The Falling Machine
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... show more
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.
Publish date: May 24th 2011
Pages no: 284
Edition language: English
, Young Adult
, Science Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, Alternate History
Series: The Society of Steam (#1)
2.5 starsI had a very difficult time getting into this novel. A bit of steampunk, some superheroes, add in a lot of girl-trying-to-prove-her-intelligence-and-choose-her-destiny, a controlling father, a deceased mother, an unwelcome and arrogant suitor, an automaton who just might be more human than ...
A steampunk novel featuring superheroes - The Paragons (the good guys) and The Children of Eschaton (the bad guys) and the new invention of steam power. What started out as an interesting concept quickly fizzles when the leader of the Paragons was killed and the infighting and back-stabbing began a...
Clearly written as the first book in a series, this is pretty much what it says on the tin - steampunk superheroes in NYC. Good beach/plane reading, but don't expect a real resolution at the end. I believe this is his first novel, but it doesn't feel like one.
The funnest thing I've read all year. Like reading Verne or Wells. Just great fun all the way through from characters to plot to humor. A truly fun experience. Couldn't put it down. Can't wait to read the next installment! Highly recommended.
An interesting combination of the superhero and steampunk genres. The viewpoint changes, but the main character tends to be Sarah Stanton, the daughter of a rich high placed society man, who also is one of the Paragons, the superhero's of the time. The book starts with Sarah and her half-brother, Na...