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Mortal Engines (Mortal Engines Quartet) (original 2001; edition 2009)

by Philip Reeve

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Title:Mortal Engines (Mortal Engines Quartet)
Authors:Philip Reeve
Info:Marion Lloyd Books (2009), Edition: 1, Paperback, 304 pages

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Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve (2001)

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When I first started this it didn't really do anything for me so I put it aside for a while. Then, giving Reeve another chance, I picked it back up and this time I got into Mortal Engines enough to finish it quickly. The traveling cities that cannibalized the smaller ones was an interesting idea and the story would hold the attention of most teens in the 12 to 15 age bracket but I may not follow up with the second book in the series for a while if at all.
  hailelib | Feb 16, 2015 |
Teenager's book. My daughter's favourite. Fun read but story a bit thin and two dimensional for adult tastes. ( )
  jvgravy | Dec 22, 2013 |
A good, if slightly macabre read. The only thing that annoyed me was the use of the present tense, thought it was more than a little unnecessary. ( )
  wildeaboutoscar | Sep 20, 2013 |
This was really a cracking good read, and one which I sped through accordingly. Reeves has created a fully formed and intriguing world of the future, and, as it is often best to do, he has left a lot of questions unanswered. He is merciless with his characters, to the extent that many who would have seemed to be central to the ongoing plot are killed off in this first book. I'm certainly keen to get onto the second book, regardless.

The character of Hester is especially compelling, and Tom, though a bit wet, seems to have scads of that "unrealised potential" knocking about. It will be interesting to see where they go in the following volumes.

If I have one complaint, it is the shift into present tense which Reeves occasionally indulges in - I found it distracting and unnecessary. Not enough so, however, that's would mark it down in ratings terms. Four and a half stars, recommended. ( )
  Bill_Bibliomane | Aug 1, 2013 |
I’m on a personal mission at the moment to read more steampunk fiction, and I had this title recommended to me. I tracked it down in my local library, got settled with a cuppa and began to read. Very quickly I found myself becoming drawn into the book, as the plot picked up pace I turned the pages faster, desperate to find out what was going to happen next.

The plot is a captivating tale. The world as we know it is gone, cities and towns have converted to being movable, fitted with tracks and mechanisms, bigger cities “eat” smaller towns and villages, stripping them of their parts and people and using them to keep the cities going. There are two sets of children; Hester and Tom in the Out-Country and Katherine and Bevis inside London. They both start to unravel the secrets that London is hiding, as they do the action picks up wonderfully.

The book is full of brilliant characters. The four children are excellently written as are the people they meet along the way on their respective adventures. I can’t begin to pick out a favourite character, when the options include rebels and pirates and museum custodians it’s an impossible task.

I really enjoyed the way the book was written. It definitely captured my attention and I can imagine it would work brilliantly as bedtime reading for a parent to share with their child. I can’t imagine many parents would be able to resist the temptation to cheat and carry on reading after their child’s asleep though! ( )
  juniperjungle | Apr 16, 2013 |
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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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In the distant future, when cities move about and consume smaller towns, a fifteen-year-old apprentice is pushed out of London by the man he most admires and must seek answers in the perilous Out-Country, aided by one girl and the memory of another.

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