Mortal Engines

Mortal Engines

Book - 2001
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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: London : Scholastic, 2001.
Branch Call Number: YOUNG ADULT FICTION
Characteristics: 293 p. ;,22 cm.
Series Volume: 1.
Notes: Precedes: Predator's gold.

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Cities on wheels scouring the globe eating each other..?? A brilliant future-fantasy/steampunk adventure, and the first of four books. Hugely inventive and creative in it's world building, and non-stop action! A modern classic of the Steampunk Genre and now a cinematic adventure with Kiwi roots...

Cities on wheels scouring the globe eating each other..?? A brilliant future-fantasy/steampunk adventure, and the first of four books. Hugely inventive and creative in it's world building, and non-stop action! A modern classic of the Steampunk Genre and now a cinematic adventure with Kiwi roots...


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IVANYIFANLUO
Sep 04, 2020

Great book, this is mine second time rereading this series.

jcljessicaj May 04, 2020

Cities on wheels? Alright, I'm curious. I've never gotten into the steampunk genre, but I did enjoy this one. With larger cities eating smaller cities to survive and propaganda saying one way of life is better than another, it was really interesting seeing these characters grapple with right and wrong, good and bad - and what to do about it.

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tc123bd
Jan 18, 2020

predators gold

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Alpha_0001
Aug 06, 2019

This is a very good adventure book. Very interesting since the concept of cities on wheels is difficult to fathom. Tom Natsworthy's life is a very dull one until someone does the unthinkable, attempt to murder kind old Valentine. I really like how the Tractionists are truly immersed in their one-sided view of the destructive practice of Municipal Darwinism. It shows how people can sometimes think that the world revolves around them. Meanwhile, a completely different perspective is presented, that of an anti-Tractionist going by the name of Hester Shaw bent on assassinating London's greatest Historian. This story shows how two people of alternated worlds can coexist peacefully.

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green_panther_310
Jul 20, 2019

I liked the book. Didn't turn out like a fairytale and had interesting plot twists.

I'll admit I saw the movie before I read (or heard of) this book. I don't normally read young-adult fiction but this one became an exception. Absurd premise aside, it was an amusing adventure story well targeted to younger readers. I found the plotting a bit thin and the characters a bit two-dimensional but interesting enough to keep reading. If I were a young teen, this book would be a favourite and, thus, recommended for young fans of science-fiction, fantasy, and steampunk who are just getting into these genres.

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hadlock
Feb 27, 2019

I wanted to see the movie. After all, it was Peter Jackson.

What a concept: movable cities! I was hoping there would be an explanation of how traction London managed to get St. Paul’s on one of its tiers. But, sadly, no.

As usual, the book was better than the movie. And not so Hollywood. There’s good character development.

Thunderbird_House Feb 21, 2019

I loved the writing style! It was simple and unaffected, which is a refreshing change from most YA novels. I'm really excited for the movie to come out!
There were some character deaths that had me shook, but by the end of the book I was happy with the outcome. The characters have a refreshing simplicity and they aren't too angsty... But they are definitely not static. 👌Don't be put off by the sort of slow start, it gets better after Part 1.
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queensthief
Feb 12, 2019

Two paragraphs in and I knew the writer had to be British. The writing style had a real "The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists" vibe. Whimsical, gruesome, menacing. 90% high-quality writing, but typical steampunk tropes and YA characters, though the ending ultimately gave me quite a surprise.

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kmobuckeye
Feb 04, 2019

I'm not typically a steampunk fam, but this story was adventurous and the writing was great!

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Happy_Jewerler
Mar 25, 2019

"The one thing worse than an enemy is a friend turned false."

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Happy_Jewerler
Mar 25, 2019

"Sometimes, on our way through the world, we meet someone who touches our heart in a way others don't."

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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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