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Infernal Devices by Philip Reeve

Infernal Devices (2005)

by Philip Reeve

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Anchorage, the once-glorious ice city, has become a static and its inhabitants have settled into their peaceful lives on the shores of Vineland in the Dead Continent of America. Tom and Hester have raised a daughter, Wren, who at fifteen is desperate to escape the boredom and dull routine and dreams of having adventures of her own. But when she is kidnapped and eventually sold as a slave, Wren realises that having adventures is not all it’s cracked up to be.

Set sixteen years after the events in Predator’s Gold, the fantasy epic continues, this time with Tom and Hester’s daughter Wren the focus of the narrative. Slower in pace and not as tightly plotted as the previous two volumes, it feels at times like a filler book to prepare for the finale in A Darkling Plain, though the overarching narrative still manages to draw in the reader with its inventiveness, colourful and morally ambivalent characterisations and atmospheric set pieces, and explores the notion that in war there are no winners, only losers. ( )
  passion4reading | Apr 21, 2017 |
About 17 years later...
Tom and Hester have a daughter, but the safe and peaceful life she leads in Anchorage-in-Vineland is dull. She wishes for the kind of adventures her parents once had. When a party of Lost Boys arrives in search of the Tin Book, a mysterious artifact that Anchorage has kept since the time of the Sixty Minute War, she gets her chance...and soon regrets it.

Like the previous books in the series, the plot, characters, and pacing are all good. I still have issues with the prose and editing, but overall, quite an enjoyable light read. ( )
  DLMorrese | Oct 14, 2016 |
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  Lunapilot | Jul 19, 2016 |
Book 3 of this series (which appears to have multiple names on LT and everywhere else--Traction Cities, Hungry City Chronicles, etc.). It's been fifteen years since the end of the last one and Hester and Tom's child, Wren, is growing up and bored to death. Well, you guessed it, she finds adventure, a lot more adventure than she bargained for. Green Storm and the Anti-Traction movement and the Traction Cities are all fighting like mad and she gets caught up. Mom and Dad set out to rescue her, but things get twisty and a secret comes out. And that's all I can say without spoiling. This is a very good series - somewhere between YA and adult in my view, rich in complex characters especially, plenty of humor, violence but not egregious violence and a sturdy plot. **** ( )
  sibyx | May 22, 2016 |
The 3rd instalment of the YA steampunk series sees the timeline advanced some 16 years or so. Tom and Hester are settled in Anchorage and have a 15 year-old daughter, Wren, who is somewhat bored with life in the now stationary city in an out of the way part of the world. She wants adventures of her own just like her parents must have had before she was born. After another blazing row with her mother when an opportunity presents itself, in the return of the Lost Boys, Wren jumps at the chance to aid them in their quest as long as they agree to take her with them when they leave. The plan to steal the book they need goes off without a hitch but their escape doesn’t progress quite as smoothly. It ends with Wren a hostage aboard the Lost Boys limpet with Tom & Hester determined to go after and rescue her before she comes to any real harm.

The world has changed since they were last abroad though with a long-running war between the Green Storm and the Traction Cities showing no signs of reaching a conclusion any time soon. Some old familiar faces crop up along the way: Pennyroyal has landed on his feet again becoming mayor of the raft resort of Brighton, Stalker Fang still leads the Green Storm and is always on the lookout for new/old weapons to help in the war effort, Stalker Shrike has been somewhat repaired and currently acts as Fang’s bodyguard, Freya and Caul also accompany Tom and Hester in their pursuit of Wren. There are a few new characters to get to know as well.

I’ve enjoyed the previous two books as thrilling adventure romps set in a well built world with characters that grow as events transpiring around them alter their perspectives. It’s the latter of these that is something of a let-down in this book though as Hester has reverted to a blood-thirsty, shoot first and ask questions later kind of girl and Tom is a bit of a wimp who’s just along for the ride. The rest of the characters seem fairly stereotypical for this kind of book. The action and storyline are good enough to keep the reader going and as this is generally regarded as the weakest book in the quartet I will be continuing at some point with the next and final book of the series. ( )
  AHS-Wolfy | Jul 18, 2014 |
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For Sarah,
as always,

For my editors, Kirsten Stansfield
and Holly Skeet,
with thanks,

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Sam Reeve, Tom Skeet and
Edward Stansfield,
one day.
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What secret does the
Tin Book hold? Will it end the
war, once and for all?

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Anchorage has become a static settlement on the shores of the Dead Continent, and its inhabitants have been living peacefully for sixteen years. But now trouble is approaching - in a limpet sub, and fast. The Lost Boys are back, and they'll do anything to get what they want. Tom and Hester's daughter Wren is their eager dupe, bored and desperate for adventure. When the theft of the mysterious Tin Book of Anchorage goes wrong, Wren is snatched away in the limpet, who knows where. Tom and Hester set off to rescue her, but this is the end of their quiet life on Anchorage. The journey will stir up old needs, old secrets - and send them back into perilous waters...

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Wren finds herself captive, then enslaved and begins another perilous adventure

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