Fires of Invention

J. Scott Savage


Fires of Invention

Fires of Invention

  • Title: Fires of Invention
  • Author: J. Scott Savage
  • ISBN: 9781629720920
  • Page: 487
  • Format: Hardcover



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 eveTrenton 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 unlike 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.


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Alright time to write the review for this book. I was approved a copy of this book from NetGalley, but I never ended up downloading it before it was archived, so because I like J. Scott Savage's Far World series, I bought myself a copy. So obviously the opinions in this review are completely my own. This is a fun steampunk fantasy that's a bit strange in where it fits in terms of reading age bracket. I classified it as middle grade seeing as the main character is 13, but there is a bit of a focu [...]

I don't give many books 5 star ratings, but this one deserves it. I had recently fallen into a dry spell of reading when Jeff (the author) contacted me and asked me to read a very early rough draft of this book.I read it in basically 2 sittings. I don't think I'm allowed to say anything about it, but it is the first book in a very long time where I simply "had" to keep reading. The ending is fantastic, the characters are well-defined, and it's definitely one of J. Scott Savage's best published w [...]

One word: AMAZING!Okay, that isn't all I'm going to say, but that word sums up this book perfectly. I absolutely loved this book. The imagination and creativity involved in this story is mind-blowing. I'm not surprised though, Jeff is an extremely talented author who dazzles me every time I read one of his books. I loved how it was illegal to think outside of the box, to change things, to invent something new. I won't get into the history of Cove in my review, but it is fascinating. Cove is a tr [...]

The first book in this series was recommend to me by my nephew Jonah, age 11. He loved it and I can see why. This dystopian/steampunk story revolves around 13 year old Trenton Colman, who is creative in a world that harshly punishes anyone who rocks the status quo, and Kallista Babbage, who is year or so older than Trenton. She comes with her own baggage, and awesome mechanical skills. The community in this story retreated inside a mountain when the outside environment became too dangerous. Base [...]

E ARC from NetgalleyTrenton loves tools and machinery, but in his futuristic, protected town of Cove "invention" is a dirty word. Even stringing together a number of approved machinery to make a swing is enough to land him in trouble with the chancellors and get him recommended for retraining. Luckily, there is a problem in the mines that requires a small person with mechanical training to fix, and Trenton manages to escape that fate. What he can't escape is his appointment to the Food Productio [...]

I do love a good story of civilization gone into hiding, and this is no exception. The Cove is a mountain hideaway, that was created in the beginning of the 20th century (think about what that implies historically speaking for a bit. Go ahead, I'll wait) and has lasted for 150 years. After all this time, of course things are breaking down, but somewhere in the mix creativity became outlawed, and there is no worse offense than in being an INVENTOR. Our scrappy teens of course are the creative sor [...]

I was so excited to be able to read an eARC of this book. I loved every second of it! Kids are going to go crazy for this book when it's released this fall. It was so well written, chock full of action, had fascinating and relatable characters, mysteries to keep you dying to find out what happens next, and incredible amounts of conflict. I can't wait until this book is available!

Great adventure.Great characters.Great relationships, twists, and complications.I also love that after taking a few classes from the author, I can see his pacing techniques at work.FUN, FUN read. Highly recommend for people who love adventurous MG, and bonus if you love steampunk.

This is the first book in the Mysteries of Cove series. This book started out a bit slow but I really enjoyed the last third or so of it. The last part of the book was enough to really pull me in and make me want to read more of this series. This is marketed as a middle grade steampunk book; which it really isn't. It is more of a middle grade dystopian novel. The society of Cove is definitely a dystopia of sorts. The only steampunk element in this book is that our two main heroes build a dragon [...]

Fires of Invention was an enjoyable read, though one of the few where I enjoyed the setting more than the characters. Trenton lives in a secluded civilization called Cove where innovation is discouraged, and rule breakers are threatened with re-education. Trenton, of course, is a rule breaker and what would be considered an inventor now (but there, the word invention is a curse word). He later crosses paths with the daughter of the mad, and now deceased, inventor named Leo Babbage. Kallista soon [...]

STEAMPUNK DRAGONS!! That cover was enough to sell me. Really enjoyed the mystery and the puzzle of it, as well as the characters, particularly Kallista.

I loved this book. The reason I gave it five stars is that it takes you into thinking something is going to happen then it just does a complete 180. It is a mystery and science fiction so if that is what you like you need to read this book.

You can support my blog by reading this review at amandakthompsonI want to thank Shadow Mountain Publishing and NetGalley for an ARC.A major thing I love about this book is that there is definitely the feel of a dystopian or post-apocalyptic society here, but it isn't depressing. I'm very tired of the no-hope, doomed-civilization worlds. With Fires of Invention, there's a fun, playful essence to the story that's infectious. It's just a group of people who decided to hole themselves up in a mount [...]

I received an eARC (Electronic Advance Reader Copy) via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Trenton lives in Cove, a city that sealed itself inside a mountain 150 years ago in order to escape an atmosphere poisoned by war and technology. As technology destroyed the world, only the most basic of machines are allowed in Cove, and any creativity is forbidden. “Invent” and all forms of the word are considered foul language, and calling someone an “inventor” is the harshest of insults. [...]

Oh boy. What a fun book this was! If you like steampunk, if you like dragons, if you like STEAMPUNK DRAGONS, I guarantee Fires of Invention is a book you will enjoy.Here's the scoop on the plot: Trenton Coleman is always getting in trouble for being too creative. In Cove, his city home inside a mountain, creativity is frowned upon and punished, and "inventor" and "invention" are curse words. When he stumbles upon a machinery part like nothing he's ever seen before, and nobody else knows what it [...]

I'm modifying my review because, apparently, I can't form a proper sentence after finishing a book in the middle of the night. Thank you, grammar police, for not arresting me so my typos could live to see another day. Fires of Invention converted me to the world of steampunk. I would've LOVED this book as a kid, and I can't help but wonder if discovering steampunk at a younger age would've influenced my career choices (or at least helped me appreciate math). Parents, if your kid loves math and l [...]

Oh. My. Goodness. This book is amazing! I loved everything about this book. It is so well-written that you almost feel as though you are there with Trenton, Simoni, and Kallista. I loved the setting that J Scott Savage created for his characters to inhabit. They live in the city of Cove, it's built deep within a mountain to try to keep the evils of the creative world outside the mountain from getting in. The citizens of Cove are not allowed to create anything new, to them inventor is a bad word [...]

Trenton lives in a strange dystopian world. it isn't the "future" but it isn't quite steampunk either. from what I could gather about the dates it's ridge around the late 90's, not they the year matters much. The society that Trenton lives in its strictly controlled. but not as strict as some dystopians. Foods ate regulated (This day is beef, that is fish), but families choose how to prepare each meal. Students also are assigned their career based on aptitude tests. Creativity and invention ates [...]

Good book, but not really sure how the series will progressI don't usually start a new series by an author when I haven't even finished the first series I begun with them. Some people can write awesome books, but when it comes to closing things outey could use help. Well, so far I have been very impressed with the Farworld series (and am impatiently waiting for the library to send me the last installment!) so I decided to go ahead and start this brand new series from Savage in the meantime. So f [...]

Can't wait for the sequel! I heard this book being described as steam-punk/dystopian, and immediately got in the line to get a paperback copy (signed arc) at BookCon last month. I've never read anything by Savage before, so I can't compare this to any of his previous works, but Invention was a great introduction.This story is set in the city of Cove where creativity of any kind is illegal, and revolves around a 13 year old boy named Trenton Coleman. Right off the bat you can tell Trenton is some [...]

2 stars, but I'm more or less adding one for the sake of actual young Middle Grade readers. This book is not badly written; it has likeable characters and just the right amount of plot, world-building, and True Meaning of Friendship stuff for the 5th grade set.That being said, these factors are more than a bit shoddy in their construction. When you get down to it, this book has laughably unbelievable actions and motivations on the part of the adult characters and their dystopian society, an unne [...]

***4.5 stars***An underground community committed to stop innovation and creativity is where this book takes place. They left the world above when they felt threatened by pollution, machines, technology, etc.Trenton is a boy who has mind that can't help think of new ways to make things better. He can calculate math in his head and see's possibilities all around him. An unfortunate incident threatens his creative mind and he is reminded to conform. He discovers a curious object that has technolog [...]

This is by far the best book I've read in my entire life!!!!

Savage makes you think, in a good way, from the first page of this book. You have to re-wire your brain almost as you dig into this world where words like invention and creativity are as frowned upon as lying and stealing! Since I'm a creative type, I really struggled with the re-wiring at first, but then I saw the plot begin to develop, and I could see how a society could become to wrapped up in it's self that it could fear any sort of change, or inventive improvement. This book is a total page [...]

What a FANTASTIC story!I LOVE this genre!Trenton and Kallista are very believable! So fun to go with them as they followed the clues and built the machine--and what a machine it was :)It was interesting to read about a people who were afraid of technological advances and whyI can so understand--What a FUN TWIST that really brought them to the inner mountain--so creative on the author's part!And talk about a system of mines and tunnels and levels--WOW!Hidden messages, flying machines, dragons, fe [...]

I expected to "predict" all the twists and turns in this book, based on A) the jacket description, and B) the pace at which things developed throughout the first act. Then he started throwing in new ideas not hinted at by the marketing description, and that was the right move. I was pleasantly surprised by the actual story, didn't see it coming at all.I also liked the fact that the story wrapped up, even though it's the first in a series. There's a clear segue into a sequel, but it's not a "firs [...]

Perfect for ages 11-13, this might be a bit simple for adult tastes. Cove is a city carved out of a mountain, similar to City of Ember. Around 1930 was a big disaster, where technology ruined the planet. It’s now 150 years later, and new technology is banned.Trenton has a creative mind and a knack for machinery. Teaming up with the anti-social Kallista, they follow clues to build a mechanical dragon. Then there’s a really cool ending that I did not see coming.Besides the treasure hunt, the b [...]

Really solid and fun to read. A little City of Ember meets The Unwanteds. At first I thought it was too similar to those books. "This has been done before," I kept thinking. But then some plot twists and character development shifted the story, and I finally got into the groove. The intended audience either won't notice those similarities or will love them.Overall, I really enjoyed this one. The main characters are particularly interesting. The boy, Trenton, has a lot of creativity, but also sel [...]

Brilliant story with characters my children will not stop talking about. Most of all, this book is a glorious tribute to the power of imagination and innovative thinking. My daughter set this book down and exclaimed she wanted to be an inventor! Bravo, Mr. Savage. We can't wait for more!

Savage has created an interesting world full of danger and mystery. A great read.


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