Lost in the great machine…
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 friend. Finn thinks he, at least, is safe - until the day the ironclads come to haul him away too.
Yet all is not lost, because Finn has a plan. In the peace of the valley he and his friends 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. Are his friends really working to destroy Engn?
Or have they become part of the machine?
Reviews for Engn
Echoing the social schisms of the Industrial Revolution without sacrificing pace or visceral threat, Kewin forges a steampunk thriller that connect with both the mind and the heart.
For as long as anyone in the village can remember, the machine-city of Engn has taken children, no more than one per family, to feed its constant need for workers. Finn was too young to really understand when the Ironclads took his sister for the city, but he understands all too well when they take his best friend Connor. Putting aside his pain, he focuses on finding his place in the village. Until [...]
This is an amazing steam punk novel that drew me in fairly quickly, it did take a while for the major action to take place though. I found the whole concept of the world run by this huge machine that takes people and has them tested and toil inside the innner workings to level up to different parts of the machine. I thought the author did a great job of describing all the innner workings and the many relationships between the characters. You are kept guessing through out the whole novel where Finn is actually going to end [...]