Published October 26th 2013
One determined girl. One resourceful boy. One miracle machine that could destroy everything.
After an unexplained flash shatters her world, seventeen-year-old Eyelet Elsworth sets out to find the Illuminator, her father’s prized invention. With it, she hopes to cure herself of her debilitating seizures before Professor Smrt—her father’s arch nemesis—discovers her secret and locks her away in an asylum.
Pursued by Smrt, Eyelet locates the Illuminator only to see it whisked away. She follows the thief into the world of the unknown, compelled not only by her quest but by the allure of the stranger—Urlick Babbit—who harbors secrets of his own.
Together, they endure deadly Vapours and criminal-infested woods in pursuit of the same prize, only to discover the miracle machine they hoped would solve their problems may in fact be their biggest problem of all.
I liked the concept of this book but I thought it was a little boring in places and the main character was all kinds of annoying.
Eyelet had a massive problem of just doing things and not thinking about the consequences. I found that to be extremely annoying. She was also really childish at times and I found it hard to relate to her. I wasn’t really into any of the characters to be honest. I felt like they all could have been better written.
The story and writing style was pretty cool. The world building was lacking and I think because of that, it made the plot confusing at times.
Overall, Lumiere was an okay read. I have the sequel so I’ll probably read it but I’m not impressed with the first book. The characters were not the best and I wish the world building was better. I did really like the story and the steampunk aspect though.