Power Under Pressure (The Society of Steam, Book Three)
by Andrew P. Mayer
Paperback: 390 pages
Publisher: Pyr (January 8, 2013)
(Barry’s score 4 stars out of 5)
This is an adrenaline-fuelled steam-punk adventure series that will have you one the edge of your seat to the very last page. The Society of Paragons is gone – destroyed from within by traitors and enemies. With the death of The Industrialist and the rebirth of the Iron-Clad as a monstrous half-human creature known as “The Shell,” Lord Eschaton now has almost everything he needs to cover the world in fortified smoke and rebuild it in his image – everything except for the mechanical heart of the Automaton. The device is nearer than he knows. Just across the East River, hiding in a Brooklyn Junkyard, Sarah Stanton is trying to come to restore the mechanical man to life. But before she can rebuild her friend, she must first discover the indomitable power of her own heart and save herself. Only then will she be able to forge a ragtag group of repentant villains, damaged Paragons, and love-mad geniuses into the team of heroes known as “The Society of Steam.”
Power Under Pressure is the third book of the The Society of Steam series by Andrew P. Mayer. It is targeted at the YA readers, although this 54 year-old enjoyed the series. Power Under Pressure hits the book stores January 8th, 2013, and while it is a good read, I strongly suggest reading The Falling Machine (my review link) and Hearts of Smoke and Steam (my review link) before tackling the third book in the series.
Basically, The Society of Steam series is steampunk superhero pulp goodness. The pace is fast with the action that one might expect from a superhero story. Mayer certainly knows how to weave a good tale. Each book in the series was better than the last with Power Under Pressure wrapping things up nicely (or does it?).
All in all, I enjoyed the final book and the series. I recommend it for the steampunk fan, the superhero enthusiast, and those who enjoy a pulpy tale. I give the book and series 4 stars out of 5.
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