This was a very delightful and fun read! I think this story would appeal to both young and old alike. I’ve never read a post-apocalyptic story quite like this one. It’s very unique in that regard.
I know, how can any storyline set after the apocalypse be delightful! Right? Well, if it’ll ease your mind a bit, the characters in the story had absolutely nothing to do with the apocalypse. They just have to deal with the aftermath. Further, the setting is far enough after the events of the apocalypse (800 years) that it’s considered more historic than present.
Have you even imagined what it would be like to not only ride – but LIVE – in a hot air balloon? That was one of the delights in this story. Also, the variations in technology is very thought provoking. The characters seem to mostly have “old school” technology, but yet they interact with clumsy (and comical) robots that seem to be a collection of odd parts.
From a technical standpoint, I thought the pacing was perfect, and characters were developed, and any SPAG problems were minimal.
This was my first venture into the “steampunk” genre.
This story kept me fully engaged and turning the pages! Highly recommended!