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 received this book from the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Lumière is a story that focuses on Eyelet Elsworth and a machine called ‘The Great Illuminator’ that is supposed to change the world. Eyelet was told that this machine would be able to fix her and stop her seizures- something that is deemed worthy of being thrown in asylum and/or hanged. Eyelet’s mom is convicted of being a Valkyrie- a shape shifter of sorts- and dipped in waxed and then hanged. So starts the adventures and the chase.
I enjoyed this book quite a bit. I admit that I was skeptical going into because of the steampunk era, but the synopsis drew me in and I jumped in with both feet. I adored Urlick. His backstory had my heart breaking. I liked how the author gave a bit of a story for most of the side characters. It wasn’t too much that it’d take the light off from Eyelet and the goal, but it was enough to see that the little family; Urlick, Eyelet, Iris, Cordelia and C.L was like a group of people that would be ridiculed in society and they found a home in each other. I really believe that people are afraid of what they do not know, and this proves it.
The writing style was great and the pace of the actual story was good. Nothing went too slow and the author didn’t stay too long on one subject. I like how this opened up the way for the sequel and I look forward to seeing what Eyelet and Urlick will be getting up to in there.
Read: 29 November 2015
Publication Date: 12 December 2013
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Jacqueline E. Garlick