By Dave Freer
Pyr, Hardcover, 9781616146252, 299pp.
Publication Date: July 24, 2012
The year is 1976, and the British Empire still spans the globe. Coal drives the world, and the smog of it hangs thick over the canals of London.
Clara Calland is on the run. Hunted, along with her scientist mother, by Menshevik spies and Imperial soldiers, they flee Ireland for London. They must escape airships, treachery and capture. Under flooded London's canals they join the rebels who live in the dank tunnels there.
Tim Barnabas is one of the under people, born to the secret town of drowned London, place of anti-imperialist republicans and Irish rebels, part of the Liberty - the people who would see a return to older values and free elections. Seeing no further than his next meal, Tim has hired on as a submariner on the "Cuttlefish," a coal fired submarine that runs smuggled cargoes beneath the steamship patrols, to the fortress America and beyond.
When the ravening Imperial soldiery comes, Clara and her mother are forced to flee aboard the "Cuttlefish." Hunted like beasts, the submarine and her crew must undertake a desperate voyage across the world, from the Faeroes to the Caribbean and finally across the Pacific to find safety. But only Clara and Tim Barnabas can steer them past treachery and disaster, to freedom in Westralia. Carried with them--a lost scientific secret that threatens the very heart of Imperial power.
"Cuttlefish is Dave Freer at his best-and he's always good. It combines fascinating alternate history, superb and comprehensible science, and a propulsive plot that will entertain people of all ages, not just young adults."
-Eric Flint, Bestselling author of the 1632 series
"Filled with coal-fired submarines, scientific secrets, and two young people who fight injustice, work to bring down an evil empire, and quite literally save the world, Cuttlefish is a book to dream upon. Freer's clean style and vivid descriptions, his complex characters and his clear vision make this a book all ages can enjoy."
-Sarah A. Hoyt, author of Darkship Thieves
"Dave Freer always delivers compelling, fast-moving, and addictive fantasy adventures. Write more, Dave."
-Garth Nix, New York Times-bestselling author of the Abhorsen trilogy and the Keys to the Kingdom series
"David Freer is an imaginative author who tells great stories."
-Rebecca Moesta, New York Times-bestselling coauthor of Star Wars: Young Jedi Knights