Please enjoy this excerpt from All Men of Genius by Lev Rosen, out September 27 from Tor Books.
At this point in the novel, seventeen-year-old Violet, a brilliant inventor living in late Victorian England, has almost successfully enacted her plan to enter Illyria College. Illyria is the most renowned scientific college in the world, and also the most exclusive—accepting only five students a year, all of them male. With her father going to America for a year, Violet and her twin brother Ashton have convinced him that they will be spending the year in London, in preparation for Violet’s finally coming out. Violet will in actuality be enrolled in Illyria, in disguise as Ashton, while Ashton gallivants around town, enjoying himself, and perhaps the coachman as well. Her childhood friend Jack is also in on the plan, and also applying to Illyria. But first, Violet has to get into Illyria. She has hand-delivered her application, but she still has to be interviewed. And before that, she has to learn to successfully impersonate a man.