Tris is an orphan in a boarding school. She feels like she doesn’t fit in and is just waiting for the day she can leave. Her parents were astronauts and she dreams of the stars. The only thing she has from her parents is a black rock, a meteorite and it seems a strange man in a gas mask wants it. One day the Circus Galacticus comes to town and Tris joins the group. She is running from her boring life and the strange man, Nyl. But the Circus isn’t just any circus…the Big Top is actually a space ship and all the players are from planets throughout the universe. They are all Tinker touched in some way with special abilities. Tris tries to fit in with this motley crew all the while wondering what makes her special. But even running away with the circus has not stopped her pursuer. Nyl is still on her trail and she is putting the whole Circus in danger.
Tris is a fun character. She doesn’t always use her head and think things through or ask enough questions but she is smart and brave and heroic. I really enjoyed the cast of characters from the Circus. They are all unique and interesting. I wish we would have gotten more information on the Tinker/Mandate conflict. But this is a really fast paced book and some of those details just seemed to fall away. I liked the conflict between the Ringmaster and Nyl and I would definitely like to know more about them. Not sure if Fagan has plans to write more about this world but it seems like there is a lot more to explore.