I read a book a few years back and am trying to find it again. This is a book that is sci-fi/fantasy with some hints of steampunk elements. The society is a dystopian/utopia book and centers around a young boy in a small town. The town is linked to larger cities by train. The first half of the book is about the boy in the town and how the town is basically governed by the large city. The boy then takes the train into the city because he needs change and wants to learn about things and why things work - which is something most of the town doesn't care about.
Now the odd part is that this sci-fi/fantasy novel is based off a series of albums done by a rock band (60's, 70's, 80's). The song writer/lyricists got together with an author and they co-authored the book together.
Novel is in English, the protagonist is a young boy. The book came out in the last few years (2010-2018).