Waiting on Wednesday: The Inventor's Secret by Andrea Cremer

Waiting on Wednesday was started by Breaking the Spine and serves to showcase those books we’re not so patiently waiting to arrive!

The Inventor's Secret
Andrea Cremer

Philomel
Releases April 22, 2014
336 pages

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Sixteen-year-old Charlotte and her fellow refugees have scraped out an existence on the edge of Britain’s industrial empire. Though they live by the skin of their teeth they have their health (at least when they can find enough food and avoid the Imperial Labor Gatherers) and each other. When a new exile with no memory of his escape from the coastal cities or even his own name seeks shelter in their camp he brings new dangers with him and secrets about the terrible future that awaits all those who have struggled has to live free of the bonds of the empire’s Machineworks.

The Inventor’s Secret is the first book of a YA steampunk series set in an alternate nineteenth-century North America where the Revolutionary War never took place and the British Empire has expanded into a global juggernaut propelled by marvelous and horrible machinery.

GADGETS! I'm judging this book on its cover because nothing much about the description screams steampunk except that it's called steampunk towards the end. Alt-history is always fun, especially when it's an alternate version of something other than the Civil War or one of the World Wars. I want this to have lots of gadgets and gizmos and snarky banter. That's what I want in all my books though...