I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Invisible Things by Jenny Davidson
Published by HarperCollins on 2010-11-23
Genres: 20th Century, Family, Fantasy & Magic, Historical, Multigenerational, United States, Young Adult
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Sixteen-year-old Sophie knows there is more to the story of her parents' death. And she's on a mission to find the truth. To aid her in solving the decades-old mystery, Sophie has enlisted her best friend, Mikael, whose friendship has turned into something more. It's soon clear that Sophie's future is very much wrapped up in the details of her family's past, and the key lies with information only one man can provide: her parents' former employer, the elusive billionaire Alfred Nobel.As the threat of war looms in Europe, dangers to Sophie and her loved ones grow. While her determination to solve the mystery doesn't waver, forces beyond her control conspire to keep her from her purpose. Then, news of her great-aunt Tabitha's death sets off a chain of events that leaves Sophie questioning everything.The more Sophie learns, the more she realizes that nothing—and no one—in her life is what it seems. And coming to terms with the dark secrets she uncovers means imagining a truth that she never dreamed possible. Full of gorgeous settings, thrilling adventure, and romance, invisible things is a novel that dares to ask, what if?
Invisible Things by Jenny Davidson is an alternate history sort of historical fiction. Set prior to World War II, Scotland is crazy militant. Girls get brainwashed into being something like sex slaves for high power government employees. The European mainland countries have banded into a confederation. However, some elements are the same as actual history. For example there is the rise of the Nazis. Plus there are actual people from history in this book such as Niels Bohr and Alfred Noble. The main character, Sophie is a refugee from Scotland who lives in Niels Bohr’s institute. Her parents both died when she was very young in an explosion at the factory where they were employed.
To be quite honest, I spent the first 30 pages or so of Invisible Things by Jenny Davidson incredibly confused. Then after a bit of backstory and browsing online the story started to fall into place. Turns out Invisible Things is a sequel to The Explosionist, which would have been nice to know before reading. I have not read The Explosionist, so I can’t say how Invisible Things works as a companion novel or a sequel. I can only judge it on it’s own merits, not in comparison.
Once I got past my initial confusion, I found Invisible Things to be a decent read. I have a thing for science. I don’t understand it at all, but I find it to be interesting and like the idea of knowing scientists. Sophie, as you saw from the top paragraph lives with one of the most famous scientists in the world. Her interactions with Bohr and the other scientists are intriguing. It’s nice to see those people with personalities outside of what they are famous for.
I would say don’t go into Invisible Things by Jenny Davidson expecting a romance. Really, I guess this book ties up loose ends from the previous book and sets up for adventure in a third book. In essence, this is a transition book.