The Waking Engine

The Waking Engine - David Edison

This could have been something so unique and special but what it turned out to be was utter chaos. I actually breathed a sigh of relief when I finished it. At times it almost felt like a chore reading this.


In the beginning of the book I felt like I had either jumped in the middle of a story of that I was supposed to come into reading this book already having knowledge about certain things. It starts off with the main character (or at least I guess he was the main character, but more about that later) Cooper waking up confused and lost in a place known as the City Unspoken. Quite like Cooper I spent most of this book confused and lost. It seemed like terms and places in the book would be thrown at readers and then an explanation of it would follow a ways afterwards. I would have liked more backstory about the City Unspoken and certain characters to have been in the beginning.


Another problem that I had with this book was the constant point-of-view changes between a ton of different characters. In fact I found some of the characters that at times controlled the point-of-view to be unnecessary to the plot. I would have liked the author to have picked two or three characters to switch between points-of-view instead of a whole bunch. I at first also had a hard time finding a likeable character in the book but once I read more about some characters I felt myself sympathizing and liking them (particularly Sesstri).


To me this book needs a lot of work still and at times tended to be extremely odd. I couldn't really connect with the characters, and it was hard to follow the plot making me have to go back and keep re-reading passages. As you can see from my review, I would not recommend this book to others.


Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the galley copy of the book.