It was steampunk and a dollar on Kindle so I felt like it was a deal that could not be passed up. It has the potential to be a much more interesting story but it does not seem to be fleshed out properly (characters and plot)and was often choppy. I would have given it a full five stars if it had not left so much out. The story has flavors of Oliver Twist (which I love), and has some other interesting twists as well, but just ends out of nowhere. There is a book two which I suspect might actually be the other half of a complete story (which did not need to be broken into two books). I plan on reading it immediately, but it does annoy me that it was made into two books.