I remember most vividly the novels cover being very "communist" (or totalitarian) in design. Faux Pseudo Cyrillic, red and black color scheme. The book itself to the best of my memory was about a series of (post apoc?) city states in a vague slavic iceland connected by a railroad. The book also had a map in the same black red color scheme inside. I remember seeing it on the shelves at Barnes and Noble. Edit: I have a lead, the Wolfhound Century Series, if it isn't that its definitely in its vein.
The most defining feature to restate was the black, red and maybe white map inside the book showing the various city states and there connecting railways