The Devil's Engine #1: Hellraisers
The D evil's Engine #1: Hellraisers
0 Publisher Farrar , Straus and Giroux
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Alexander Gordon Smith
The Devil?s Engine #1:
Marlow Greene just got himself expelled from the last school that
would accept him. Without any plan, he wanders through New
York City?right into a battle between superhumans and demons.
Eventually, Marlow discovers the ancient war between humanity
and demons and joins the battle himself. He learns of The Engine,
a machine as old as evil that can grant any wish in exchange for
your soul. But someone betrays the Engineers. Worse, it?s Marlow?s
best friend whom he saved from the enemies. Now Marlow and
a handful of other Engineers have less than a month to stop the
demon Mammon or risk losing their own souls.
One of the novel?s strongest points is the world building. The
Engine creates an interesting twist on the deal-with-the-devil
trope. The abilities that people wish for in the novel show the
author?s creativity. However, the book starts off slow. Marlow
doesn?t understand the world until well after a hundred pages,
and up till then the other characters are dragging him along.
Additionally, the two main characters feel cliche?a normal guy
dragged into a dangerous world, and a tough girl who doesn?t
have time for love. But ultimately, Smith creates a novel that
engages readers. He ends the novel in an amazing cliffhanger,
ensuring that readers will pick up the next book.
*Contains moderate violence and moderate language.