Grey Haward has always detested the Chemists, the magicians-come-scientists who rule her small western town. But she has always followed the rules, taking the potion the Chemists ration out that helps the town’s people survive. A potion that Grey suspects she—like her grandfather and father—may not actually need.
By working at her grandfather’s repair shop, sorting the small gears and dusting the curio cabinet inside, Grey has tried to stay unnoticed—or as unnoticed as a tall, strong girl can in a town of diminutive, underdeveloped citizens.
Then her best friend, Whit, is caught by the Chemists’ enforcers after trying to protect Grey one night, and after seeing the extent of his punishment, suddenly taking risks seems the only decision she can make.
But with the risk comes the reality that the Chemists know her family’s secret, and the Chemists soon decide to use her for their own purposes. Panicked, Grey retreats to the only safe place she knows—her grandfather’s shop. There, however, a larger secret confronts her when her touch unlocks the old curio cabinet in the corner and reveals a world where porcelain and clockwork people are real.
There, she could find the key that may save Whit’s life and also end the Chemists’ dark rule forever.
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If you happen to love YA Fantasy/Dystopian/Paranormal books as much as I do, then you are going to want to read this amazing book!
It's a very strange tale about people who live in another dimension where they are made of porcelain and break very easy and are always in demand of a glue that keeps them together.
Grey is definitely the fearless one in these adventures that they undertake to undertake a very dangerous trip to get to the antidote that will aid her people from getting sick or from dying.
As in all stories, teens are not 100% there in terms of outsmarting the enemy, so they soon find themselves captives. It takes some quick thinking on all of their parts to get them out of these people's clutches and hope that they make the right potion.
I get the feeling that this isn't the last that we will hear about Grey and her friends through another sequel. But, if not, the ending promised hope for all, but I would really like a sequel where everyone gets some comfort and love.
About the Author:
Evangeline Denmark cannot sing. This tragic discovery led to bouts of angst-ridden poetry writing in her teens, an ill-advised relationship with Edward Fairfax Rochester, and the compulsive creation of her own fictional worlds.
Having found her true voice, Evangeline writes fiction with hints of whimsy, glimmers of fantasy, and strokes of the supernatural. Her debut novel, Curio, sets coming-of-age and first love against a backdrop of steam-propelled greed and societal repression. For a peek into the origins of the Curio world check out the prequel novella, Mark of Blood and Alchemy.
Evangeline lives in Colorado with her husband, an engineer with a sense of humor and an artistic streak, two ravenous sons who steal her laptop and demand dinner, a cat, two turtles, and a cattle dog who runs the house.
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