This book reads much like an ARC of an author's first book. I really wish an editor had looked through this book before printing. There are typos and grammatical errors galore.Beyond that, however, is a novel that, conceptually, is fascinating and interesting. The first person POV makes the Captain sound a little egotistical and self-centered sometimes, but from his actions, I think that's spot on. The writing isn't strong, the characters aren't as fleshed out as I wanted them to be, but the promise of a good novel is there - I really wish more time and editing had gone into this book. It IS good...it just could have been so much better.All and all, it's very cool to know a little backstory about the characters of Abney Park, their world(s), and the stories behind the songs.