The basic premise of this novel is promising, and could form
the core of a well-crafted and absorbing book. Unfortunately,
"The Engines of Dawn" is not that book.
The writing is often awkward and cliche-ridden ("He sported
a black mustache of military smartness, and his snappy gray
tunic had nary a crease"), and the characters are largely
cardboard cut-outs, their actions and emotions changing from
moment to moment according to the