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Author: Tiffany Trent
ISBN13: 978-1442422063
Title: The Unnaturalists
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Language: English
Category: Literature and Fiction
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (August 14, 2012)
Pages: 320

The Unnaturalists by Tiffany Trent

Tiffany Trent uses adjectives that make one feel as if they are right there with the characters experiencing the action first hand. The novel’s pace and length were just right bringing closure to the main conflict of the story while setting up the anticipation for a second novel. A very enjoyable read. A book with tons of action and adventure set in a steam punk, fantasy realm with a splash of romance, readers will be clamoring for more of Vespa Nyx. Ms. Trent is currently working on book tw. .Oct 20, 2012 Jaime Lester rated it really liked it.

Книга The Unnaturalists, автор Trent Tiffany - (In an alternate London where magical creatures are preserved in a museum, two teens find themselves caught in a web of intrigue, deception, and danger.

Tiffany Trent is the author of The Tinker King and The Unnaturalists, which won a Green Earth Book Honor. She is also the author of the Hallowmere series and the recipient of a Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Work-in-Progress Grant. Her short stories have appeared in Magic in the Mirrorstone, Corsets and Clockwork, Willful Impropriety, and Subterranean magazine. She lives with her family in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.

5 5 Author: Tiffany Trent. In an alternate London where magical creatures are preserved in a museum, two people find themselves caught in a web of intrigue, deception, and danger.

by Trent, Tiffany, 1973-. Publication date 2012  .

Author: Tiffany Trent. Publisher: Simon & Schuster, 2012. In an alternate London where magical creatures are preserved in a museum, two teens find themselves caught in a web of intrigue, deception, and danger.

The Unnaturalists - Tiffany Trent.

A novel by Tiffany Trent. To Tricia Scott, the Queen of Art. As the voice of Science increases in strength, the horns of Elfland blow ever fainter and fainter. elizabeth robins pennell. Chapter 1. The Sphinx stares at me from her plinth. I edge closer, daring her to open her mouth and enspell me with her riddles. She crouches, eyes a-glitter, teeth gleaming through parted lips.

In an alternate London where magical creatures are preserved in a museum, two teens find themselves caught in a web of intrigue, deception, and danger.Vespa Nyx wants nothing more than to spend the rest of her life cataloging Unnatural creatures in her father’s museum, but as she gets older, the requirement to become a lady and find a husband is looming large. Syrus Reed’s Tinker family has always served and revered the Unnaturals from afar, but when his family is captured to be refinery slaves, he finds that his fate may be bound up with Vespa’s—and with the Unnaturals. As the danger grows, Vespa and Syrus find themselves in a tightening web of deception and intrigue. At stake may be the fate of New London—and the world.
Reviews: 7
This story takes place in an alternate London that was somehow swept into another world complete with and run by elementals and other magical creatures.

The main characters are these: Vespa Nyx who is the daughter of a man who runs a museum filled with these magical creatures. Vespa is content with her life cataloging the unnatural creatures and creating displays;Syrus Reed who is a Tinker whose family lives on the edge of society and take care of the magical creatures who live in the woods. He also has the unique ability to communicate with the unnaturals; the third main character is Pedant Hal Lumin, otherwise known as Bayne Grimgorn, who is an Architect. Architects study magic and try to free captive elementals.

The main villain of the story is Charles Waddingly who has been taken over by a Grue and who wants to reopen the portal that would take him back to our Earth. And he is willing to kill huge numbers of elementals to accomplish his goal.

The setting of this story is an interesting combination of Victorian and Bourbon French and takes its social cues from both cultures. New that Vespa is growing up, she is being taken away from her life at the museum to prepare to find a suitable husband. Then she meets Lady Virulen from the highest level of society and is invited to be her companion. Lady Virulen has seen her doing magic and wants Vespa to do magic on her behalf. She blackmails her into doing a spell to help her catch a rich and titled husband. Unfortunately, the rich and titled man she wants is the same Bayne Grimgorn that Vespa has a crush on.

This was an interesting and engaging story. The best audience for this one would be readers who like fantasy and magic.
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So I had almost randomly picked up this book, wasn't to sure what to expect, although after reading it, I'm glad I picked it up. The book is very well written, the world that was built in this novel is great and very interesting. Contrary to what a particular review has stated, this "cast of characters" is not confusing at all, it's very obvious who the main players are and who the unnaturals are, I think that review was just trying to bash it on purpose. At times, Vespa can be a bit annoying, and her powers are underutilized. So why did I give it 4 stars and not 3? I gave this book 4 starts because in the end, the book was very entertaining and the problems are very minor in how the effect the story and the great world that was built.
I may be rather peculiar as a reader; some people read for the plot, but I get lost in the settings and the characters. In this respect, The Unnaturalists was a masterful work. The setting was unique -- an alternate, magical London. The characters were convincing and, while not perfect people, real enough that you didn't question their motives, which makes them -- in my book -- perfect characters.

The one thing I would question about this book is its target audience. While I think this was written for people in their teens, there are aspects of the plot which I think would evade some younger readers. The characters -- especially in their relationships with each other -- are very complicated, and there are many facets at work here that do not lead to a pat ending -- and, in fact, there is no "pat" ending and in the other reviews I have read, I believe that this was unsatisfying for some of the young readers. An adult reader, however, would not be disturbed by it ... I'm afraid that is all I can say without needing to tag the spoiler flag.

I look forward to reading other books by this author.(
Vespa Nyx works at the museum with her father, spending her days studying and stuffing Unnaturals - the term used by New Londoners for the magical creatures found in the wild. Vespa's fondest wish is to be able to continue studying at the museum and to be able to be a scholar, known in New London as a pedant. Vespa's ambition opposes that of her family's wishes for her, and society's expectations, both of which expect Vespa to marry someone who will help sustain their family in the future. But there's more for Vespa to worry about than the ever-increasing pressure for her to get married: there's a mysterious new pedant at the museum, her father's unpleasant assistant Charles - known to Vespa as "The Wad" - is interfering even more than usual, The Waste is creeping closer to New London each day and Vespa is coping with her newly-discovered magical abilities.

Syrus Reed is a tinker, one of the people living outside of New London. Tinkers are attuned to nature, respect the land and live in peace with the unnaturals, and no tinker is better at this than Syrus, who is known among his people for his ability to speak the Old Language and befriend elementals. Syrus lives with his family in their rusty train car, helping support his family by gathering things to sell in New London from the forest, and occasional stealing from the people in the city. Only, Syrus's life is turned around when there is an unexpected Cull - everyone thought they were over - and all of Syrus's family is either killed or taken to the refineries in the city. As Syrus makes his way into the city, he learns about the secrets forbidden magic in New London and he becomes entwined in the dangerous plan to begin to set the world right again.

I thought that The Unnaturalists was a very unique, well-written and intriguing novel. I thought it was an interesting twist to have science become the religion, and I thoroughly enjoyed the references to famous scientists as saints. The characters were diverse and well-developed, and showed growth throughout the novel. I enjoy books set in the early-industrial and Victorian time periods, the melding of science-fiction in this time period was unique and well thought out.

One negative I have about this book is the way the chapters alternated narrators between Vespa and Syrus. At times I felt that this was distracting and halted the action that had been happening in the previous chapter. However, I thought that since the point of view alternated as well, that helped transition between the two.

Overall, I enjoyed The Unnaturalists very much, and I am looking forward to the continuation of the story in the next novel.