I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
Author: Jacqueline Garlick
Series: The Illumination Paradox #1
Published: August 11, 2015 by Skyscape
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.
I kinda picked this book up because of the cover! It’s beautiful and I just finished reading Rebel Mechanics which was steampunk based and so I thought this was a good follow up to reading that. I was ecstatic that it was so highly steampunked but the characters fell flat to me.
We follow Eyelet and Urlicks POV. It’s set in Victorian England where if you are afflicted with a mental illness you are shut away and of course only the rich are given an education and not girls. Poor Eyelet has seizures that come suddenly and so she has to hide it from everyone else. Her mother is accused of witchcraft and is killed-the only message her mother gave her was to run and to live! Eyelet knows that the only chance of her surviving is to find her dead fathers machine. She follows Urlick who she thinks has stolen it and they go on a merry adventure.
Eyelet was frankly annoying..she was awesome in the first two-three chapters but when she gets stuck in a house with Urlick and Iris she turns into a whiney teenager that gives no thought to others. She picks up everything and touches everything and never listens. She doesn’t really get any better later on in the story except maybe towards the end….
Other characters were great and supportive-I really liked Iris! Also the romance…I felt like it was forced. You didn’t need romance in a story like this. I felt like they were better as friends. The romance was awkward also at some points so I didn’t care for it. I wish it was left out.
Overall, it was an interesting story and I have requested the second book in the series so let’s see if it gets any better! The steampunk world is the only thing going for it though so….