Thursday, October 1, 2015

Review - Fires of Invention (Mysteries of Cove) by J. Scott Savage

Trenton Colman is a creative thirteen-year-old boy with a knack for all things mechanical. But his talents are viewed with suspicion in Cove, a steam-powered city built inside a mountain. In Cove, creativity is a crime and invention is a curse word.

Kallista Babbage is a repair technician and daughter of the notorious Leo Babbage, whose father died in an explosion an event the leaders of Cove point to as an example of the danger of creativity.

Working together, Trenton and Kallista learn that Leo Babbage was developing a secret project before he perished. Following clues he left behind, they begin to assemble a strange machine that is unlikely anything they ve ever seen before. They soon discover that what they are building may threaten every truth their city is founded on and quite possibly their very lives.


3 stars

Fires of Invention by J. Scott Savage is a dystopian story for young adults.  Trenton is a brilliant boy who is cursed with an imagination and a desire to build and tinker with machines.  Those are normally good traits, but when you live inside a mountain with a people who fled the world and consider invention and innovation high crimes it doesn't go well.  

This is the first book in a new series and it felt a bit slow to me.  There is a lot of information that needs to be communicated to truly set the stage for the world that Mr. Savage has created.  This leads to a gradual build of the story and the characters.  Kallista is by far the most interesting character and I'm very curious to see where the series takes her.  

I'm very interested in seeing where the rest of the books in this series go and especially what kind of mischief Kallista and Trenton get themselves into.

3 comments:

  1. I've come across this title (recognize the cover) but never looked closer. Thanks for the review. Gives me a better notion what to expect should I pick it up.

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  2. Interesting concept. The cover makes the book look more like steampunk than a dystopian. :-)

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