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A Steampunk Gormenghast? That's the impression initially, and there is a lot of Peake type imagination and imagery. However this detailed account of a machine built over generations, and a boys part in its functioning, is tempered by contemporary allusions. Any story of a giant city sized machine worked, Metropolis-like, by slaves to its whim, will attract comparisons to our society, our infrastructure... Ourselves! This balance between imagery and allusion is well maintained, but I feel the story wins out.
It is an intreguing book which dangles mysteries in front of the reader one after the other an even answers a few as the story progresses. Danger and intrigue haunt our heroes on this adventure into a city so vast no one person can understand it. This is a great young adult book, but like the best of that genre would also be well appreciated by the discerning adult.