First off, I love the cover! It took me awhile to see it was a topography of a river. Now onto the book. The beginning was a bit slow and I was not sure what the setting was. To me, the setting seemed to be like a western set. As I kept reading, it got real interesting. I really liked Poe's character and her reasons for what she does. She designed an armor for the dredge based on what happened to her lover. I also hated the Admiral for what he did in his position of power. He kidnapped the drifter's children so he could have free labor and to gather gold. I also sympathized with the drifters. Their reasons were more justified than those of the Outpost. I really enjoyed this book.