I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Lumière
on September 15, 2015 Pages:
400 Format: ARC Goodreads
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.
I’ve not read much steampunk, so Lumiere was a completely new experience for me, and I loved every second of it. The story follows Eyelet, who lives in an alternative England that’s dark all the time. She suffers from seizures, though many people don’t understand what it means. They think it means that she has problems and makes her crazy, though it obviously doesn’t. It’s just the way that her body is.
When Eyelet was younger, her father created this thing called The Illuminator which he was making in hopes to make Eyelet better. However, something else happened instead. Now, many years later, Eyelet is on the hunt to try to find the Illuminator for herself. She meets Urlick and the two of them form a friendship and find out way more about both of their fathers, as well as what caused the world to go dark in the first place.
I absolutely loved Urlick. He was such an awesome character and he was perfect for Eyelet in every way. I feel like the two of them just complete each other, because they are so different yet they are just what the other one needs. I also loved that this novel was steampunk, because it was one of my very first steampunk novels!
I loved this world so very much, and I can’t wait to dive back into it in the sequel, which I’m hoping to read soon! I’d definitely suggest giving this one a read; it was so quick to get through and it was quite the ride!