Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Book Review: Mysteries of Cove Fires of Invention

I know today is Writer Goal Wednesday, but I am just plugging along with revisions and don't have anything great to report. I'm hoping this week will be my breakthrough week!  

But I do have something awesome to tell you about!

I have been so excited for this book to be on the shelves and it finally is! We are big J. Scott Savage fans at our house and loved Mysteries of Cove. The author is so incredibly talented at bringing characters and the setting to life.  It's been so fun to read it, but, of course, one of the best things we experienced with this book was being an extra in the book trailer (with my son). It was fantastic!

The premise of the book was so original.  It's a futuristic society that has been frozen into the technology of the 1800s and people are discouraged from being creative or inventing anything new.

Trenton Coleman is a thirteen-year-old boy who is good with mechanical things. The first thing we find out about him is how he likes to use his talents to help people. He makes a swing for a girl named Simoni because he overheard her say she didn't have anything to do.  But we also quickly find out how much anything like that is frowned upon and he is threatened with "retraining" for building something. Luckily they need his help in fixing something so he escapes that fate, but stumbles onto a mysterious tube that intrigues him, but could get him into even more trouble.

Trenton meets up with a daring girl named Kallista who is the daughter of an inventor who left behind clues to building an amazing machine. But the more clues they find, the more they realize that what they've been taught about their world and believed all their lives might not be all that it seems.

It's so creative and fun, we honestly had a hard time putting this book down. The world Mr. Savage has built is fresh and original and the story is completely riveting. We can't wait for Book 2!

You can download your Kindle copy here for $10.49

Here's the back copy:

Trenton Colman is a creative thirteen-year-old boy with a knack for all things mechanical. But his talents are viewed with suspicion in Cove, a steam-powered city built inside a mountain. In Cove, creativity is a crime and “invention” is a curse word.

Kallista Babbage is a repair technician and daughter of the notorious Leo Babbage, whose father died in an explosion—an event the leaders of Cove point to as an example of the danger of creativity.

Working together, Trenton and Kallista learn that Leo Babbage was developing a secret project before he perished. Following clues he left behind, they begin to assemble a strange machine that is unlike anything they’ve ever seen before. They soon discover that what they are building may threaten every truth their city is founded on—and quite possibly their very lives.

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