Dave Freer s Cuttlefish is absolutely astonishing It s 1953 and the world is severely altered by the effects of the Melt Parts of London are underwater where old tunnels are inhabited by the Underpeople and the western part of Australia is dry and sandy The novel will entertain readers of all ages with it entertain readers of all ages with it underwater adventure humor and intriguing alternate history The friendships forged over the course of the novel will no doubt extend to the readers who won t help but become fascinated by the variety of characters and backgroundsClara Calland the bookish outcast of St Margaret s School for the Children of Officers and Gentleman embarks on a terrifying journey that takes her and her mother Dr Calland from Ireland to the dry country of Westralia She finds a place with the crew of an illegal submarine learning navigation and doing certain chores as if she were a cabin boy herself While aboard the Cuttlefish Clara becomes fast friends with cabin boy Tim Barnabas Tim rew up in London s underwater tunnels taking on a submariner job at the urging of his mother so that he would always have food He proves to be brave trustworthy to Clara and his superiors and an excellent submariner Freer takes a very interesting turn when it comes to this character Tim is persecuted and called darkie because of his mixed heritage Though he was born in London his father came from Jamaica and the fact that Tim is darker than the other crew members causes a few incidents of racism and prejudice Tim s character and his friendship with Clara is another layer added to Cuttlefish s deeply layered plotTim
And Clara S Friendship Clara s friendship the most steadily constant during a tremulous time Clara and Dr Calland are stuck in a cat and mouse Clarkesworld (Clarkesworld Anthology, game running from the Mensheviks and the British Imperial Intelligence headed by Duke Malcolm Yet here are these two young teens who hardly panic in stressful situations and both cherish theirrowing relationship Clara stands up for Tim when he s wrongly accused of thievery and Tim backs up Clara in whatever crazy plots she comes up with Cuttlefish is exciting for all the action and suspense and even so for the blend of steampunk historical fiction and science fiction elements Pick up a copy of Cuttlefish and you won t put it down until the last page is readBook provided via publisher in exchange for an honest reviewAlso posted on Lovey Dovey Books Steampunk alternate history action adventure He even expands the point of divergence in the appendix as it s an unusual oneThe opening does some weaving back and forth from the present to the past about Tim on the steampunk submarine of the title and Clara is snuck out of her school by her mother only to be captured by Menshevik agents and have to escape an airship More tangles about how they land on the CuttlefishSubseuent adventures include accusations of theft a canal changes of plan the uestion of what Clara s خداوند الموت grandmother researched Clara s imprisoned father the flooding of London and Though written for the YA Young Adult crowd this 53 year old thoroughly enjoyed it Having said that I have a weakness for the steampunkenre as many of you know Still I think that the book makes for an entertaining Summer time readBritain dominates a world suffering from Facing Redemption global warming as the result of its use of coal At a certain point the leadership decided that it is better to rule a watery hell than to se. The smallest thing can change the path of history The year is 1976 and the British Empire still spans thelobe Coal drives the world and the smog of it hangs thick over the canals of London Clara Calland is on the run Hunted along with her scientist mother by Menshevik spies and Imperial soldiers they flee Ireland for London They must escape airships treachery and capture Under flooded London’s canals they join the rebels who live in the dank tunn. To have an adventurous protagonist And CLARA IS ASTONISHINGLY USEFUL BUT SHE is astonishingly useful But she A orgeous steampunk adventure Highly recommended for YA I personally haven t read many Steampunk books so I never really know what to expect when it comes to a enre I haven t read much of I know that sounds pretty obvious but you will be surprised just how often you can read something and feel like you ve been reading it forever With that said I have really come to like the whole Steampunk thing It s different and actually pretty interesting I wouldn t say that Cuttlefish is overly Steampunk or anything if that makes sense but it is pretty obvious that it s a factor in the book I think one of the things that originally ot me interested in this book was seeing that Garth Nix had a blurb on the cover which really hyped it up for me I am lad I decided to read it thoughDave is a fantastic writer I was impressed by how engaging the story became Especially considering the fact that I felt it started off a little slow Once you The History of Provincetown get over a early hump this bookets pretty Captured great As far as the storyoes I honestly don t think I really had any issues with it I do remember having trouble trying to figure out exactly what was خاطرات یک زن توده ای going on sometimes but beyond that I feel like Dave really did a fantastic job with the book It was uniue and different Which is always nice to see in a book after awhile it can become difficult to find something that is really uniue But Dave did areat job pulling it off while making sure that while uniue the story was also really enjoyableAlong with the story the characters were also deeply engaging There was a pretty wide cast of characters in the book not even Is Government the Source of Monopoly? and Other Essays (Cato Paper ; No. 9) going to botheroing into a ton of detail simply due to the fact that we would be here forever if I tried to touch on everything I really did enjoy the characters though and not just the focal characters such as Clara and Tim but ALL of them were really One Too Many Blows To The Head great and they all had somethingreat to bring to the storyAnother thing that I want to talk about which I don t usually do in a lot of my reviews is the world building This book takes place in a world with a mix of places we know and then also made up places and the year
"is 1976 but "1976 But are just very very different Literally everything about the countries etc in the book is completely made up which I always like to see I love when authors take real life places and change things around to help make things really interesting It s hard to explain exactly how it is all changed unless you read the book But for me this was probably one of the most enjoyable factors for meWhile this book was really The Dressmakers Gift good I don t think it was absolutely amazing Which is why it onlyets the four stars I #Do Think It Is #think it is book people will enjoy and it has a lot of interesting things oing on and did I mention that Dave is a pretty awesome writer I am sure I did but hey it deserves to be said again If this book sounds like something you might enjoy then I am pretty sure you will It s honestly a pretty straightforward book there really aren t to many surprises or anything tossed in this one While surprises can be a ood thing I don t feel like they were really needed in Cuttlefish simply due to it being a pretty Street Without a Name: Childhood and Other Misadventures in Bulgaria great story by just being linear So by all means check this book out if it sounds like something you might like I am sure you will most likely enjoy L soldiery comes ravening Clara and her mother are forced to flee aboard the Cuttlefish Hunted like beasts the submarine and her crew must undertake a desperate voyage across the world from the Faeroes to the Caribbean and finally across the Pacific to find safety But only Clara and Tim Barnabas can steer them past treachery and disaster to freedom in Westralia Carried with them a lost scientific secret that threatens the very heart of Imperial power. Rve the people a very Paradise Lost mentality Iuess that they are plenty of lessons here for all of usWhile the characters were plenty of lessons here for all of usWhile the characters were I loved the detail iven about "The Submarine Cuttlefish I Don T Think "submarine Cuttlefish I don t think I have read about a fictional ship from an author since Patrick O Brian The description and the abilities of the ship are simply fantasticAll in all I really enjoyed the book and I ive it 4 stars out of 5 Steampunk fans of any age should enjoy itDisclosure of Material Connection I received this book free from Pyr I was not reuired to write a positive review The opinions I have expressed are my own I received this book from the author in return for an honest review Mr Freer is a former Marine Biologist and was conscripted at 17 as a Medic in the AngdanSouth African conflict He s done all sorts of interesting sometimes weird jobs and you can read all about him on his website wwwdavefreercom Oh yeah don t be startled by the burly wild man in the photos that s Mr FreerCUTTLEFISH is a steampunk novel set in 1976 There has been a disastrous lobal warming and much of the world has flooded Britain s answer was to return to military rule The people thought it was a temporary solution but you know how roups in power are they like to stay in power The story centers around two teens Clara Calland on the run with her mom Mom s a scientist who holds a secret she wants the world to share but we all know the world never learned to share Tim Barnabas a boy from the drowned tunnels of London he signed on as a cabin #boy for the submarine in order to be #for the submarine in order to be care of and to send money home for his motherThe story centers around the If It’s Monday It Must Be Madurai: A Conducted Tour of India group s travel iln a submarine Even the technical parts were fascinating due to Mr Freer s beautiful writing I could actually see how the submarine sails worked Wait did I just say submarine sails Oh yes indeed The submarine is amazing and I loved itThe characters are wonderful they come across as real people They were in turn scarednervousangry with nothing supernatural about them What a breath of fresh airSo we have a fascinating submarine that has uite a few modes of energy a scientific secret exotic locales two teens who are exploring the possibilities of a relationship and the possibility of spies and Do yourself a favor and buy this one it s areat read and will have you daydreaming of sailing on a submarine Intriguingly creative technology and believable characters Although written as a YA book the Alternate History elements are fantastic Cuttlefish exists in a steam powered world and the action takes place on a coal steam propelled submarine I enjoyed some of Freer s adult works so I was interested in reading what he had to Maker Lab: 28 Super Cool Projects give to the YA market To say I was impressed is an immense understatement The characters were complex without being overblown and relationshipsrew organically out of the shared experiences and obstacles that were faced Mr Freer did an amazing job and I can t recommend this book enough Cover Blurb Yes or No Honestly no For on thing there s what I am not calling character impersonators on the front which I have never liked It always spoils my own imaginings of what the characters look like And for another despite the awesome sailsubmarine the cover makes me a little boredCharacters I like that Clara Protagonist No 1 is as adventurous as she is In an adventure story it s always ood. Els there Tim Barnabas is one of the underpeople born to the secret town of drowned London place of anti imperialist republicans and Irish rebels part of the Liberty the people who would see a return to older values and free elections Seeing no further than his next meal Tim has hired on as a submariner on the Cuttlefish a coal fired submarine that runs smuggled cargoes beneath the steamship patrols to the fortress America and beyond When the Imperia.