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Good Reads review by Daisy Kath
Maynard is one of those characters who, although at the beginning they seem simple due to his age, as the story progresses, his evolution is seen, showing a young boy full of doubts, conflicting feelings, loyalty and search for the truth through the decisions that our protagonist must make while trying to survive the chaos that his life became from one moment to the next.
As for the other characters presented, the vast majority were a pleasant surprise, the way they were presented and developed made the story more intriguing since not all are what they appear and you even manage to doubt who is who on many occasions. My only problem with them is that many ends were left loose compared to many and I would have loved to know a little more about them as in the case of the past of Maynard's parents and Moony.
One of the things I liked the most about the book is that the story is more complex than it appears and many of the events are unpredictable until almost the moment they happen. The mysteries, the stories of the past, the loyalties questioned as well as the search for information and dangers are just around the corner. The rhythm of the story is frenetic and makes you want to read everything at once to know what will happen next, but at the same time it makes you read carefully so as not to lose any clues in sight since there are many doubts to solve.
The world that the author created makes me curious and it sounds very ingenious, I would have loved it if had an illustration or map to help when recreating the story. This is one of those books that catch you from beginning to end and leaves you wanting to know more about our protagonist, his allies, and this new world. I hope that the author decides to continue with Maynard's adventures since the outcome leaves many questions and a path to follow to delve into it with another book.
Recommended for lovers of mystery and adventure stories."
Good Reads review by Daisy Kath
I recommend this book to those who would love to get some adrenaline rush cause honestly reading this was like riding a roller coaster which is a good thing."
Good Reads review by Ania
The protagonist is smart, and he adapts well trough the changes, but he is still a kid and the author knew how to keep the balance to make it relatable.
The main problem I had with this book was that the pacing of the story is a little fast and I couldn't grow attached of most of the other characters, so it felt a little weird when they were facing difficult situations 'cause I didn't have the time to empathize with them. In the first chapter, the story went so fast I felt really confused, I couldn't place almost anything, I would have liked a little more description.
But it was worth continuing! I did have fun with the story, it's simple but entertaining. It does a really good job intriguing you from the beginning to the end. If you love fantasy, steampunk, adventure stories, you'll probably like this book."
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Good Reads review by Jene
This is a book that was really hard to put down, because the thread is full of tension and suspense, the characters are well developed and the storyline keeps the reader's attention. A really enjoyable read."
Good Reads review by Kerstin Vollbrecht
The story follows Maynard, a trouble-making, sharp witted youngster as his life falls apart, and he's forced from his home on a skyport, and into the frying-pan, as it were. The story is an adventure and mystery, wrapped up comfortably in a low science fiction/steampunk aesthetic that is rendered with beautiful minimalism.
The story is an adventure through a dangerous ferry on a world that may be a far future earth, it may not. Everything is old, decaying. If you enjoy The Gunslinger, Harry Potter and The Edge Chronicles, you should stop reading this review and pick up a copy of this novel.
Maynard's world is vibrant, lived-in. Subtly realised. McNeill's prose propels you through the story, and drags you through the hairpin revelations and array of strange, complex characters. A second reading reveals how layered the story really is, and the careful reader will uncover all kinds of nestled world-building, hidden hints at what's to come, and all kinds of secrets (eleven, eleven, eleven).
I recommend this novel for the story alone, and implore review and re-read to unpack the layers at work - to understand the secrets hidden beneath the surface."
Good Reads review by Sandry A