The Falling Machine Author:Andrew Mayer 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 a... more »s 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.« less
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 as they chose a new leader. It rapidly descended into boring territory and became a rather tedious read. Until slightly more than half way through, then the action started and I couldn't put it down. With everyone wearing masks it was impossible to tell who was the traitor. It will be interesting to see where the story goes now. I must say that the idea of grown men running around in silly costumes with masks was slightly ridiculous.
I liked Sarah Stanton but disliked her father and step-brother. They had that "women belong in the kitchen" attitude which was condescending and irritating. Sarah may not have been a Paragon but she lived with them since she was a little girl and knew almost as much as they did. Alexander Stanton's attitude really annoyed me and I was glad when Sarah ignored his edicts.