Sunday, December 22, 2013

Mortal Engines

Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

This book came out a bit ago, but I remember reading it when it first came out, and then loosing touch with the series.

Cindy from Bookends got me in touch with the series and I'm happily embarking on the adventure through this town eat town world.

...SAY WHAT???? Don't worry, I'll get to it. After an amazon summary, "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 ..." AMAZON LINK OF JUSTICE

Rereading this as an adult, it was still just as good as I remember when I first read it when I was much younger. That's awesome (by the by).

This is one of those stories that becomes very interwoven as almost every character is used or comes back into play later in the story. There is usually some hidden connection that is revealed later as to how the characters connect on a deeper level, and it plays up hidden relationships.

With most books that I'm absolutely in love with, I have a difficult time talking about as I definitely do not want to delve into spoiler land.

What the very basic plot of this book can be boiled down to is that after Tom meets Hester, they abruptly leave the crawling town of London and spend much of the book trying to get back to London. The rest of the plot winds up being about Hester's back story, who wants them to get to London and who wants to prevent them from getting to London (and why), while also being set in this future distopia that was brought on by a 60 minute war by the ancients some thousand years ago.

It's very intense. I'm having lovely time reading through the series (more like plowing through and having nights where I stay up yawning just to get in another page or two).

It is an old book, but it definitely has not deteriorated with age.

Happy reading!

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