Mortal Engines

Mortal Engines

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The great traction city London has been skulking in the hills to avoid the bigger, faster, hungrier cities loose in the Great Hunting Ground. But now, the sinister plans of Lord Mayor Mangus Crome can finally unfold. Thaddeus Valentine, London's Head Historian and adored famous archaeologist, and his lovely daughter, Katherine, are down in The Gut when the young assassin with the black scarf strikes toward his heart, saved by the quick intervention of Tom, a lowly third-class apprentice. Racing after the fleeing girl, Tom suddenly glimpses her hideous face: scarred from forehead to jaw, nose a smashed stump, a single eye glaring back at him. "Look at what your Valentine did to me!" she screams. "Ask him! Ask him what he did to Hester Shaw!" And with that she jumps down the waste chute to her death. Minutes later Tom finds himself tumbling down the same chute and stranded in the Out-Country, a sea of mud scored by the huge caterpillar tracks of cities like the one now steaming off over the horizon.
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mollyknows
Apr 07, 2018

Great premise and standard YA fiction plot- but the part that drives me crazy is the complete disregard for maintaining a single tense. Most of the book is written in past tense while every once in awhile a whole section will switch to present tense. Very distracting and unprofessional.

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darladoodles
Feb 01, 2018

Captivating worldbuilding with steampunk style. The story is epic in proportion with characters you love and hate as well as those you don't know what to think of. London is a predator city and Tom finds himself questioning his loyalty to his home once he is thrown off and left to die on the hunting grounds. The tale is told in alternating perspectives. One is Tom's as he tries to make his way back to London with the mysteriously scarred Hester Shaw. The other is from Katherine Valentine's perspective as she seeks the truth about her father, the great explorer, and his past connection to Hester with some help from an engineer apprentice. This book has something for everyone -- air battles, Terminator-type killer robots, mysterious female aviators, a journey with setbacks around every corner, self-sacrifice, and ancient technology resurrected to do great harm in the present. Recommended!

fineplan Dec 02, 2016

Very unique concept and there were some very pleasing surprises with the relationships and interactions between the characters. I haven't decided, yet, how I feel about the end. I WILL be reading the next book, though!

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TheRoamer
Jul 06, 2015

This book was one of my favorites, and inspired me to make a game called Gears using java. I've read the whole series now, and I can tell that this book is a five star. Full with steampunk and science fiction, this book is set about 10000 years from today in a postapolyptic world. This would delight all readers who like reading science fiction.

qwertyuiop12 Mar 04, 2014

This book is a perfect anti-cliche, with an inner meaning, that nothing ever works out perfectly, there are no heros or storybook endings.

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TeenTest1
Oct 29, 2013

Thought this one was very interesting. The world in this book was fascinating, and I can't wait to read the next one.

Blue_Cat_1480 Aug 07, 2013

I really liked this book! I felt what the characters were feeling, which was pretty cool. I definitely want to read the rest of the series!

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StellaCometa
Oct 18, 2012

I read little YA, but really enjoyed this and devoured the rest of the series.

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wrtiterbryce
May 29, 2012

Excellent, I am going to read the rest of the series.

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fcbarca4321
Mar 21, 2012

Great science fiction book mixed with a bit of history.

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Feb 03, 2013

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kittster
Feb 29, 2012

A great, steampunk-based book, set in a torn up and desolate world where cities move along the ground like oversized turtles. First scene is London chasing down and EATING a smaller salt mining town. Huzzah!

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