Mortal Engines launched Philip Reeve's brilliantly imagined creation, the world of the Traction Era, where mobile cities fight for survival in a post-apocalyptic. Editorial Reviews. From Booklist. Gr. As the story opens, the great Traction City of London Kindle Store · Kindle eBooks · Literature & Fiction. Editorial Reviews. From Booklist. Gr. As the story opens, the great Traction City of London Predator's Gold (Mortal Engines, Book 2)Kindle Edition.
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Read "Predator Cities #1: Mortal Engines" by Philip Reeve available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first download. Welcome to the. Mortal Engines Quartet has 7 entries in the series. OverDrive Read 7 · Adobe EPUB eBook 7 · Kindle Book 1 · cover image of The Mortal Engines Quartet. London is huntingThe 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.
The pace of the violence-filled story is frenetic, the sense of helplessness is palpable, and not all the young people survive.
A page-turner, this adventure in a city-eat-city world will have readers eagerly suspending disbelief to follow the twists and turns of the imaginative plot. All rights reserved. See all Editorial Reviews.
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I read and enjoy steampunk, but sometimes I'm not in the mood, and expect a young reader might not be in the mood , for lovingly detailed descriptions and world building. You can get page after page of description of some clockwork contraption, or a whole chapter devoted to a tour of a steam powered engine room. That's not what you get here. Reeve is great at broad stroke world building. He creates the London traction city in a chapter or two.
He shows us all of the levels, how it works, how people fit into it, and the larger world within which it operates, and he frames all of the major characters within the first 50 pages. After that we are off to the races on a high energy, twisty and marvelously colorful adventure. And this is a marvelous adventure. Our hero is a bit timid but finds the swashbuckler within. Our heroine is tough, smart, resourceful, and on a mission. This is a fine team. Around and through them we meet a memorable cast of colorful and compelling allies and villains.
This is ripping stuff. Lots of running, hiding, lurking, escaping, fighting, and derring do. I was a bit surprised by the level of violence, and not cartoon violence, in the story, but that's treated as a serious consequence of dangerous times and this is still, after all, a dystopian world tale. So, I enjoyed this immensely and appreciated the high level of imagination and creative energy that went into building and then convincingly portraying this fascinating world.
Kindle Edition Verified download. I found out about this book after seeing a preview for the movie and doing a bit of research. Sadly, I can't say that I found the story to be nearly as compelling as the idea of it.
I can't really put a finger on why I'm not enthralled. The idea is there, the action is there, but I guess the characters fall a bit flat for me. I am finding the book interesting, but not strongly and I've already started to lose interest in any of the sequels. It's just missing the magic piece I guess. The Story- Tom is a junior historian in the city of London. It is a thousand years since humanity almost destroyed itself in a sixty minute war, and now all cities are built on huge traction machines that roll over the earth and snatch up smaller traction cities.
Tom is sent down to the guts to look for artifacts after London eats a mining town. While there he is surprised to see his idol, Valentine, head historian and archaeologist of London. Things turn bad when one of the mining town survivors charges Valentine and tries to kill him. Tom runs after the villain, amazed to see that it is a young woman with a scar down the side of her face and a missing eye.
Through different means, they both end up expelled from the city and for the first time Tom finds himself on real ground.
Together Tom and Hester try to find their way back to London, Hester to finish her murder and Tom just to get home. However, along the journey Tom learns the truth about his idol Valentine and the ugliness of living in a city eat city world.
My Thoughts- This book scores points for originality. The idea of an entire city, as big as London, rolling around on traction wheels and getting their supplies by eating up lesser cities and stripping them bare, blows my mind.
I honestly would not have been able to picture it if it hadn't been for the movie trailer. Let's talk about our main characters, there is actually a quad, Tom and Hester and then Katherine Valentine's daughter and Bevis a junior engineer.
Tom and Hester are working their way back to London, discovering flying airships and other mini cities along the way. They also learn of the resistance movement against traction cities.
Katherine and Bevis both live in London. Katherine is disillusioned by facts she finds out about her father and Bevis knows the secrets of the engineers and the robots and deadly weapon that are being built. Together they try from within London to stop the insane mayor from destroying the world.
The plot is full of twists and turns and as a reader I was eager to find out what the world was like that Hester and Tom lived in. It was also interesting to see technology from our current day have such an impact in the future.
There is great tension and build up and the ending scenes are full of action.
I enjoyed my ride through this novel. However, I felt as if something were missing. Tom and Hester are great characters, but there is nothing very special about them. I wanted there to be something that only Hester or Tom could accomplish that would save the city or world.
Some type of hidden hero archetype or unknown skill that surfaces. I needed to feel that this same adventure could not have happened to any other two kids. So, overall I recommend this book for its originality and action and I'm giving it 4 stars! Great idea, not so great execution. Maybe I've come to expect too much from the likes of Orson Scott Card. I love the idea, and really look forward to seeing the movie, but this book's treatment of the story felt insipid, lukewarm, unconvincing.
I had a really hard time caring about any of the characters. Too many of them - even the apparent main characters - were just tropes and not really developed beyond those tropes. The author has a habit of making a character appear to be somewhat important, and then killing them off rather flippantly, and in a way that shows they were not really that important.
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. 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.
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. 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! 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 years from today in a postapolyptic world. This would delight all readers who like reading science fiction.
This book is a perfect anti-cliche, with an inner meaning, that nothing ever works out perfectly, there are no heros or storybook endings. ItsYourBoiMyles thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over. A great, steampunk-based book, set in a torn up and desolate world where cities move along the ground like oversized turtles.
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