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Engn [Kindle Edition]

Simon Kewin
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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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 best friend, Connor. He thinks he, at least, is safe - until the day the ironclads come to haul him away.

Yet all is not lost, Finn has a plan. In the peace of the valley he and Connor 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. Is Connor really working to destroy Engn?

Or has he become part of the machine?

Praise for Engn
"With elements of Hunger Games and Ender’s Game, ENGN stands on its own and shrugs off genre classifications"

"Engn is an exciting and richly textured novel"

"In reading this I was reminded or Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast trilogy - a vivid world, characters by turns strange, ordinary, and mysterious. The world of Engn is captivating. Engn is about how the hopes of adults are given as promises to the younger as a prayer to the future, and how the trust of the young is broken by the reality of their inability to keep the promises"

"Engn is a mashup between two of the hottest trends in young adult fiction right now: dystopian worlds and steampunk."

"I was completely enthralled by this book. Simon Kewin's writing is vivid. The premise of the book reminded me slightly of The Hunger Games and the Ironclads were describes similarly to the ringwraiths from Lord of the Rings."

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 615 KB
  • Print Length: 395 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: December House (11 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #422,174 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Simon was born on the misty Isle of Man but now lives deep in the English countryside with his wife and two daughters.

He writes science fiction and fantasy as well as some stories that can't make their minds up.

Find out more on his website at

Customer Reviews

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Are you next to be taken to Engn? 18 July 2013
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I was totally hooked on this book and its responsible for 2 nights of lost sleep!

The story revolves around Finn, a young boy whose sister gets taken away to the mysterious Engn, a gigantic machine that requires new bodies each day to stay operational. And one day it will be Finn's turn...It's an amazing journey that tests the courage, friendship and trust between Finn and his friends.

Would recommend this to pretty much everyone!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Friendship under Fire 15 July 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I wish this book had been available when I was a kid! I would have loved it -- so much better than the Hardy Boys series I devoured. With elements of Hunger Games and Ender's Game, ENGN stands on its own and shrugs off genre classifications in much the same way as A Wrinkle in Time: not entirely fantasy, but not strictly science fiction's Steampunk subgenre, either. The first third of the story is slow but necessary; the flashbacks (tree climbing, bullying, avalanche, the trio's adventures) set the stage for the friendships that matter most and make up the heart of the story. Younger readers may not have the patience to "get to the good part," but by the time Finn reaches ENGN, I found the last two-thirds of the book intriguing and engrossing. The descriptions are fantastic, making the machine city both a place of wonder and horror, and the inhabitants are puzzling, inscrutable characters that serve to amp up the mystery. Finn has to feel things out by hypothesizing and testing his theories on his environment since so few people are willing to give him a straight answer. Sometimes he ends up in horrible situations, but in the end, it's his loyalty that saves the day -- despite one character's honorable act of self-sacrifice. 5 stars for a debut children's novel from an author whose much shorter work I've enjoyed for years.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Steampunk Gormenghast 11 Nov 2013
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A Steampunk Gormenghast? That's the impression initially, and there is a lot of Peake type imagination and imagery. However this detailed account of a machine built over generations, and a boys part in its functioning, is tempered by contemporary allusions. Any story of a giant city sized machine worked, Metropolis-like, by slaves to its whim, will attract comparisons to our society, our infrastructure... Ourselves! This balance between imagery and allusion is well maintained, but I feel the story wins out.
It is an intreguing book which dangles mysteries in front of the reader one after the other an even answers a few as the story progresses. Danger and intrigue haunt our heroes on this adventure into a city so vast no one person can understand it. This is a great young adult book, but like the best of that genre would also be well appreciated by the discerning adult.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read 30 Sep 2013
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This book sucks you in and becomes compulsive reading - you can't wait to know what will happen next! Little slow to start, but stick with it.
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