Fires of Invention (Mysteries of Cove Series #1)

Fires of Invention (Mysteries of Cove Series #1)

by J. Scott Savage


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781629721569
Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing
Publication date: 08/02/2016
Series: Mysteries of Cove Series , #1
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 193,618
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

J. Scott Savage is the author of the Farworld middle-grade fantasy series and the Case File 13 middle-grade monster series. He has published more than seventeen novels, visited more than 1,400 schools, and taught dozens of writing classes. He has four children, five grandchildren, and lives with his wife, Jennifer, in a windy valley of the Rocky Mountains.

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By the time Kallista unfolded the paper, the document was nearly three feet wide and four feet tall. It looked like a schematic for some kind of machine.

"Was is it?" Trenton asked. "Did you discover you father really was building a giant . . ."

The words died in his mouth as he leaned closer to the light and saw what was on the paper. It was a set of plans all right. It was what her father had been working on. What they had been putting together.

It was a machine. But not only a machine. It was a weapon. But not only a weapon. It was . . . Well, he didn't know exactly what it was. If the plans had been drawn up by anyone other than Leo Babbage, Trenton would have considered them a joke. But if there was one thing he had learned about Kallista's father, it was that the man did not appear to possess a very refined sense of humor.

The plans were no joke. They were real. But why he would have drawn them up and what he expected his daughter to do with them was beyond understanding.

Because the plans on the page-shown in surprisingly great detail-were for building a creature that looked like it had come directly from the pages of one of the storybooks in Leo Babbage's workshop. Trenton studied the powerful clawed legs, broad wings, and sharp toothed mouth. "What is it?" he whispered.

Kallista held the plans up before her, eyes filled with wonder. "It's a dragon."

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Fires of Invention 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This_Kid_Reviews_Books More than 1 year ago
Synopsis- In the underground city of Cove, the worst insult you can call someone is an inventor. It’s the worst of the cuss words. Trenton Coleman was shocked and mostly insulted when, after hooking up two approved devices (power generator+swing=motorized swing), and the power goes out in the city, he is blamed for it and *gasp* called an inventor. The math didn’t add up for how the swing shut off the power, and sure enough – there had been a clog in one of the mine’s power grinders. Only Trenton could fit in there, so he goes in, and finds… a strange device… that isn’t made from an approved metal! And then Trenton starts to find out that Cove isn’t all that it says it is… What I Thought- This is probably the best steampunk-ish/dystopian book I’ve read in a while and it’s an MG book so it will appeal to a wide range of ages. Trenton is a great main character who you really connect with – he doesn’t mean to cause trouble (at least, not at first), he is just naturally adept at mechanics and I really enjoyed his character. Kallista, his friend, and the daughter of a deceased inventor, is an interesting person who you want to get to know more about. Mr. Savage has written an entertaining and engaging book (so much so I got into trouble several times for reading the book when I should have been doing something else!). I found it really cool that at the beginning of each chapter in the heading, they show a “penciled” dragon blueprint, and with each chapter, more is completed. I enjoyed how Mr. Savage has created a dystopian world and put the city underground. The reasoning behind it rings true and makes sense, making the plot all the more entertaining. *NOTE* I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book and I think he should write more books for this seriers!
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
5 STARS I did not want to put the book down. I wanted to see what would happen next. I was drawn right away into the adventure. It is a exciting, clean read filled with drama. The setting of this book is a society that lives inside a mountain. Never going outside because the air was toxic and full of diseases. They are a society that it is wrong to be creative and invent anything not on approved lists. Trenton does not fit in. If you look at it you can see how restricting creative, discovery, inventions and books you can control most people. The idea that people are punished for drawing is unreal, but some are really not allowed the freedoms to do that. I would hate to be told what foods to eat what day, what job to train for no matter you are more fit for another job. I like how Trenton Colman a thirteen year old was smart and always thinking. He wanted to help people. he was curious, loved machines and wanted to learn more about them. He also was a hard worker. Kallista Babbage her father was someone who did not fit in. He is held up as a wrong example a inventor that killed himself and others by his invention. He had secrets. She wants to find out the information he leaves. She has no friends. Kallista and Trenton follow the clues to find and build what her father left clues for and learning more about there world as they do. This was a book that I want to read the rest of the series now. I would read more books from J. Scott Savage. I was given this ebook from Shadow Mountain Publishers and Netgalley. In return I agreed to give honest review of Fires of Invention.
WishEnd More than 1 year ago
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.