This is a YA Steampunk adventure. The setting and the circumstances should put a new twist on the way you view the world. Three barely teen adventurers and their Tik Tok jack of all trades, Mr. Rivets are all that oppose the Mangleborn monsters striving to take over the world.
The author does a good job providing age appropriate personalities to his characters. Fergus can get so wrapped up in his appreciation of his sciences that he totally misses the danger he might face. I think all of us who have worked with children and particularly very bright children have known a Fergus. Archie exhibits the insecurities that epitomize the teen years. He is a very flawed hero which, of course, makes him more believable in a very unbelievable story.
Equally the single minded Hachi is easy to understand due to the trauma she has faced. I was a bit surprised by the amount of death dealing in an novel for this young of an age group. It is appropriate to the plot but gives the story a bit more edge that may stretch the comfort factor of some parents.
Mr. Rivets' interest in a self winding device provided a delightful tongue in cheek moment. Gratz did a nice job in creating his Steampunk world.
I liked the book and recommend it.
This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.