by Jacqueline Garlick
Lumière had a very interesting premise and a very well planned plot that took place is a most unique steampunk world. The world is described well and the author makes all the tiny gadgets and large contraptions come alive in a beautiful way. I find myself very intrigued by the scenery and the setting. It was sometimes rather confusing at the same time though since some parts of the world are described very well, while others are just a rough outline. I would have wanted more details on all the places. Overall, I got the feeling that this was another world, but still we read about known places on earth, which only added to the confusion.
The main character, Eyelet, is a young woman troubled with seizures in a world where this equals death. Stuck in the idea that her father’s invention, the Illuminator, can cure her, she sets out to find the machine. I feel that Eyelet is a rather hard character to understand and in some instances she’s strong and determined, then in the other she’s a whiny brat, especially in the scenes where we follow the male character. It feels like the two sides of her are different people and it doesn’t make much sense to me. Over all this made it hard for me to really connect to the book and the story.
Even after I had finished the book, I still had no clear idea on who the characters were and what went on in their heads. Somehow they didn’t feel real unfortunately. I didn’t always understand the reason for their actions and it made it hard to follow the story.
The story was also rather slow, and very repetitive. It was the same thing over and over again and the characters even used the exact sentences to express the exact same thing on multiple occasions. Which in the end made it feel like I had already read the story.
There were definitely many great sections with interest and darkness and feelings and those were what kept the story floating. I would have wanted something that would hook me into the story though, the kind of thing that makes you want to read the next page, and the next. Unfortunately there wasn’t anything like that even though the plot was there. I can see the outline and I can see the potential, but that last bit was still missing.
However, it’s not by any means a bad book. On the contrary, it’s a good book, not just a great one. And for those who love steampunk and stories with interesting new worlds, don’t hesitate to pick this up. I am sure you’ll like it.
You can get it at Amazon.