Genre: YA, Steampunk, Fantasy, Romance
Date Published: August 11, 2015
Source: Netgalley (Skyscape)
Read: January 19-20, 2016
Even in a land of eternal twilight, secrets can’t stay in the dark forever.
Seventeen-year-old Eyelet Elsworth has only one hope left: finding her late father’s most prized invention, the Illuminator. It’s been missing since the day of the mysterious flash—a day that saw the sun wiped out forever over England.
But living in darkness is nothing new to Eyelet. She’s hidden her secret affliction all of her life—a life that would be in danger if superstitious townspeople ever guessed the truth. And after her mother is accused and executed for a crime that she didn’t commit, the now-orphaned Eyelet has no choice but to track down the machine that was created with the sole purpose of being her cure.
Alone and on the run, she finally discovers the Illuminator—only to see a young man hauling it off. Determined to follow the thief and recover the machine, she ventures into the deepest, darkest, most dangerous part of her twisted world.
Revised edition: This edition of Lumière includes editorial revisions.
I regret putting off reading this book so much! I loved it so much I've decided it deserves to go on my Top Books of 2016!
Okay, so one of the first things that made me decide to keep reading is that things get exciting before I've even read 7% of the book. That is always a good sign, especially because I hardly ever read steam-punk. This book basically eased me into the genre and I'll be seeking out more books like this in the future.
Actually, scratch that first part. The very first thing that kept me reading is the fact that the protagonist, Eyelet, is a diverse character. You hardly ever read about a protagonist who suffers from any sort of illness, much less one who experiences seizures. Further on in the story we are introduced to other diverse characters, and that made me extremely happy and excited.
The characters in this book are not perfect. Even Urlick, Eyelet's love interest, isn't perfect, which is why I loved this book and made it pretty easy to lose myself reading until I got to the last page and cried when there wasn't any more to read.
The world-building in this book also kept me interested because I want to know more about Limpidous and the Embers. There's something that happens that made me question how I feel about the characters and their actions. I'll see how that plays out in book 2.
Lumiére gets all 5 Platypires because it kept me on the edge of my seat reading until the very end.