Book Review: Lumière by Jacqueline Garlick (The Illumination Paradox #1)
Publisher: Amazemo Books
Published: December 2013
Genre: Steampunk, YA, Fantasy
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.
(Source: Thanks to Net Galley and to the publisher. This will not affect my reviews.)
It’s my first time to read steampunk and I must say that it’s amazing to read and I want to read more of it. It’s the first book in the Illumination Paradox. In a country where seizures are madness and practicing wickedry will be killed. Everything has changed since the night of the Great Illumination. At first, I was bored reading this but in the middle it was amazing. Since it was my first time to read steampunk, some of the words are so hard to imagined. (Forgive me). The story is in the two point of view of the character.
“How much do you trust me?”
Eyelet Elsworth suffers from mind struggles a form of mild insanity, a seizures. Her parents were died and she was left alone. And the people in Brethren want to kill her. She wants to find the illuminator, the machine that her father create to cure her madness. Urlick Babbit is a different from our male lead characters in the story, he has port-wine stains on face and neck, pink eyes, and albino-like pigmented skin. Even though he’s different he has a characteristics that you will surely fall in love. At first, he’s a mysterious guy.
There’s something on Lumiėre that I didn’t like, it lacks some action but the ending is so good. And I’m so intrigued on what will happened on Eyelet and Urlick.