The God Engines

It’s a relatively short and dark fantasy/science fiction work (more the latter). I read it straight through and it raises profound questions about faith, gods, morality and more. It’s John Scalzi’s The God Engines. The cover blurbs compare it in some respect to Lovecraft and I suppose that is fair enough. Technology has been abandoned (at least for interstellar travel), replaced by god engines. These supernatural beings are part of a larger order of beings with its own history and conflict. The main characters serve one of these gods who is lord over all, whose power is sustained by faith and whose character is called into question. No ultimate meaning remains at the end, it seems. This is not nearly as light or fun as any of Scalzi’s other works I’ve read (the Old Man’s War series, Agent to the Stars, or The Androids Dreams).

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