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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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Thousands of years after the "Sixty Minute War" which more or less destroyed civilization, people have survived by living in traction cities. Since then some tractions cities have grown huge and they chase and "eat" smaller cities. The Anti-Traction League oppose this Urban Darwinism and contend that there is no need anymore for the traction cities, people can live on the earth's surface again. Suspension of disbelief is essential to get anywhere with this YA offering, but I found the characters compelling, the setting amusing, and the story fun and read right through it. As it's a quartet I've ordered the next three through interlibrary loan since our little library doesn't have it. **** ( )
1 vote sibyx | Apr 30, 2016 |
All I can say is that five years after reading it, the images from this book haven't left my head. I need to read it again to give a better review of the actual story, writing, etc. But the world building was certainly vivid! ( )
  A.E.Wasp | Apr 20, 2016 |
Dickensian fantasy following three children as they navigate through a world ruled by municiple darwinism. Third Class Historian Apprentice Tom and ugly, bitter Hester explore the world of the Out-Country, while the beautiful and privileged Katherine searches for truth in the rumbling city of London. The world is populated with some fantastic (if slightly cliched) supporting characters, most notably the intimidating Miss Fang, a former slave who has constructed her own airship out of stolen parts. The book itself is fast-paced and full of adventure. The one caveat I have is that while the oook is written in simple, young-adult tone, the themes deal with colonialism, capitalism, and environmentalism, and there is a very high body count. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
This was this month's book club selection. I'd never have picked it up without that as an impetus. And I'm not sure I'll pick something similar up again either. This is set in a possible future, where cities have developed to a stage such that they are mobile, and predatory. ON the ravaged earth, there is an area that has stopped being mobile and settled down into static settlement, the so called anti tractionists. They are protected by a large wall, only London has a plan to break the wall down. The story follows three teenagers (I assume), Tom, Katherine & Hester, while the point that brings them together is Valentine, Katherine's father and head of the Historians. I'm not a teen, I'm not into fantasy (I assume it's fantasy, there's certainly very little of what appears to be science to support this hypothetical future) and I found it just a bit unconvincing. At time the writing was in the past tense, at other in the present, but there seemed little logic behind the use of tense. The characters were also not consistent. Tom & Katherine both sort of followed through, but Hester & Valentine had sudden about faces that left me thinking "where did that come from?!". I can't say I enjoyed it, but it wasn't awful, just not for me. ( )
  Helenliz | Mar 19, 2015 |
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 |
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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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