My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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.
Beware spoilers ahead!
I received this copy from Skyscape and Two Loins via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Out of all the arc’s that I requested this was the one I wanted to start with first. I was drawn into the explanation and immediately requested it. But because I downloaded A Thousand Nights and Hunter first I had to start with those two otherwise my 50 day countdown would be up.
This book was even better than I had assumed it would be! When I read the explanation of the book I thought it would be a 3 star. Boy was I wrong!
Lumiere is about Eyelet Elsworth the daughter of a very well known professor and Urlick Babbit (more about him later on). Eyelet suffers from seizures and in this world seizures is a sign of ‘Madness’. Her father and mother told her that if she revealed to the world her seizures she would then be tossed into an asylum. After that she has lived in constant fear about getting thrown into an asylum. Her father built The Great Illuminator to some how cure her seizures. In the beginning of the book (Eyelet is 8 years old in the prologue) it is revealed that her father ‘sold’ the machine to a circus performer. After stating that the machine is not the circus performers, her mother ushers her out of the circus. While running they see a flash of light that changed their world forever. It jumps to when Eyelet is 17 years old the audience is told that her father died a day after the carnival show. She lives with her mother and the only reason she has made it into the academy is because her father was a very well respected professor. She goes to school only to run into Professor Smrt. Smrt get under her skin and finds out that she has seizures. While in the process of writing a diagnoses one of her other teachers reveals that her mother has been accused of killing the prince and is going to be executed along with Eyelet. Eyelet escapes and finds her mother dying. Her mother urges her to live and gives her the pendant on the cover. Deciding that she needs to find her fathers machine she sees Urlick stealing it. She jumps onto his carriage in a sense forcing Urlick to take her with him.
Urlick is also the son of a professor who lives on the ‘bad side of town’. He agrees to take Eyelet into his home on the condition that she will do his dishes. He sets out all the rules of the house and then is off to tinkering with the machine. Urlick is actually deformed. He stole the machine so that he can ‘fix’ himself. Later on in the book they agree to work together so that they can get the machine working by getting Eyelet’s father’s journals.
Despite the fact that the explanation says that Urlick keeps secrets, Eyelet is the one that does. I found it odd how Urlick eventually revealed everything to her but she did. I’m assuming this is because she was scared he would judge her. But that still doesn’t make it fair.
This book had a unique plot, good world building, and relate-able and realistic characters. I would’ve given it a 5 star but the ending with ‘Pan’ pushed this to a 4 star.
Overall this an enjoyable read and I look forward to reading the sequel!