I just finished reading The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson.
Piper lives in one of many scrapping towns that skirt the edge of a meteor field. Once a month or so the barrier between worlds thins a bit and the meteors hit. These meteors aren’t your standard meteors, made up of space rocks and metals, these contain items from other worlds. The people in the towns go out to salvage what they can from the fields after each fall.
Piper’s mother died when she was younger, and her father died more recently leaving Piper to fend for herself. She has a knack for mechanical things and is able to fix things.
Piper goes out to save a friend and finds another as well. Anna has the Dragonfly mark tattooed on her arm, she is a relative to, or protected by, the King of the Dragonfly Territories. When a strange man that Piper doesn’t trust comes after Anna, Piper decides to take Anna to the Territories to get her back where she belongs.
The only way out of town is on the 401, a steam train taking cargo from the Merrow Kingdom to the Dragonfly Territories.
Much of the story takes place on the journey. Piper learns things about Anna and herself and the crew of the 401.
I very much liked the story and the characters, and I’d like to read more about them.