This 72 pager by Jeremy Stevens is aimed at middle school ages up through adult. I think it is probably most interesting to the lower part of that range. At least at first. The story is told from the point of view of a 7th grader. Once adults became important to the plot, then it started to grab me. The “mystery” ended up being compelling and there were enough loose ends to expect follow up stories. Which is good because I would like to see where the various plot lines end up.
The first chapter is something of an introduction that adds more mystery to the story, but is not obviously part of the plot. At least not yet.
While the story has to fall under the genre of sci-fi, there are no monsters or technology that seems like magic. It has more in common with a western.
Definitely good for younger readers that like a little sci-fi, but not too much!