This is a good dystopian novel. Ben Gold is a hardened survivor and is a pilot down to his very marrow. If he's not sailing above the ground, he's not himself. At first he seems selfish and closed off. Willing to do nearly anything to survive and thrive in a crummy world. But when pushed against the wall he steps up and does what's right and helps those he cares for. There is many thrilling and quick-paced scenes and a surprising sweet romance building as the story progressed. There were a few slow areas but still a good read.
Ben Gold is used to being a loner but circumstances bring him into something bigger. Miranda and her search for the cure to the BUG. Originally he agreed to fly her where she needed and protect her, but now she wants a live Feral on his ship. Which is highly crazy and so dangerous. For a long time he argues against it but life has different plans for him and after he loses everything he thought was important, he realizes how important Miranda is.
Ben Gold lives in dangerous times. Two generations ago, a virulent disease turned the population of most of North America into little more than beasts called Ferals. Some of those who survived took to the air, scratching out a living on airships and dirigibles soaring over the dangerous ground.
Ben has his own airship, a family heirloom, and has signed up to help a group of scientists looking for a cure. But that's not as easy as it sounds, especially with a power-hungry air city looking to raid any nearby settlements. To make matters worse, his airship, the only home he's ever known, is stolen. Ben must try to survive on the ground while trying to get his ship back.
This brings him to Gastown, a city in the air recently conquered by belligerent and expansionist pirates. When events turn deadly, Ben must decide what really matters--whether to risk it all on a desperate chance for a better future or to truly remain on his own.