Friday, December 20, 2013

The Society of Steam: The Falling Machine


Today’s post is on The Society of Steam: The Falling Machine by Andrew Mayer. It is book one the Society of Steam trilogy and is published by Pyr Books. The cover is beautiful with two of the main characters on it Sarah and Tom with a villain on the side; the title and author’s name in white. It is told from third person close varying from chapter to chapter but the movement is natural and not jarring to the reader. There is no language, no sex, and some violence but it is not graphic so 13 and up should like and enjoy. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- In 1880 women aren’t allowed to vote, much less dress up in costumes and fight crime. But nineteen-year-old socialite Sarah Stanton still dreams of becoming one of the Paragons, New York’s greatest team of gentlemen superheroes.
Sarah finds opportunity in tragedy when Dennis Darby, her mentor and the leader of the Paragons, is murdered right before her eyes. To discover the truth behind the assassination, Sarah joins forces with the amazing mechanical man known as the Automaton. Together they begin to explore the mystery behind the assassination.
What they discover is a conspiracy among the heroes- a plot that will destroy the Paragons from within and deliver the secret substance that gives them their powers straight into the hands of the greatest villain the world has ever seen.
Now, is she is going to save them, and her mechanical friend, Sarah must become a true hero, no matter what the cost.

Review- I had so much fun with this book. The writing is strong, the characters are fun and interesting, and the plot is enjoyable. The only problem I have is that I do not have the other two novels in the trilogy… yet. The book happens pretty quickly once Sarah decides that she needs to avenge Dennis Darby’s murder, the story just flows. It starts with a bang and ends with twist that I guessed was coming but I was still pleased by it. Sarah is smart but she has been sheltered from the real world as a young woman of her time would have been. Sarah needs more and by the end of the novel she starts to get it. If you are an avid reader then you get where Mayer gets some inspiration for characters and I enjoyed that so much. If you are not in Steampunk or superheroes then maybe this is not the story for you. But if you are like me and love both then go get this book today. You will not regret it.

I give this book a Four of out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I bought this book with my own money.