Publisher: Capstone, 2015
Source: Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
"Murmurs arose among the works as they became aware a human, a Topsider, was among them (73)."
Jerome is struggling to move past the sudden death of his mother and brother in a fire and his father is busy grieving himself as he tries to keep his business running. While at the junk yard with his father (who is there on a business matter) Jerome meets Arkie--a creature made of an ice chest, tin can, and various other metal and steel parts. It isn't long before Jerome ventures into the underground city beneath the junk yard with Arkie and discovers that there is a whole city of Scrappers living there.
There are some other characters that have been brought up who live above, or Topside, but we haven't heard much from them. In fact, most of the 70 some pages have just been Jerome and Arkie and some Scrappers. I'm thinking, because of the cover, that his friend CiCi will take a bigger role as we continue, but I'm wondering when he will return Topside since he's been gone for quite awhile at this point.
It has a bit of a Gregor the Overlander feel to it, but with an emphasis on recycling and not so much on quests.
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