Review: Hellraisers

I read this book not having any preconceived notions. I didn’t even read the summary. And Wow–what a unique concept


When a sixteen-year-old troublemaker named Marlow Green is trapped in a surreal firefight against nightmarish creatures in the middle of his New York City neighborhood, he unwittingly finds himself amid a squad of secret soldiers dedicated to battling the legions of the devil himself. Powering this army of young misfits is an ancient machine from the darkest parts of history. Known as the devil’s engine, it can make any wish come true-as long as you are willing to put your life on the line. Promised powers beyond belief, and facing monstrous apparitions straight out of the netherworld, Marlow must decide if he’s going to submit to a demonic deal with the infernal machine that will enable him to join the crusade-if it doesn’t kill him first.
From the author of the Escape from Furnace series, here is the opening salvo in an explosive new horror trilogy about an ordinary American kid caught up in an invisible war against the very worst enemy imaginable.

Length: 352 Pages

Publisher:  Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Release Date: December 1, 2015

About the Author: 

Alexander Gordon Smith lives in Norwich, England. He is the author of The Fury and the Escape from Furnace series, which has sold nearly half-a-million copies.


As stated before, I did not have any preconceived notions when reading Hellraisers. I saw the cover, thought it looked AWESOME, and started in.

The first thing I have to mention is the powerful imagery that Smith uses to invoke every emotion possible. WOW. Every sentence is twisted in such a way where you feel you are there, pictures leaping from the pages. He twists your heart with pain, fear, sorrow, and rarely allows a moment for you to catch your breath in between.

When you combine the horrific images with a unique concept, it creates a terribly beautiful novel. There have been many stories written about people selling their souls to the Devil, but selling your soul being the key to saving everyone else’s souls? Risking your own eternal damnation so that others don’t have to? Never seen it. And I loved that twist.

The only thing that I had a hard time with was the way the main character, Marlow, became connected with the Hellraisers in the first place. I just didn’t find the circumstances surrounding the events believable. A kid who has debilitating asthma and is about to collapse at any moment runs straight into the only place where there is billowing smoke, explosions, and screaming? Even if the cops are after you and you are cornered…he ran toward the only option that equaled certain death.

That aside, I really liked the book overall. The dual point of view aspect was awesome and I felt it helped me relate to the characters more. The characters were deep, complicated, and..well…human.

I give The Devil’s Engine: Hellraisers 4 out of 5 Stars

Content:(0 being none and 5 being A LOT)

Language: 3

There is swearing littered throughout the book, including the F-word

Violence: 4

There is graphic violence littered throughout the book, including blood and gore.

Sexual: 1

An innuendo here and there, but nothing major


The Devil’s Engine: Hellraisers is available both digitally and in hardcover. You can purchase it by clicking on the image below. Happy Reading!