Just at the beginning of WWI, some nations have taken to steam-powered machines and some have taken to more animatistic made machines that they use for battles.
Aleksander Ferdinand has been kidnapped after his parents were killed by their own people. There are only a few who are still faithful to Aleksander and his beliefs, and have taken precautions to keep him safe.
Deryn, a girl who is clambering at the bit to be able to become a pilot has disguised herself to try and join the British Air Service. With her taking chances the way she is one thought came to me – will she be discovered? what will happen if she is?
With war starting, will both sides be able to reclaim or overcome the other side to get what they want?
I have to say, this is a great book for kids who in my case with my son is a reluctant reader, and when this book arrived he was actually interested in what it was all about. It is also great for those exploring what genre’s of books they will ultimately want to read in adulthood to help them decide.
My son is reading this at school and at home, it is really holding his attention, and he is actually talking about what he thinks may happen in the chapters he hasn’t read. Will Deryn be discovered, will the war change things that were once quiet and calm? What will really happen when the machines take over Europe, or when the Animals take over? The humour is great as well I find it is quite agreeable for kids. I did hear my son chuckling at a few passages while he read quietly and then asked what part he was at, and once he told me I chuckled as well.
Like I mentioned before, the texturization of the dust cover as well as the full colour diagrams and illustrations in the novel make it quite unique and would be a keepsake just for that alone.