The Unnaturalists by Tiffany Trent

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In an alternate London where magical creatures are called Unnaturals and 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.

About Tiffany Trent

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Tiffany Trent writes in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. She is the author of the Hallowmere series, which was named a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age and an IndieBound Pick. She is also 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, and Subterranean. Visit her at
Published August 14, 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 336 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Though the steam-powered technological potential promised by "Saint Darwin's Litany of Evolution" and statues of Saints Bacon and Newton is disappointingly unmet in this thoroughly magical world, the rich ambience makes up for the loss.

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Trent shifts between Vespa’s first-person narration and third-person chapters about Syrus as they work together, uncovering New London’s darkest secrets, ready to destroy the city in order to preserve it.

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Fantasy Literature

In the opening chapter, Vespa Nyx, the rebellious daughter of the curator of the New London Museum of Unnatural History, meets an annoying new Pedant named Hal Lumin.

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Night Owl Teen

Vespa wants nothing more than to continue working in her father's museum of Unnatural things.

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