Mortal Engines

Mortal Engines

Book - 2017
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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, NY : Scholastic Inc., [2017]
ISBN: 9781338201123
Branch Call Number: Ju F Ree


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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.

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.

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.

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.

Feb 04, 2019

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

Jan 28, 2019

Great steampunk book. Now i cant wait to see the movie and read the next book in the series!

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.

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Mar 25, 2019

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

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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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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