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Mortal Engines (Mortal Engines Quartet #1) by Philip Reeve
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Mortal Engines is a book set in the far future, where humanity has starved the Earth's resources to its bare minimum and now must strive off each other in ways of Traction Cities. This book certainly has a strange premises with how city's now much survive off each other (as in with slavery, salvaging the resources off recently ‘devoured’ cities, etc) and it works beautifully in the world that Phillip Reeves has created.

The story starts off quick with a scared girl attempting to assassinate a famous adventurer and well loved man. This leads itself to a beautifully planned plot full of love, betrayal, hate, and surprises as we follow the adventures of Tom and Hester, whom you'll fall in love with instantly. The twists in this book are perfectly executed and truly amazing, with the ending one of the best I've ever read. Though this is supposedly a book aimed at pre-teens the story is just so deep and sometimes so dark with the world so richly inhabited, I'd recommend this to anyone that loves rich diverse worlds, sci-fi, steampunk influences and just a beautifully woven tale.


Tom and Hester have been thrown together. Truly-thrown out of a city on wheels that's left them stranded and starving in the middle of nowhere while it hares off after its prey. Hester is desperate for revenge, and Tom is only desperate to get back on board his beloved London. This is a stunning literary debut from Philip Reeve. A novel that defies easy categorisation, it is a gripping adventure story set in an inspired fantasy world, where moving cities trawl the globe. Peopled with convincing and utterly likeable characters, this story is a magical and unique read.


Winner of Smarties Book Prize Gold Award 2002.
Winner of Smarties Book Prize 9-11 Category 2002.
Shortlisted for Whitbread Book of the Year Award Children's Book Category 2002.
Shortlisted for Branford Boase Award 2002.
Release date NZ
September 20th, 2002
Illustrated by David Frankland
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
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From 12 To 16
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