One determined girl. One resourceful boy. One miracle machine that could destroy everything.
After an unexplained flash shatters her world, seventeen-year-old Eyelet Elsworth sets out to find the Illuminator, her father’s prized invention. With it, she hopes to cure herself of her debilitating seizures before Professor Smrt—her father’s arch nemesis—discovers her secret and locks her away in an asylum.
Pursued by Smrt, Eyelet locates the Illuminator only to see it whisked away. She follows the thief into the world of the unknown, compelled not only by her quest but by the allure of the stranger—Urlick Babbit—who harbors secrets of his own.
Together, they endure deadly Vapours and criminal-infested woods in pursuit of the same prize, only to discover the miracle machine they hoped would solve their problems may in fact be their biggest problem of all.
Date Finished: 8-22-15
*I received a free copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
They always tell us not to judge a book by it’s cover, but with a cover as gorgeous as Lumière’s, it’s almost hard not to. I was initially drawn in by the interesting title and amazing cover, but it was the synopsis that sold me on this book! And I’m so glad that it did, because Lumber was simply amazing!
Jacqueline Garlick’s writing is amazing as she crafts a wonderful steampunk world of dangerous vapors, magic, and machines, inhabited by awesome characters such as our protagonists, Eyelet and Urlick!
Speaking of Eyelet, Garlick handled Eyelet’s epileptic episodes quite well. I don’t have epilepsy, so I can’t verify if it’s an accurate depiction of the condition, but from what I understand about it, it was done well. Her condition wasn’t romanticized, and it also doesn’t run the story. Eyelet learns how to deal with it on her own, and how to keep it a secret from those who would use it to have her locked away in the madhouse. Unlike was also quite accepting of it, which just made me love him more.
All in all, I really enjoyed Lumière, and I can’t wait to read the sequel. I feel like Fans of Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan trilogy might enjoy this series, possibly more than Leviathan!