The world ends tomorrow. Frank and Eris shift from a steampunk past to a flesh-formed future. A time-travel thriller for age 9-12.
Frank (12) hates being called a freak. His perfect twin sister, Eris, only makes him feel worse. By night, Frank dreams of a Clockwork Empire, a future city made of flesh and the collapse of civilization. By day, he spends his time in the Learning Support Unit, trying to stop Mental Mike jabbing him with the special scissors.
When Frank starts seeing things that shouldn’t exist, he starts to wonder what his inventor father is working on in the cellar. Frank's father is covered in invisible tattoos that tell a terrifying story. But neither of them can see the tattoos or realise he can’t possibly be their father until they go into the cellar.
Here, they discover a piece of technology that shifts them into an alternative Victorian past then into the desolate future where the last remnant of civilization survives in a flesh-formed invisible City. The Citizens have noble intentions to prevent the collapse of civilization – and no idea what their leader, Karlspark, is really planning.
Frank and Eris have to find a way to stop Karlspark, but it won’t be easy. Frank isn’t ‘real’ and Eris is a robot: worse, there’s something evil hiding inside her...