Review: The Falling Machine (The Society of Steam, Book One)

The Falling Machine (The Society of Steam, Book One)
by Andrew Mayer
Paperback: 285 pages
Publisher: Pyr
ISBN-10: 1616143754
ISBN-13: 978-1616143756

Product Description

In 1880 women aren’t allowed to vote, much less dress up in a costume and fight crime…

But twenty-year-old socialite Sarah Stanton still dreams of becoming a hero. Her opportunity arrives in tragedy when the leader of the Society of Paragons, New York’s greatest team of gentlemen adventurers, is murdered right before her eyes. To uncover the truth behind the assassination, Sarah joins forces with the amazing mechanical man known as The Automaton. Together they unmask a conspiracy at the heart of the Paragons that reveals the world of heroes and high-society is built on a crumbling foundation of greed and lies. When Sarah comes face to face with the megalomaniacal villain behind the murder, she must discover if she has the courage to sacrifice her life of privilege and save her clockwork friend.

The Falling Machine (The Society of Steam, Book One) takes place in a Victorian New York powered by the discovery of Fortified Steam, a substance that allows ordinary men to wield extraordinary abilities, and grant powers that can corrupt gentlemen of great moral strength. The secret behind this amazing substance is something that wicked brutes will gladly kill for and one that Sarah must try and protect, no matter what the cost.

My thoughts
While the book is targeted more for the YA crowd, this (nearly) 53 year-old enjoyed the book.

Let’s take a look at the art. The cover art gives us a comic book vibe and I think that goes well with steampunk and superheroes. I would like to have seen more interior art. Sadly, there was only one picture inside the book and more interior would have helped with the book’s slow pace.

As much as I love steampunk, mystery, and superheroes, I still struggled with the pace of the book. Having said that, I was rewarded with some excellent action. On more than one occasion, I thought of how this book would look as a graphic novel.

Cliffhanger ending? Really? This book is part one of a three part series, which may explain the pacing. The characters are unusual and interesting. The setting is vivid.

I can recommend “The Falling Machine” for any steampunk lover, mystery fan, or superhero enthusiast. I enjoyed it and give it 3 1/2 stars.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Pyr. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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