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Haywired ISBN: 9781906132330
Price: £7.99
172 pages
Suggested age range: 11+


In the quiet village of Little Wainesford, Ludwig Von Guggenstein is about to have his unusual existence turned inside out. When he and his father are blamed for a fatal accident during the harvest, a monstrous family secret is revealed. Soon Ludwig will begin to uncover diabolical plans that span countries and generations while ghoulish machines hunt him down. He must fight for survival, in a world gone haywire.

Rewired is the second book in this series.

'Intelligently written, with plenty of wry humour that adds to it's adult readability.HayWired is a fun fantasy adventure full of family secrets, a circus, pirates, steampunk machinery, dark twists and some excellent grimness. I look forward to the next one.' - Un:Bound

'The reader is gripped throughout...intrigue and suspicion pour from the pages thanks to rich characterisation. There is also a dark hopelessness as the story weaves on, a sense of imminent foreboding caused by an all too familiar hand. Even though the subject matter maybe somewhat fantastical, there is a solid reality to this world, a physical quality that makes it unnerving. I am excited to find out what happens to his characters next, and just what mesmerising spin Alex Keller will take us on in future incarnations.
The Solitary Bee

'Haywired is very different to the steampunk books I have read so far. The publishers are calling it a steampunk fairytale, and I cannot come up with a better phrase to describe it, as that is exactly how it reads. The fairytale feel to the story is there from the very first page and at times it is as if the Brothers Grimm were alive and well and writing for a steampunk loving audience. Like many fairytales it is also relatively short, weighing in at a slim 170 pages, but even so it still manages to pack quite a punch. Of course, most adults know that the Grimm fairy tales were exactly that - grim... Haywired is like this as well - the story is deliciously dark in places.' - Book Zone 4 Boys

"Fans of Philip Reeve's Mortal Engine sequence will love this debut novel, Haywired - published by a smallish publisher this compelling tale of unearthed family secrets as well as some diabolical plans to turn the world inside out, it's up to 11 year old Ludwig to rescue the world before any of the ghoulish machines hunt him down. With a plot that's full of twists and turns on every page, it's not to be missed." Debut Book of the Month

'This book is described by the publisher as 'a steampunk fairytale', and I can see that it will have appeal to both children and adults. It is a fast-paced story that has you wanting to read just one more chapter to find out what is going to happen next. Parents in Touch

'Mortal Engines' author Philip Reeve interviews Alex Keller