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Monstrous Devices by Damien Love

Monstrous Devices

Damien Love

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Category: Children's
Imprint: Viking Books for Young Readers
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 16 Oct 2018
ISBN: 9780451478580
5 stars out of 5
Alex O’Connell
13 Mar 2020

" Love writes with such confidence, fluency and voice that it’s hard to imagine this is his first book"

“This one is special,” says Alex’s grandfather, when he sends our boy-hero a 1920s tin robot through the post from Prague and tells him to take good care of it. I can say the same for this hugely original, exciting debut novel by Damien Love. He has built a fantastical but entirely believable world with scary killer robots oiled to perfection with automaton history, surprising characters and dry humour. It’s hard not to see a film adaptation — Tim Burton, please — as you’re racing through the pages; so plotty and cinematic is this story, so hot on detail and funny in all the right places.

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