Mortal Engines

Mortal Engines

A Novel

Book - 2004
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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.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Pub., 2004, c2001
Edition: 1st paperback ed. --
ISBN: 9780060082093
Branch Call Number: YA PB Ree
Characteristics: 373 p. --


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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!

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.

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!

Oct 18, 2012

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

May 29, 2012

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

Mar 21, 2012

Great science fiction book mixed with a bit of history.

Feb 29, 2012

Amazing book, great ideas, and i get a lot of inspiration for things like art

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Nov 05, 2018

danomcd thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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Feb 03, 2013

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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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