Tuesday, August 9, 2016

The Inventor's Secret by Andrea Cremer Review

The Inventor’s Secret by Andrea Cremer builds on a rebellion in a timeline where the U.S. loses the war of independence and the colonies are still ruled by The British Empire.  The main characters, Charlotte, Ashley, and Jack are leaders of a ragtag group of children hiding from the Empire until they are old enough to join the resistance themselves and be reunited with their parents on the front.
Cremer wrote this in third person limited POV choosing Charlotte as her voice.  This could not have been a better choice for Cremer.  Not only does it allow a strong female character to show her ability to take to the action, but when she goes undercover in the New York, it shows she can be feminine as well.
Something I found most interesting was the emphasis on the ancient Greek pantheon.  This seems to seep into every crevice of life within the resistance and the Empire whether they realize it or not.  It is based on an ancient Greek book of the dead that the inventor, Hacket Bromley was able to bring dead flesh back to life.  Knowledge is guarded by the priestesses of Athene.  It follows the characters everywhere, even in the way they dress.
It hits the ground running on page one and doesn’t stop.
There’s more adventure ahead for these rebels, and I can’t wait to see what’s next