Mysteries of Cove: Fires of Invention
Author: J. Scott Savage
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Publish date: Sept. 29, 2015
Hardcover: 370 pages
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 unlike 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.
One word: AMAZING!
Okay, that isn't all I'm going to say, but that word sums up this book perfectly. I absolutely loved this book. The imagination and creativity involved in this story is mind-blowing. I'm not surprised though, Jeff is an extremely talented author who dazzles me every time I read one of his books. I loved how it was illegal to think outside of the box, to change things, to invent something new. I won't get into the history of Cove in my review, but it is fascinating. Cove is a treasure trove of secrets. I really liked Trenton. I think of him as a talented young man with wondrous potential and ingenuity. Kallista needed to grow on me for a bit, but quickly she won me over too, she has a sad history. Trenton is dealt a major blow early on, and is betrayed by someone close to him, but as the story goes, there are reasons. I loved the adventure the two take on to solve the mystery of what Kallista's father left behind. Can't wait for book 2, why can't time go faster?!?
5 out of 5 stars. This book was a joy to read, another testament as to why I love middle grade fiction so much! Bravo, Jeff!