I have not been so captivated by a book in a long time. From the opening lines to the explosive climax this book held my interest on so many levels. As a storyteller myself I was kept on the edge of my seat by the concepts and more importantly the characterisation. Comparison to Potter and Pullman abound in other reviewers comments but I feel that it should be compared to Gibbson and Sterling as it has many themes that echo thorough out the works of both authors but Reeve fails to shy away from the effects of the characters actions. Some obvious reverences to science fiction ideas Though the character of “Shrike” is the direct descendant of a “Terminator” it is perhaps the most Human of all the characters and will be held in my imagination next to chitty-chitty-bang-bangs’ Child catcher for shear menace. The Plethora of secondary characters (found so often in epic “quest” tales) are all exquisitely drawn, all complete with individual motivation. And in many ways that’s is what this book is about . Not only what drives Cities to tare up their roots (and Routs) But what Drives societies to survive and through that, Survive as individuals. Always at a cost to their humanity. Sold by most of the other reviewers as a book for the TEEN market (what ever that is) I cant recommend this enough to people of all ages. Go on Read it.. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.