Fires of Invention by J. Scott Savage (Blog Tour Review)

Welcome to my tour stop for Fires of Invention by J. Scott Savage, the first book in his new Mysteries of Cover series! I loved this book! It's definitely worth checking out. Read all the book and author info as well as my full review below...

Fires of Invention (Mysteries of Cove, #1)Fires of Invention
(Mysteries of Cove #1)
by J. Scott Savage
MG/YA Dystopian, Steampunk
Hardcover, Paperback, & ebook, 370 Pages
September 29th 2015 by Shadow Mountain


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 unlikely 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.

My Review

Fires of Invention was a fantastic read! It's geared toward Middle Grade/young YA, but even adult readers would enjoy this story. The setting was interesting and unique, the characters likable, and the plot had plenty of suspense and action to keep readers engaged. It's definitely a great beginning to a new series!

Trenton is still coming into his own. He's unsure exactly how to find his place in society, how to deal with girls, how to fulfill his dreams while also remaining compliant with the government. Kallista was a ball of sass and smarts. She was such an interesting character. They work off of and compliment each other with the way they love seeing how things work and inventing and creating new things. They are both deeply curious, which doesn't fit in this society. There were also some other characters important to the story who could have been fleshed out a little better, but still played their roles well.

The story starts off with somewhat of a bang to introduce readers to Trenton and his classmates. It then moves on fairly quickly as readers get a look at this society, Trenton's parents, government leaders, and then the plot thickens. There was a constant feeling of suspense and urgency and a big climax towards the end. It also left a perfect set up for book two.

I would definitely recommend Fires of Invention to middle grade and YA readers, as well as adults who would enjoy an exciting tale of two kids trying to find their place while solving a mystery left behind. In the end, they may just be the only ones to save their world.

Content: Some violence but otherwise clean.

Source: I would like to thank Shadow Mountain for my complimentary ARC, which did not affect my review in any way.

About the Author

J. Scott Savage

J. Scott Savage is the author of the Farworld middle grade fantasy series and the Case File 13 middle grade monster series. He has been writing and publishing books for over ten years. He has visited over 400 elementary schools, dozens of writers conferences, and taught many writing classes. He has four children and lives with his wife Jennifer and their Border Collie, Pepper, in a windy valley of the Rocky Mountains.

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