Piper is a scrapper. She has been her whole life. She also has an incredible talent for fixing things. Those two facts are the two reasons she is still surviving on her own, after her father died in a factory. Piper finds an unconscious girl amidst the wreckage of the Meteor Fields. The girl, Anna, doesn’t remember anything about her past, but when a man comes knocking on Piper’s door claiming that Anna is his daughter, Anna is absolutely terrified of him. Anna also has a interesting tattoo of a mechanical dragonfly on her arm, proving that she is protected by the king of the neighboring kingdom, the Dragonfly Territories. So Piper and Anna escape on the 401, the train that ferries goods and passengers through Merrow Kingdom and the Dragonfly Territories. Somehow the “wolf” catches their scent and the two girls are in trouble. Will the 401 crew help them with their escape, or will they just throw the two girls off the train?
The Mark of the Dragonfly definitely wasn’t what I expected when I first picked it up. I thought it would be about a magical fantasy land. While it does have a bit of magic in it, the book more focuses on machines and other mechanical components. It was a great book, very engaging and took an unexpected turn near the end. I have to say it’s one of the few book that I haven’t read something quite similar to before. I do wish, though, that the story would have continued just a little bit longer; I found it didn’t end at a terribly good spot. Most of the problems in the story were resolved, but there was one problem especially which wasn’t, and I wanted to know what happened. However, it was still a good book.