The classic “several people from different backgrounds team up to beat ancient evil” story, with a healthy dollop of classic steampunk and iced with a touch of H.P. Lovecraft. What else can I say? The book has robot ninjas, rayguns, mind-control, and electricity cannons. Certain must-read for all in need of a great story.
I began reading this book on its cover and after reading the blurb on the back. I expected a somewhat lighthearted piece, a group of kids getting together to fight an ancient evil, blah blah, et cetera et cetera.
I did not see that one coming.
The book contains internal conflict in the extreme, allows a rather sad backstory to lurk behind all of the characters, shows no qualms about killing off new characters, and even (for once) makes the main protagonist someone OTHER than the conquering hero type.
Archie has dreamed of being the fearless leader of the seven, yet is given the role of the strongest and most inherently monstrous character on the team. This book is gripping, interesting, and unexpectedly dark. (Although with the team battling monsters that would not be out of place in H.P. Lovecraft, perhaps I should have seen it coming.) The book also raises an interesting “what if” for what settlers would have done had European influence cut off before the various Indian Wars. Keep writing, sir. I must have more.
– Travis W., YALSA Teen Top Ten Galley Reviewer