Even in a land of eternal twilight, secrets can't stay in the dark forever.
Seventeen-year-old Eyelet Elsworth has only one hope left: finding her late father's most prized invention, the Illuminator. It's been missing since the day of the mysterious flash - a day that saw the sun wiped out forever over England.
But living in darkness is nothing new to Eyelet. She's hidden her secret affliction all of her life - a life that would be in danger if superstitious townspeople ever guessed the truth. And after her mother is accused and executed for a crime that she didn't commit, the now-orphaned Eyelet has no choice but to track down the machine that was created with the sole purpose of being her cure.
Alone and on the run, she finally discovers the Illuminator - only to see a young man hauling it off. Determined to follow the thief and recover the machine, she ventures into the deepest, darkest, most dangerous part of her twisted world.
©2015 Jacqueline Garlick (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved
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I initially read this book, not listened to it, and bought the audiobook version because I thought it was so entertaining. This is one case where the audiobook was not better for me than reading.
It's all to do with the pacing of the narration. There's long pauses, and the reading speed is excruciatingly slow or words are drawn out liiiikkkkeee thiiiiiiisssss (an effect used often). This is distressing because the narrator actually has some pretty great voices. She can speed up at some points, and it is good when this happens.
Anyway, I think if they just re-edited the audiobook so that it was a consistent reading speed, it would be fine.
If this sort of thing doesn't bother you, I recommend you check this book out. It's got a grungy-carny vibe going on that is absolutely unique. Or, if you read, you might give the print version a shot.
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