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Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

Mortal Engines (original 2001; edition 2002)

by Philip Reeve, David Frankland (Illustrator)

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Title:Mortal Engines
Authors:Philip Reeve
Other authors:David Frankland (Illustrator)
Info:Point (2002), Edition: New Ed, Paperback, 293 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Tags:read 2008, children's/young adult, fantasy, Branford Boase

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For a kids book, a tooooon of people die in this book. Legitimately, I had to double check to make sure I hadn't misunderstood the target audience of this book because, while the writing and tone are definitely YA appropriate (if not middle grade), the plot is brutal. Seriously, do not get attached to anyone ever. They will probably die in a borderline pointless way that makes you wonder "how this is possibly the first book in a series because where is this going from here?" That said, I'm curious enough to read the next one just to find out. ( )
  Jthierer | Aug 12, 2019 |
I did enjoy this book, albeit I regretted its softish YA nature, I envisioned the excellent concept as a hard-edged scifi story and think it would be tops. The idea of giant mobile predator cities grabbed me from the start, and certainly the action never let up, I just would have preferred something grittier. I hope the subsequent books have a bit more exposition about the world came to this state, a prequel novel certainly wouldn't go astray. Entertaining light reading. ( )
  drmaf | Aug 8, 2019 |
Seré honesta y admitiré que la razón principal por la que decidí leerme este libro es por todo el hype que hay en torno a la película. Y aunque fue una lectura rápida y entretenida, no puedo decir que haya sido una de las más memorables para mí.

El setting del mundo post-apocalíptico me pareció ya muy usado y a pesar de los tintes steampunk que contiene la descripción de los escenarios y el mundo que me encantaron, se me hizo muy superficial. La trama es buena, los personajes son interesantes; pero el paso tan rápido que lleva la narración no da oportunidad a que te enganches realmente con la historia o alguno de los personajes.

Le daré el crédito debido ya que es una serie enfocada a chicos de secundaria (12-15 años), y entiendo que, como tal, no podía ser tan intrínseca o larga, pero sí me dejó con la sensación de que le faltaron varias cosas para ser un libro realmente bueno.

No creo continuar la saga de momento, pero no me cierro a la idea de hacerlo en un futuro. ( )
  LenoreDiKaat | Mar 10, 2019 |
No longer than it needs to be. The environment is complex and the characters/motivations simple, with great results. ( )
1 vote sarcher | Feb 8, 2019 |
Everything was going on relatively predictable, and the only mysteries were when the characters would understand the things we realized long ago. In the end, if you peel away the adventures and fast pace, you are left under a fairly basic plot. Add something to this book that will make my curiosity scream, and it will be perfect. But even as it is, it's really awesome. ( )
  Bertchuba | Feb 4, 2019 |
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Haiku summary
It's Municipal
Darwinism, where cities on
tracks devour towns.
Powerful children's
fiction that ought to be a
must-read for grown-ups.

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060082097, Mass Market Paperback)

London is hunting

The great Traction City lumbers after a small town, eager to strip its prey of all assets and move on. Resources on the Great Hunting Ground that once was Europe are so limited that mobile cities must consume one another to survive, a practice known as Municipal Darwinism.

Tom, an apprentice in the Guild of Historians, saves his hero, Head Historian Thaddeus Valentine, from a murder attempt by the mysterious Hester Shaw -- only to find himself thrown from the city and stranded with Hester in the Out Country. As they struggle to follow the tracks of the city, the sinister plans of London's leaders begin to unfold ...

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Tom Natsworthy lives in London and has a boring job at the Museum. Unexpectedly, he gets a chance to fulfill his day-dream of being a hero, as he attempts to save a famous adventurer from a would-be assassin. But Tom is not at all prepared for what happens next; and neither he, nor his world, will ever be the same again. Suggested level: intermediate, secondary.

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