My rating: 3 of 5 stars
An engaging reality, though disapointingly a little simplistic. My hope was for something dark and gritty, with a deep sense of what had created the train and the multi-varied pressures shaping it’s inhabitants.
What in fact I found was a strong central concept, but something that felt shallow and weakly fleshed out. Bordering on a film noir-ish setting, the adventure ‘up to first class’ was suitably break neck, though the constant drum banging about ‘the first class suppressing the second and third’ wore very thin only a quarter of the way into the book.
That said, volume two promises to be ‘outside the train’, and I look forward to seeing the film, if only for the atmosphere and my own sense of closure 🙂