The Inventor's Secret by Andrea Cremer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Really not a huge fan of the whole steampunk genre, but I do like Cremer's work. This is one of those revisionist history books, a world in which the British won the Revolutionary War and have instituted a system of indentured servitude to keep the continued insurrection under control. No surprises, that's not working well. Charlotte's life for the past few years has been one of hiding with a number of other under-18s in a cave (a series of caves, actually) north of New York City, raiding and trying to sabotage the British. Then she has to go to the City, pretending to be a debutant from the Caribbean. There's a love interest, of sorts, and of course there are misunderstandings about real intentions and motivations.
One of the problems for me was that Cremer doesn't build her world quite as well as she did in the Nightshade series - more explanation would have been really helpful. And the Charlotte/Jack/Coe triangle just didn't gel for me to continue the series, but if steampunk is your thing, go for it.
ARC provided by publisher.