The Inventor’s Secret – Andrea Cremer

The Inventors Secret

I read this a while ago but obviously am really behind on posting. I think the sequel is coming out this month, so I figured it was a good time to post this review!

Description from Goodreads:

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.


  • Alternate history + steampunk = win!
  • Loved Linnet (a strong female character for the win!)


  • At times the main character, Charlotte felt naive in an annoying way. Immature. She also made weird decisions at times (hello ridiculous undressing scene).
  • Not sure about Jack – the love interest.
  • The story felt like it was bumbling at times and the actions of the revolutionaries felt ridiculous and in no way believable. Who decides to leave all their children unguarded and looked after by teens? How does that make any sense?
  • Addition of a love triangle – ugh. So annoying.

Despite it’s flaws, I did enjoy this one overall, and I’m hoping that the second book wraps up some of the holes and awkwardness of the first!


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Filed under Historical Fiction, Steampunk, Young Adult Books

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