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Cuttlefish (Cuttlefish, #1)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 art of Australia is dry and sandy The novel will entertain readers of all ages with it s 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 lace Steampunk alternate history action adventure He even expands the oint of divergence in the appendix as it s an unusual oneThe opening does some weaving back and forth from the resent to the ast 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 be captured by Menshevik agents and have to escape an airship More tangles about they land on the CuttlefishSubseuent adventures include accusations of theft a canal changes of lan the uestion of what Clara s 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 steampunk genre as many of you know Still I think that the book makes for an entertaining Summer time readBritain dominates a world suffering from global warming as the result of its use of coal At a certain Times of Bede point the leadership decided that it is better to rule a watery hell than to serve theeople a very Paradise Lost mentality I guess that they are The Catechism of the Council of Trent plenty of lessons here for all of usWhile the characters were interesting I loved the detail given about the submarine Cuttlefish I don t think that 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 give 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 aositive review The opinions I have expressed are my own I to write a City for Sale: Ed Koch and the Betrayal of New York positive review The opinions I have expressed are my own I 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 thehotos that s Mr FreerCUTTLEFISH is a steampunk novel set in 1976 There has been a disastrous globa Intriguingly creative technology and believable characters Although written as a YA book the Alternate History elements are fantastic Cuttlefish exists in a steam The Runaway Prophet Jonah Study Guide 1998 powered world and the action takeslace on a coal steam Književna groupie 2: Strovaljivanje propelled submarine I enjoyed some of Freer s adult works so I was interested in reading what he had to give to the YA market To say I was impressed is an immense understatement The characters were complex without being overblown and relationships grew 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. The smallest thing can change theath of history The year is 1976 and the British Empire still spans the globe 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. 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 good to have An Adventurous Protagonist And Clara adventurous rotagonist And Clara astonishingly useful But she also has a feminist attitude and her crush on Tim gets very old Tim Protagonist No 2 is also Reality Hunger: A Manifesto. David Shields pretty acceptable He s not as adventurous as Clara but he does what needs to be done and he also demonstrates uite a bit of usefulness But his harping oneople not liking him because he s black gets old we got it the first time and his crush on Clara is annoying after a time as well The rest of the characters didn t make much of an impression on me either way They were different enough from each other to be easily remembered and they came across as very realistic very human characters but there was nothing Learner Strategies in Language Learning particularly special about them that stood out eitherThe Romance While the story doesn t spend a whole lot of time on Clara and Tim s mutual attraction it spends enough time that it got annoying Authors seem to think that a boy and girl are not capable of being just really good friends The romance was not needed there is no reason on Earth why they couldn t have just been friends and it did at times threaten to slow the story down Plot Thelot itself was interesting a scientist on the run from several governments because of a discovery they made a world of coal Dangerously Placed powered submarines and water awesome But there were several flaws withresentation For one I thought the whole Just Destiny premise for why the world was covered in water Global Warming was just lame and felt like an interjection ofersonal opinion Can we Paradise Run please have an adventure story without theolitical agenda The other flaws were the Author waited until well over half the book was finished to explain exactly how it is Great Britain maintained its hold on the rest of the world Even so you have to read the Author s Note at the end to fully grasp the world s olitical situation and even that didn t make much sense Believability I ll give the Author tremendous oints for his submarine the Cuttlefish It was entirely believable and absolutely awesome He clearly spent a lot of time designing it and I applaud an Author who wants a Help Me, Jacques Cousteau plausible working contraption in his story and not just something he cobbled together and then said Hey it s fiction in this world it works One aspect that made me cock an eyebrow in doubt was how readily Captain Malkis dismissed the idea of a spy on board his vessel Even if the suggestion was coming from a couple of kids I think the Captain would have taken into considerationWriting Style I enjoyed the Author s descriptions of the submarine which were actually very easy to follow and understand The rest of the writing was so so and the Author used in very oddlaces At the beginning of dialogue at the end in the middle in the middle of the middle And rarely did he use it because a character had trailed off in mid sentence or another character was butting in or they were musing It was just thereContent NoneConclusion Even for having a seuel the end was very abrupt But the climax was exciting As a whole I enjoyed the story s adventure and the submarine who wouldn t was exciting As a whole I enjoyed the story s adventure and the submarine who wouldn t the submarine It completely makes the book But the world s Dignity Rising 1: Gefesselte Seelen politics were not made very cl. Els there Tim Barnabas is one of the underpeople born to the secret town of drowned Londonlace of anti imperialist republicans and Irish rebels The Book of Mordred part of the Liberty theeople 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 atrols to the fortress America and beyond When the Imperia. ,

Ear the whole Great Melt was just lame and the Hidden Boundaries protagonists were not the world s greatest Still the adventure makes it worth itRecommended Audience Steampunkers girl and guy read fifteen and up A gorgeous steampunk adventure Highly recommended for YA Iersonally haven t read many Steampunk books so I never really know what to expect when it comes to a genre I haven t read much of I know that sounds retty 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 retty interesting I wouldn t say that Cuttlefish is overly Steampunk or anything if that makes sense but it is retty obvious that it s a factor in the book I think one of the things that originally got me interested in this book was things that originally got me interested in this book was that Garth Nix had a blurb on the cover which really hyped it up for me I am glad 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 get over a early hump this book gets retty great As far as the story goes I honestly don t think I really had any issues with it I do remember having trouble trying to figure out exactly what was 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 a great job Forever I'm Yours 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 aretty wide cast of characters in the book not even going to bother going 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 great and they all had something great 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 lace in a world with a mix of laces we know and then also made up laces and the year is 1976 But things 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 laces 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 robably one of the most enjoyable factors for meWhile this book was really good I don t think it was absolutely amazing Which is why it only gets the four stars I do think it is a it was absolutely amazing Which is why it only gets the four stars I do think it is a eople will enjoy and it has a lot of interesting things going on and did I mention that Dave is a Nebular Sammelband 5 - Galaxis in Panik 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 amretty sure you will It s honestly a Nightwing: On the Razor's Edge pretty straightforward book there really aren t to many surprises or anything tossed in this one While surprises can be a good thing I don t feel like they were really needed in Cuttlefish simply due to it being aretty 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 it. 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 Bakunin: The Creative Passion past treachery and disaster to freedom in Westralia Carried with them a lost scientific secret that threatens the very heart of Imperialower. ,