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 an ecopy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I picked this book up on a whim. I've enjoyed many books by Skyscape and this book sounded very interesting, so I picked it up! I was pleasantly surprised by this book! It was so unique, fast-paced, and so riveting!
Eyelet lives in a society after the flash, which entirely changed the world. After being driven out of the city for being considered Wicked, Eyelet goes in search of her father's invention, the Illuminator. She's been plagued by seizures all hr life and her father dies before he could use the invention to 'fix her'. But before she can reach the Illuminator, it's taken by a stranger. She hitches a ride with him and actually stays with hi in his odd home, all the while trying to figure out this stranger and the Illuminator.
I'm kind of torn about the world-building in this book. Parts of it were very well-crafted, others not so much. I felt like the past needed work. I didn't quite understand what the world was like before the flash or much about the flash to be honest. I also didn't quite understand how the society was organized, mostly because the book spent hardly any time in the actual society. As for everything else, it was very unique and just fantastic! I felt like it was very well-written and as if I were inside the world. I thought that the outside of the society and the Vapours were actually really clear and so very unique. In fact, the very idea behind the book was unique!
As for pacing, this book was very fast-paced! Even when there wasn't a whole lot happening, it felt like there was, if that makes any sense. I was so invented in this book! Each time I finished a chapter, I had to read another! I had to actually force myself to put it down to go to bed!
As for characters, I liked them, though I didn't love them. This book has dual point of view of both Eyelet and Urlick. I liked the dual point of view, since I was able to see how they felt about the other character.
As for romance, this book did have romance, but it thankfully did not distract from the plot and was placed very well in the book, which is exactly how I like it.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book! It was so interesting, unique, and I was incredibly invested in this book! I do recommend it and I've already gotten my hands on the sequel!