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Author: Simon Kewin
Publisher: December House
Publication Date: July 15, 2013
Genre: Steampunk
Pages: 320

Book Description: Finn’s childhood in the valley is idyllic, but across the plains lies a threat. Engn is an ever-growing steam-powered fortress, that needs a never-ending supply of workers. Generation after generation have been taken away, escorted into its depths by the mysterious and terrifying Ironclads, never to return.

The Masters of Engn first take Finn’s sister, then his best friend, Connor. He thinks he, at least, is safe – until the day the ironclads come to haul him away too.

Yet all is not lost, Finn has a plan. In the peace of the valley he and Connor made a pact. A promise to join the mythical Wreckers and end Engn’s tyranny.

But now on his own, lost and thwarted in the vastness of Engn, Finn begins to have doubts. Is Connor really working to destroy Engn? 

Or has he become part of the machine?

*Book won through LibraryThing’s Early Reviewer program*

First Line: “The Ironclads lifted Finn and heaved him into the moving engine.”

I was really intrigued by this book because of the synopsis and the beautiful cover. I had high hopes but I soon realized this book would not be one for me. The writing itself was well done (there were only a few errors that I think are caused by kindle formating errors) and descriptive enough to easily picture the world Kewin had created. The characters were realistic and believable and there were times when I was rooting for one or scowling at another.

I was really intrigued about the city of Engn. What was it’s purpose? Why were these people taken from their homes, never to be seen again? Would Finn and Connor be able to destroy Engn? I kept reading the book to see if the answers to those questions were answered. But the story felt dragged on and really boring at times. I liked that it started with an action scene and then went back to tell Finn’s story of how he got from point A to B while he is being transported to Engn, but then when he arrived there were many parts that just feel dull. On a few occasions I felt myself falling asleep while reading it. But still I kept on because I really wanted to know why is Engn there and why did it all start? Sadly I would never learn the answer to my burning question. Especially near the end I had a sinking feeling I would never get my answer. The story started to just feel dragged on and on. Not getting to know the reason that Engn was around (which I felt was the entire point of the book because they want to destroy it because people are being taken there AND YOU NEVER LEARN WHY) was the nail in the coffin for me not liking the book (and the reason it will not be getting a full 3 star review).

It ended up not being my cup of tea, but by all means try it out if it sounds like something you’d enjoy.

My Rating: ★★.5