By far the strongest point of this novel is the very in depth first person perspective. It's impressively created and executed and I could think no other way to tell a better story of Amerigo. It's effective because his character is both a bit naive (as in so through a child's perspective) but also very vigilant and aware.
This was a very immersive book, especially because of the setting and protagonist, and that was just made the book this much more effective. While I feel that the book's consistency was a little off, there were many memorable and effective moments that either left me heartbroken or completely satisfied.
Thank you for giving me an advanced copy, I'd strongly reccommend to historical fiction lovers. You will not be dissapointed, The Children's Train uses all of its tools to make a very powerfully written novel.