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The Foundry's Edge

(The Books of Ore #1)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  153 ratings  ·  48 reviews
Two kids on a rescue mission.
A mysterious realm of living metal.
One secret that will change the world.

For Phoebe Plumm, life in affluent Meridian revolves around trading pranks with irksome servant Micah Tanner and waiting for her world-renowned father, Dr. Jules Plumm, to return home. Chief Surveyor for The Foundry, a global corporation with an absolute monopoly on techno
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published April 15th 2014 by Disney-Hyperion
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Noah Gotlibowski
Mar 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As a nine year old book fanatic I thought this book was epic I really liked the characters and liked the setting a ton poor doc... Can't wait to read the next books I wonder what is going to happen. Awesome book and it is one of my favorite books now 100 stars!
Dark Faerie Tales
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: This book wasn’t for me. I didn’t connect with the characters and spent most of the time confused.

Opening Sentence: The man in the fog was watching her.

The Review:

Phoebe Plumm’s dad helps run the Foundry, he’s the world leader in machines and all new technological advances. But it seems the Foundry might not be as innocent as citizens were led to believe. Phoebe is an escapee of the recent kidnap of her and Mr. Plumm, she teams up with one of he
Fantasy Literature
Dec 29, 2014 rated it liked it
The Foundry’s Edge, by Cam Baity and Benny Zelkowicz, is a solid MG/YA entry that, I’d say, had more potential than was met. In failing to fully take advantage of its possibilities, it never falls so far as to be a “bad” read, but it also rarely inspires or enthralls, though it picks up in the latter quarter of the novel, both in terms of action and emotion.

The story is set at first in the city of Meridian, a technologically advanced (well past any other regions) city thanks to being the home of
Jan 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Foundry’s Edge by Cam Baity and Benny Zelkowicz is a middle grade adventure that explores a fascinating alternative world with hints of steampunk and biopunk. Phoebe and Micah are two kids from different stations in the manor house who definitely don’t want to team up, but when the lord of the manor, Phoebe’s dad, gets abducted, neither is willing to to let the other take over rescuing him. The world of The Foundry’s Edge is somewhere between the Industrial Age and current day, with technolo ...more
Apr 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from Goodreads First Reads.

This book had some flaws, but it also had something most novels these days don't: originality. Young adult sci-fi/fantasy is currently inundated with vampires, magic, and likeable, plucky young heroes who somehow have all the skills necessary to win the day. And steampunk, lots and lots of steampunk.

Now, this is a steampunk novel. It's chock full of fanciful names for materials and technologies, many of which are thinly veiled analogues o
All Things Urban Fantasy
Jan 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review Courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.

A traditional set-up with a good helping of charm, THE FOUNDRY’S EDGE by Cam Baity and Benny Zelkowicz packages a lot of common YA fantasy tropes in an unconventional wrapper. Though the biggest ‘surprise’ of the novel is revealed in the first third of the book, it’s a dark twist with far-reaching consequences, and that edge turns the first Book of Ore from a predictable story to an adventure worth taking.

Though the tone can be a bit ponderous and deta
Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
If you or your child likes action-packed books set in fantastical worlds, this book is a must-read!

Phoebe's world is about to crumble when she discovers her father has been keeping a secret about his role at the Foundry. After a wild chase with the robotic minions of her father's evil boss, Phoebe finds herself on a mission - with the unlikeliest ally at her side: her father's servant's son. The two do not see eye to eye on anything, but must come to terms with their hatred for each other in or
Jeff Raymond
The Foudry's Edge is trying to be an epic steampunky/fantasy/sci-fi hybrid, but is instead extremely bloated with a cookie-cutter plot that doesn’t feel like it actually goes anywhere. It's your standard revolutionary futuristic/technopunk story with kids and none of it especially works. The book is especially bloated - at over 450 pages, it is in significant need of some pruning. The ending is also significantly tough, with a fairly pat result and what feels like a tacked-on epilogue that only ...more
Jun 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing

The Foundry's Edge takes readers of ALL ages on an exciting ride through a totally new and highly original world.
Authors Baity and Zelkowicz challenge readers to stretch their imagination and actively participate in the adventure by forming mental images of this world of living metal. Children as well as adults will be fascinated by vivid descriptions of the many unique creatures and landscapes and upon finishing the book, will anxiously await the second volume.
Read Taylor
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Finally got around to reading this after getting it for my Kindle when it first came out. As soon as i finished the first one I downloaded and read the second, and am ordering hard copies to hand off to my son.

Now I'm all jealous of Ben but will wait for the movie version to come out. Surely one is coming?
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
The tech of this world, long with long paragraphs of descriptions, just did not catch my attention. The idea of a world with living tech was a good one but the rest of the story failed to really engage me.
Carolynn Markey
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
really interesting, fast paced. unique world, but yes, much steampunk very coming of age story. Good thing I love well written steampunk coming of age stories where the young heroine is (maybe) going to rescue everyone and find out all the hidden government secretes.
Aug 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2014, children-s
The Foundry’s Edge is the first instalment in The Book of Ore and is aimed at the middle grade market. As such it is a bit younger than I usually read, but in my opinion it’s very much at the upper range and there will be plenty young adult readers who will get a kick out of this story. It’s a very fun romp with a lot of action and very cool characters. I enjoyed the book tremendously, not least because of the wonderfully inventive world of Mehk and the cool characters that inhabit it.

The narrat
Madeline (The Bookish Mutant)
Oct 04, 2016 rated it did not like it
DNF at some point. I forget exactly when. But it was very boring. In fact, I took this selfie while reading it, which I call “Selfie with Overly Fluffy Blanket and Disappointing Novel”.
But man, do I love that blanket. It has Kylo Ren on it. BUT ANYWAAAAY....
Boring book. Peace out. *insert mike drop here*
Pop Bop
Mar 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
If There Had Been A Metal Foundry in Wonderland

This may sound a bit odd, but the best way for me to describe this book is that it is a middle grade, slightly steampunk, version of "The African Queen", and I mean all of that in a good way.

The authors have created two engaging protagonists. They set them in a fascinating world, and then send them on a quest of adventure and self-discovery.

First our heroes. Phoebe Plumm is privileged and at the absolute top of the social/economic ladder. She takes
Van (Short & Sweet Reviews)
May 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Disclosure: I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

Before I get to my review, I just want to tell you guys how beautiful this book is in person. The end page (right when you open the book) has a black background with symmetrical patterns repeated from top to bottom, each page has another pattern that complements those end pages in lines/dashes and the book has silver gilded edges! That’s my favorite part of the book’s aesthetics!

I had a good idea of what typ
Oct 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 2.5 of 5

On the surface, this book sounds like it should be a run-away best-seller. Set slightly in the future, or perhaps in an alternate universe, Phoebe Plumm and Micah Tanner live in Meridian. Phoebe's father, Dr. Jules Plumm is the Chief Surveyor for The Foundry - a major corporation that has a monopoly on technology. But The Foundry has been getting its technology and resources from a strange world - one where metal comes to
Erik This Kid Reviews Books
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Synopsis- Phoebe Plumm was waiting for her dad to come back home. He was gone, probably on a work trip, but for around three months – his longest yet. One day, Phoebe’s dad is suddenly home, and they need to leave – immediately. Only, they don’t make it away in time. The two of them are captured by identical robot men. Only their housekeeper’s son, Micah, sees this happen, and he decides to rescue them. Phoebe escapes on her own, and ends up meeting up with Micah. They try to find Dr. Plumm, Pho ...more
Nov 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was given a copy of this book free for an honest review which I've given.

I really liked this book. I give it 4 1/2 stars since I didn't quite love it. I wasn't sure if I was going to when I first started it because it's very "steampunkish" in nature. Sometimes I really like that genre, other times the books aren't so great. This one fits the very good side of the genre. Some of it was hard for me to follow because there is a LOT of world-building in this book and quite a bit of nonsensical ter
Cindy Hudson
Jun 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
As the daughter of one of the Foundry’s top executives, 12-year-old Phoebe Plumm lives a privileged life in her mansion at the top of the hill. Despite the gadgets and baubles that make life easier for her, she is lonely. But her life takes a turn when she and her dad are kidnapped and the two of them are separated. With the help of Micah, a boy who works on her estate, she escapes and avoids recapture as the two of them go on a quest through a strange land to rescue her father, discovering a te ...more
Vincent Noot
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this beautiful book in the mail that has swirls, fancy letters and silver on the edge of the pages. It made me more eager to start reading. In the beginning, I thought there were too many descriptions and adverbs to keep me entertained. But as I kept reading, there were lots of interesting things described in this science fiction world I would have loved to see a picture of. Too bad they didn’t hire an illustrator to add some artwork to the story.

I liked the idea that everyt
Lulu Sully
Jun 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Hey Grown-ups: Don’t be fooled by the decision of some pin-headed editor at Hyperion to label this book as “Middle-Grade” because if you do, you’ll miss out on what is sure to become the next big literary phenom. The First Book of Ore: The Foundry’s Edge is not—repeat not—a kiddie book! Sure, young readers (at least precocious ones) are gonna love it, but the richness and complexity of the language is clearly meant to appeal to those of us who are long out of junior high. Even if you don’t read ...more
Jul 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Sean Killeen
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Foundry's Edge is a book seemingly marketed toward kids, but the sophisticated story and characters, as well as several themes and subtle references thrown in, will tell you otherwise. I am 29 years old and thoroughly enjoyed this book. I would say that a very wide age range would enjoy this story (10-60), but college age and up would get the most out of it. The story has greed, guilt, heroism, capitalism, religion, loyalty, and many other layers which make it sophisticated and very enjoyabl ...more
Hazel Tucker
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was one of the lucky few to get my hands on advance copy... Wow. Cam and Benny have dreamt up a whole new world that I'm still trying to wrap my mind around. Definitely warrants more than one read, so go ahead and buy it when it comes out on the 15th. Our two unlikely heroes are children themselves (10 and 12), just at that perfect age when adolescents are desperate to find their place in the world, and realize that adults are not the idols they once seemed. Phoebe and Micah, on a rescue missi ...more
Debbie Denny
Mar 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Phoebe Plumm lives the good life. She has a sort of mean nasty attitude towards those not in her rank and status. Micah works on Phoebe's family estate and loves to antagonize her, even though this usually lands him in trouble. When Phoebe and her Father are kidnapped it is our hero, Micah, that comes to the rescue. After some fancy footwork Micah and Phoebe must drop the walls between their lives and work together to find Phoebe's father. I love how they are whisked into the world of living me ...more
Eric Y.
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
WOW! This book hurls its readers down a completely new rabbit hole, into a strange and thrilling universe only a pair of animators could've dreamed of! When you learn the first-time authors are both seasoned animators, it makes all the more sense how boldly cinematic, and vividly stylized this work is. I found myself anxious to see how these wonderfully developed characters and insanely imaginative worlds would leap off the big screen. I would be VERY surprised if this book (apparently only the ...more
Sep 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
I liked this book, but the beginning was a little rough. The young girl was very irascible and the young boy was really irritating. Seeing them work things out and begin to grow and change as characters was very rewarding. It wasn't anything unrealistic or quick. It seemed like a natural progression. I especially liked the the new take on what we normally consider non living resources. The book keeps everything pretty simple: good is good and bad is bad. You are responsible for what you do and y ...more
Megan Christopher
Jan 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-atuf, reviewed
A traditional set-up with a good helping of charm, THE FOUNDRY’S EDGE by Cam Baity and Benny Zelkowicz packages a lot of common YA fantasy tropes in an unconventional wrapper. Though the biggest ‘surprise’ of the novel is revealed in the first third of the book, it’s a dark twist with far-reaching consequences, and that edge turns the first Book of Ore from a predictable story to an adventure worth taking.

Read the rest of this review on All Things Urban Fantasy.
+ Wonderful descriptions and writing: "Time felt like a snake shedding its skin, and the slithering of seconds and hours slowly peeled away."
+ Complex & original idea and world-building.

- I hated Phoebe (MC). She is very spoiled rich girl. She has everything and does not appreciate it. Makes pranks. Egocentric and think people do thing specifically to annoy her...
- Names are hard to remember.
- Mechans are so complex and unlike humans that sometimes I can not picture how they look
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