Col lives on the Upper Decks of the juggernaut Worldshaker, a mobile city as big as a mountain. He has been chosen as next Supreme Commander - but then a girl, Filthy, escapes from Below and appears in his cabin. "Don't let 'em take me!" she begs.
Will he hand her over, or will he break all the rules? Col's safe, elite world is about to fall apart as he learns the terrible truth about the nature of his society in this steampunk novel by Richard Harland.
This is probably the first steampunk novel I've read ever. I think there may have been one other book but I'm not sure. I've yet to read Scott westerfeild's Leviathan series so those don't count.
Although I found this book in the YA section of my library, I think it is meant more for pre-teens. Or at least, it kinda seemed that way. Though Colbert (Col) is sixteen there were, at times, I thought that he acted younger. Maybe it was his innocence and his lack of knowledge about the world, but something about him screamed "fourteen year old!". While Col seemed younger I thought that Riff acted older. It must be because their experiences and knowledge of the world. Riff is not innocent while Col is until the end.
I thought that this book had some slow parts to it. While the beginning was good I thought that the first part of the middle was slow, right before he was pushed into a tube. While Col did go down into the Below