A Faustian Bargain

The Devil's Engine: Hellraisers - Alexander Gordon Smith

The Devil's Engine: Hellraisers is the first book in the newest series by Alexander Gordon Smith. This is a fast paced read, with plenty of action to please young (and not so young) readers everywhere.


Sixteen year old Marlow Green is facing new uncertainty. He's just been expelled from his latest school, the last option for him to succeed and gain his mother's approval. Walking through Staten Island, he comes upon an uproar that he can't explain. 


Marlow now faces an enormous choice, join the Hellraisers, or continue his downward spiral to prison. Joining the Hellraisers comes with a significant downfall, selling his soul to an ancient machine in exchange for super powers. But there may be a way for that contract to be broken, the consequences are colossal if the arrangement ends though.


A thoroughly enjoyable book, this is marketed to the 12-18 year old crowd, but older readers will not be disappointed. There is a fair bit of violence, but it's neither overly graphic or superfluous. I am very much looking forward to the rest of this series as it ends on quite a cliffhanger.