The Live-Forever Machine

Mass Market Paperback | April 5, 2004

byKenneth Oppel

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This is Kenneth Oppel’s debut young adult novel, greeted with great reviews when it was first published. The story of 14-year-old Eric, who witnesses a strange confrontation in the city museum between an aged curator and an eerily intense young man, The Live-Forever Machine immediately transports the reader into an ancient, centuries-old conflict. Alexander, guardian of the secret of immortality, only wants to preserve the past. His nemesis, Coil, will do anything to destroy it. Within the eerie museum, and deep below it in the city’s subterranean depths, Eric becomes the pawn in a life-or-death struggle for control over the Live-Forever Machine.

A tautly written thriller , The Live-Forever Machine is an unputdownable read.

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This is Kenneth Oppel’s debut young adult novel, greeted with great reviews when it was first published. The story of 14-year-old Eric, who witnesses a strange confrontation in the city museum between an aged curator and an eerily intense young man, The Live-Forever Machine immediately transports the reader into an ancient, centuries-o...

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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:252 pages, 7 × 4.75 × 0.57 inPublished:April 5, 2004Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:000648560X

ISBN - 13:9780006485605

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Live Forever Machine Awesome amazing book and encourage it to everyone. Especially people ten and older. Again AMAZING . Amazing
Date published: 2014-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Done in a classic style This story is told in a classic science fiction style. It reminds me of early Robert A. Heinlein or Piers Anthony. It is very well written and draws the reader in and captures the imagination; you keep turning the pages wondering what will happen next, and often it is not what you first expected. If it was written in homage to Sci-Fi masters from old it achieved its goal, and if it was just written as a story, it was exceedingly well done. It is the story of Eric, a fourteen-year-old who is tall and gangly - a bookworm and history buff. He lives across the street from the museum of history and spends time there every day. It started when he was young, as trips with his father, and now is just part of his routine. Each trip he tries to find 5 new facts to memorize. On one such visit he witnesses a confrontation between a museum curator and an intense young man, who smells of smoke, and oil and machines. As the two war, first with words and then ancient weapons, Eric realizes something is off. The curate dropped something in their tussle, and Eric retrieves it; it is a locket painted on wood and dated from 1445 and is a beautiful woman named Gabriella della Signatura. The picture captivates Eric, and though he doesn't want to return it, he does, only to discover that the curator is named Alexander and he has been wagering a war with his young adversary Coyle across centuries and around the globe, going back to when both of them worked at the great library of Alexandra. Eric tells what he is discovering to his friend Chris, and together they end up going on an adventure in the underworld below the city in the tunnels, pipes and shafts to save the history Eric loves, and to retrieve Alexander's Life-Forever machine. Soon they find they are just pawns in a life and death game that has played out across time. Can a bookworm and a jock save their city? This was a wonderful book, and I know it will become one of my favorites and be read again and again over the years.
Date published: 2010-08-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It was Amazing! The book The Live Forever Machine was great! I would give this book an eight out of ten because the overall was good but the ending wasnt very good. I really like how he described everything! Its detail made mental images thus helping the reader connect to the story. By:J-star
Date published: 2008-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An amazing book from an amazing writer Kenneth Oppel brought me in to amazing world and showed me what reading can do for you. This book told an amazing story which should be told to the people who love fiction.
Date published: 2005-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exciting This book was so exciting! At first I didn't think it was going to be that good but then it got really exciting and I was always reading the book. I loved that book and I know you will too!
Date published: 2004-03-17