The book sure doesn't look like what it is. It appears to be some sort of heroic fantasy, but it's really a post-apocolyptic story involving talking animals and cyborgs who are evil killers. It wasn't my cup of tea, but it wasn't a terrible story. Not for kids, though. Rough language, situations, and mindless, senseless cruelty, in some places.
This hybrid science fiction and fantasy tale paints a world in chaos. Witch chases Obasio who is claimed by a Delphic Oracle's prophecy to be able to find a "guidance system" that can take them to the moon, away from the gang-infested cities and burbs. This half-wild, half-rural land is inhabited by mythical beasts. A fully realized world with interesting observations about human nature.
Wow, what a great writer. She creates characters that you come to love and worry about. She takes you into alternative worlds and possible futures and spins stories that stay with you for a very long time. They make you think in different ways than you've ever thought before.
I enjoyed the book very much.
Atop a twisting, canyon-climbing road, a witch lurks in a fortress built strong to keep out dragons and ogres. In another part of the country side, a young orphan is maturing into a beautiful woman in the enchanted village that is her home. Somewhere nearby, a young man is seeking adventure after running away from his family's small farm. Suddenly a strange and terrible prophecy sets off a chain of events that will bring these three together in the heroic, romantic, and thrilling tale of an age-old battle.