This was a fun read! I don't read too much middle-grade fiction, but the story proved engaging and well told. Appropriate for the intended age range, the suspense and conflict were moderate, but present. The story presented a great lesson on diversity and prejudice.
The characters were likable and believable (at least as would be expected in the fantastical world created by the author). The use of an omniscient POV (point of view) keeps the reader from engaging as deeply as could have been the case. I would have preferred the author use a stronger POV to avoid the, at time jarring, head-hopping.
Though I would have preferred a bit more development to the climax of the main storyline (perhaps more the age target than the writing), this book provided a creative glimpse into a world, or worlds, which I hope to read much more of in the future. Looking forward to book two.