The Magnificent Steam Carnival of Professor Pelusian Minus:First Flight by Sean and Connor Hayden

3 May

Publisher: Quake Books
Released: March, 2011
Genre: MG steampunk, short story
For review from author.

When Professor Pelusian Minus’ steamsmith dies, he needs another one quickly. He sends his giant henchman out to complete the task. The professor is not at all happy when Abraham Lincoln brings back two small twin babies. Soon though, he discovers they are just what he needs; he just has to wait for them to grow up.

For years, the twins, Dade and Paige, have been slaves to Professor Minus and his carnival. Now, the professor wants them to build him an army of minions, they just want to escape. With some clever planning, they build what the professor wants–kinda.

Then, Dade finally comes up with a plan for their escape. They think they have it all figured out. But things go terribly wrong and now Dade has to put aside the escape to save his sister’s life. Has Professor Pelusian Minus finally found a way to keep Dade and Paige at his Magnificent Steam Carnival?

From Quake website

OMG I loved this story. I am in no way a young or a reluctant reader, but if you are or know one you should totally get them First Flight. I was hooked from the get-go and can’t wait to dig into the second story in this series.

I don’t read a lot of steampunk, but I think it is a genre I need to become a lot more familiar with. The steampunk elements in this story, though, weren’t what I loved the most about it. That would be the characters.

Dade and Paige are just great characters. Smart, resilient and funny, I think they are both amazing heroes for young readers to look up to. And the professor! So, evil! So nefarious! So much fun to read! His ego-centric plans had me all a giggle and I love how the twins were constantly thinking of ways to outsmart him. But just when I thought things were all clear, bam! the authors introduced a twist that I didn’t see coming at all.

This was just a really interesting, fun read. I think adults and kids a like will love it. And the fact that Hayden co-wrote this with his young son, Connor? Well that’s just sweet and awesome all at the same time.


2 Responses to “The Magnificent Steam Carnival of Professor Pelusian Minus:First Flight by Sean and Connor Hayden”

  1. mummazappa May 4, 2011 at 1:34 am #

    This sounds really cool, kind of Percy Jackson/Lemony Snickett steampunk style?

    • lavenderlines May 4, 2011 at 9:45 am #

      I’ve never read the Percy Jackson books (hangs head in shame) but there was a definite Lemony Snickett feel to it.

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