This dark and thrilling adventure, with an unforgettable heroine, will captivate fans of steampunk, fantasy, and romance. On her 18th birthday, Lena Mattacascar decides to search for her father, who disappeared into the northern wilderness of Scree when Lena was young. Scree is inhabited by Peculiars, people whose unusual characteristics make them unacceptable to modern society. Lena wonders if her father is the source of her own extraordinary characteristics and if she, too, is Peculiar. On the train she meets a young librarian, Jimson Quiggley, who is traveling to a town on the edge of Scree to work in the home and library of the inventor Mr. Beasley. The train is stopped by men being chased by the handsome young marshal Thomas Saltre. When Saltre learns who Lena’s father is, he convinces her to spy on Mr. Beasley and the strange folk who disappear into his home, Zephyr House. A daring escape in an aerocopter leads Lena into the wilds of Scree to confront her deepest fears.
Fate's thoughts: The premise for this book sounds awesome. Unfortunately, this book wasn't for me. I disliked it so much that i wasn't able to get past the first hundred pages. But from what i did read, Lena is a girl with a birth defect, abnormally big hands and feet, that is thought to be on of the traits of a goblin. A goblin is one of the peculiars that lives in Scree. Lena has decided that for her 17th birthday she will travel to Scree to discover if there truly are such things as peculiars and if she is one. Along the way in the train she meets Jimson Quiggly. He was probably one of my favorite characters simply because he was constantly optimistic, kind and just a lovable character. Lena also meets Marshal Thomas Saltre who asks her to spy on someone for him . Marshal Thomas Saltre was probably my least favored character. He simply annoyed me. I also didn't enjoy the setting of this dystopian world. All in all the premise for this book is pretty good, but this book is just not my cup of tea.