here, much of Australia is simply too hot to be habitable by day. Duke Malcolm, of the Imperial Security Service, transports Claras rebel-father to a prison in Eastern Australia, hoping t ...more
Hardcover, 300 pages
Published December 4th 2012 by Prometheus Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Mary Catelli
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
The sequel to Cuttlefish. Spoilers ahead

It opens with Tim on the title machine, and hating it. And backfills with the story: in which, having arrived at Weststralia, Clara's mother falls ill. And the captain of the Cuttlefish discusses their shortage of money. The crew go to take jobs, and Clara is filled with frustration, even though the family taking her in is being kind. Meanwhile, Duke Malcolm has decided to use Clara's father as bait to catch her.

It involves complications when a doctor is s
Bill Bowne
Oct 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Some clever ideas. Definitely a YA book, but not insultingly or patronizingly so. I enjoyed it -- and I'm pushing 65.
Jan 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Cover Blurb: Yes or No? No. Yet more character impersonators (and that kid looks nothing like how I imagine Tim), and it's just kind of boring.

Characters: The two protagonists have actually improved since Cuttlefish. Tim doesn't harp on the race issue nearly as much as he did in the previous book, and Clara has abandoned her feminist attitude, while still maintaining her adventurous and resourceful streak. Linda would have been a good addition to the cast, except she was, in so many ways, so muc
Dark Matter
Jan 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This review was written by Rebecca Muir for Dark Matter Zine. This and more reviews, interviews etc are on Dark Matter Zine, an online magazine.

The Steam Mole is the sequel to Dave Freer’s alternate history novel, Cuttlefish. The world of Cuttlefish and The Steam Mole diverged from ours with a quarrel between two scientists who were engaged to be married. In our world, they were married and developed a process to synthesise ammonia. In Dave Freer’s world, the marr
Lovey Dovey Books
Dec 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Dave Freer's Cuttlefish laid the perfect foundation to Clara and Tim's story, from their blooming friendship to their dangerous adventure. After many days dodging Duke Malcolm's army, Clara and the other residents of the Cuttlefish have finally made it to the Republic of Westralia. Their journey begins anew in The Steam Mole as they adapt to life on land and all the trials that follow.

What I love about Cuttlefish and The Steam Mole is how consistent Freer remains with the steampunk and science-f
Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Alix
Cover Story: Electric Boogaloo
BFF Charm: Make It Rain
Swoonworthy Scale: 7.5
Talky Talk: Action Packed, with a Touch of Mockingjay Syndrome
Bonus Factors: Alternative History, Paul Revere
Anti-Bonus Factor: Racism
Relationship Status: Going Steady

Read the full book report here.
Mike Kabongo
Dec 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Just plain fun. The kids continue their adventures, fleeing the British empire and having brushes with death and dipsticks right, left and center. Freer's ability to keep you engaged with characters is second to none.
Alix West
Oct 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: steampunk, juvenile
These books are super fun. Clara is such a BAMF. Read my full review at Forever Young Adult.
Heidi J.
Aug 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, this book certainly immersed me in the Australian desert! I enjoyed it as much as I did Cuttlefish.
Nov 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars - it took a little while to get started but once it did it moved along nicely. The ending was a bit facile but I can handle that.
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Shelves: 2013-new
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