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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Adventure story set in an inspired fantasy world, where moving cities travel the globe.
Paperback, 293 pages
Published (first published 2001)
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Mortal Engines as a series is a master-class in inventive YA science fiction. There are very few series where I can state that the last novel is my favourite in full honesty. Often I will read a series and the last novel will bring it all to a painful or awkward close. Which is what I am hoping will not happen with The Wheel of Time and the last Obernewtyn book. I do know for a fact that this is not what happened here.

The world of Mortal Engines is dominated by Municipal Darwinism. This is the i
Most awesome book 4.5 stars!

"It’s a town-eat-town world.” –Municipal Darwinism

Municipal Darwinism is a concept that hooked me right from the first page. Imagine a society where hungry cities roam, searching for prey. Imagine these huge cities, shaped like giant steel tiered wedding cakes rumbling around the countryside gobbling up smaller towns and settlements. Imagine the noise, the dust, and the deep tracks in the mud. This is the intriguing world of the Mortal Engines.

This is a world set fa
Aaron Vincent
Originally Posted on Guy Gone Geek

With the dystopian boom the market is now seeing, it’s kind of hard to find a true dystopian novel. Strange, isn’t it? There are lots of ‘dystopian’ novels being published these days but only few of it really fits the genre. Yeah, some books tries but that’s what makes the difference: it tries, it doesn’t just be. Gone was the bleak tone of the narrative. Gone was the relentless nature of the society. Gone was the subtle questions the readers have to ask themsel
Jul 02, 2007 Emily rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who like strong female characters, children's fantasy, and books set in London
Shelves: scififantasy
I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. It's has a great concept: mobile cities roam Europe "eating" each other. It has a nice, if off-beat, feel for London. On the plus side, the novel actively attacks heroic ideals, leaving a darker, more morally ambiguous world view than I'd expected. I especially liked how Reeve initially juxtaposes the beautiful, "High London" girl Kate, who is oblivious to the oppression that keeps her world afloat, with a physically and mentally scarred Hester, who is b ...more
What an amazing hook. The opening is funny and intriguing, and the premise of the mechanical moving cities wholly original. In places it seemed to skim over some of the concrete detail and fictional history and made me feel that there were some unworked out elements of the intriguing world, but perhaps this resolves as the series goes on. After Tom and Hester fall off the edge of London, the story sags bit with the long chase scenes but, on the plus side, when it does finally gets to the action ...more
Matti Karjalainen
Philip Reeven "Kävelevät koneet" (Karisto, 2004) maalaa lukijansa silmien eteen huikean maailman, jossa yhden tunnin sota on tuhonnut sivilisaation sellaisena kuin me sen tunnemme ja ihmiskunta elää höyryvoiman liikuttamissa kaupungeissa.

Nuori museoharjoittelija Tom Natsworthy joutuu todistamaan murhayritystä, jonka kohteeksi joutuu hänen idolinsa, historioitsija ja tutkimusmatkailija herra Valentine. Attentaatin seurauksena Tom tempautuu mukaan seikkailuun, jossa omaa rooliaan näyttelevät muun
Mortal Engines is a wonderfully odd, action packed, steampunk YA book that I never would have picked up if it weren’t for a recommendation from Ashley. It was a strange one for me to read and an even stranger one to review. This story is set in a post-apocalyptic world where the societal norm is for towns and cities to be vertical and mobile. They acquire resources, art and workers by overpowering, or “eating” as they put it, smaller towns. Then there are the “anti-tractionists” who live in stat ...more
I’ve seen this book with a YA label on the cover and I thought it was silly for a book to be labeled a genre on it. Since I heard about the book before, I went home along with this. Yeepah!

Tom Natsworthy is a third-class Historian apprentice of New London, since his parents died and left him with small amount of money that could only support a third class of apprenticeship. Being a Londoner is a pride but being a third-class apprentice is mock. When he meets for the second time his hero, Timothy
Wei Cho
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I don’t have enough words to describe how much I enjoyed this book. The genre, post-apocalyptic steampunk science fiction, has made it into one of my top favourite genres; it totally submerged me intoa new world. Reeve introduces us into a new, strange, colourful, yet gritty world, ruled by “MunicipalDarwinism” (town-eat-town world). His world-building was exceptional, creating an adventurous environment where cities move and “eat” each othe
This series had been on my to read list for a while and so I managed to grab my chance while at BristolCon last year to grab a copy and get it signed with an awesome little airship doodle in the front!

I confess that I am not a fan of this particular cover, but that is just looks and I do have A Darkling Plain in the beautifully illustrated one - I find this one looks a bit more like a game box! But I suppose it is trying to appeal more to boys?

I loved this - I think I would have loved it even mo
Excellent steampunk novel aimed at a YA/teenage audience.

This took me longer to read than it should but I blame the fact I went out three nights in a row so I couldn't really sit down and read it. Not drunk anyway.

The premise of this novel is very original: a thousand years into the future, after the Sixty Minute War, human beings have evolved the face of the planet so towns and cities are no longer grounded, becoming Traction Towns, and hunt one another to eat to keep their own town/city afloat
Jan 06, 2015 Fiona rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: absolutely everyone
Shelves: favourites
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From the very first page, when we are told that the city of London has gone hunting, I was completely hooked on the world Reeve created. Mortal Engines is set in a steampunk, post-nuclear world. Cities are on wheels, most of them, and consume each other in a system called Municipal Darwinism. Survival of the fittest city. The problem with that should be immediately obvious: sooner or later there will be no other cities to consume. And that's the central conflict here, how and whether London will ...more
Ali Çetinbudaklar
Dünya kurgusu çok güzel, çok yaratıcı geldi. Hakikaten o dünyayı keşfetme hissi uyandırıyor. Özellikle şehirleri aklımda üç boyutlu olarak kurmadan edemedim. Ama aynı şeyleri karakterler için söyleyemeyiz. Fazla olağanlar ve klişelerle dolular. Hikaye de distopya temelli; fazlaca okuyan biri olaraktan bu türü, çok da yenilik getirmediğini söyleyebilirim.
Kitaba başlamadan önce pek beklentim yoktu ancak Yürüyen Kentler bana ağzımın payını verdi.
Bu kitap hafife alınmamalı.
Her bir karaktere, olay örgüsüne, mekanlara, dünyasına, yazarın o güzel aklına ayrı ayrı aşık oldum.
Distopya dediğin budur işte.
Reshma Popat
Mortal Engines,

The futuristic ideas throughout this book are phenomenal. Phillip Reeve throws in the idea of Municipal Darwinism, which is the concept of "survival of the fittest," in which towns eat other towns.

As a giant city and a powerful one at that, London; a stronghold; plans on depleting towns that are East. As a plan to do this they have a weapon known as Medusa, which London plans on using to destroy the long standing cities of the East.
Stolen from Hester's parents; Medusa is a weapon
It was a dark, blustery afternoon in spring, and the city of London was chasing a small mining town across the dried-out bed of the old North Sea. In happier times, London would never have bothered with such feeble prey. The great Traction City had once spent its days hunting far bigger towns than this, ranging north as far as the edge of the Ice Wastes and south to the shores of the Mediterranean. But lately prey of any kind had started to grow scarce, and some of the larger cities had begun to ...more
♥ Ashleigh ♥  contrary to popular belief im not actually mad!
I LOVED LOVED LOVED this book! everything about it was just brilliant! from the world to the city's eating each other - yes I did mean to say that!! - to the outrageous, fabulous, lovable, fantastic characters.

what a brilliant idea for city to eat each other!!
"its a town eat town world out there"

I have never come across an idea like this before and I just loved the concept. it was awesome how everyday things to us blew their minds, and in return the mortal engines tech blew my mind! from the mov
Yorumun aslı ve devamı Yorum Cadısı'nda.

Yürüyen Kentler, daha önce okumadığıma pişman olduğum kitaplar kategorisinin ilk sıralarında yer alıyor. Yaratıcı kurgusu, sürprizlerle dolu olay örgüsü ve kaliteli basımıyla favorilerim arasında. Türü ne olursa olsun, kurmaca kitapları seviyorsanız Yürüyen Kentler'e bir şans verin derim ;)
The traction city London has been trying to avoid being eaten by bigger and hungrier cities that are in the hunting grounds. But the Mayor has some plans for London that will help it survive for a very long time.

Thaddeus Valentine is the Head Historian and he has a daughter named Katherine. One day they are in The Gut when a young assassin strikes and means to kill Thaddeus. A third-class apprentice named Tom jumps in and stops the assassin from killing Thaddeus. Before jumping, Tom sees her fac
This is one of those books that I had looked at multiple times but never got round to reading, I think I took it out of the library at least 3 times but always had to return it before I had time to read it. But last week I knew I was going to meet the author at the 'Worlds of Tomorrow' event in London so I knew it was time to finally read it.
I looked for it on the Monday and it was out, I was so annoyed, thinking that now I had made time to read it, I wouldn't be able to, but that afternoon som
An Odd1
"Mortal Engines" (Hungry City 1), first published book from Philip Reeve, are big hungry Traction cities on wheels, like London rolling eastward, to capture and plunder in Municipal Darwinism. Painful surprises in a dangerous future. Everyone has hidden depths and sides to their human souls. Even the Resurrected Grike, who rescues then hunts to kill (view spoiler).

Complicated motivations, twists. The author shows the reader what the protagonists do not see. A slowly (u
Noah Diewald
This is considered juvenile fiction but the story is more complex and less wishy-washy than a lot of what I've read that is aimed at adults. I think the only reason it would be considered juvenile is that it is written in clear prose and has sometimes naive teenagers who learn not to trust authority as the main characters. The author is incredibly imaginative and will break your expectations for how the story is supposed to progress at times. As is common for literature aimed at this particular ...more
I must confess that I picked this up from a pile of books left lying around at work. I thought the cover looked cool and it had some good recommendations on the cover, I put it down and forgot about it, how I wish I hadn't.

Phillip Reeve writes a cracking tale of shattered dreams, lost innocence and the power of friendship all set in a disjointed future of scarce resources and scavenging cities. I was gripped from the opening sentence and read it in a day, 'It was a dark, blustery afternoon in sp
Beaulah Pragg
When I started reading this book I realized that I had actually read it before. At the time I had thought it a bit weird and strongly disliked the ending. This time round I enjoyed it a lot more, perhap because I knew it was going somewhere (there were more books with the main characters to come).

The world Reeve has created is amazingly detailed and consistent. I love the way his characters are completely at ease within their moving cities and actually fear dry land (as is the case for Tom).

Paul Collins
Most of the cities in England are hungrily trundling across the landscape, eating up smaller cities and towns for old tech and spare parts. The citizens of these fallen cities are either killed or enslaved.

Lowly third class apprentice Tom Natsworthy is unceremoniously thrown off London town – down a waste chute, no less – after having the misfortune to meet would-be assassin Hester Shaw. Together they must find their way back to London, each of course for different reasons. Much like Arthur Den
Rebecca Tayles
This was a really interesting book. When I first picked it up in the charity shop I hadn't realised it was a young readers novel, and to be honest, it's rather dark enough for an adult to read anyway.

Years into the future and long after the Sixty Minute War where humanity destroyed much of the Earth as we know it, towns and cities have had to go mobile to survive. Called Traction Cities, they rove around the Hunting Grounds, 'eating' smaller towns - cannibalising them for their parts and taking
My husband recommended this book when we were dating, and I read it to understand him a little more. I wasn't really expecting much, but I LOVED it! So much that we had a passage read at our wedding, which I wouldn't recommend though because if you haven't read the book, it's slightly confusing!!

I loved how our lives are completely misinterpreted by the characters in the book, and how things that are common place to us seem to be stuff of the Gods (like aluminium foil!). The world that Reeve cre
colleen the contrarian  ± (... never stop fighting) ±

I put off rating this for a bit, mulling it over but, in the end, I just didn't like it. I wish I could rave about it like most of the other reviews but, alas, it's just not to be.

It's not without any charm - which is what the little extra half star is for. I liked Anna Fang, for instance, and Pomeroy definitely grew on me, though it would've been nice if maybe (view spoiler) - but, in a way, that's part of the prob
Tarjolla vauhtia ja vaaratilanteita!

Hämmästyttävän hyvä, hyllyihin unohtunut nuorten steampunk-, dystopia ja scifiseikkailu. Kyselin vähän kollegoilta ja meidän kaikkien mielestä kirjan kansi on liian vanhanaikainen kiinnostaakseen nuoria, siksi se ei varmaan ole niin kovin suosittu. Mutta älkää antako kannen hämätä! Tämä kirja on täyttä seikkailua, kamppailua, taistelua ja muuta, mikä varmasti kiinnostaa erityisesti poikalukijoita ja menevämpää tyyliä harrastavia tyttöjä.

Kirja on sijoitettu tul
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Philip Reeve was born and raised in Brighton, where he worked in a bookshop for a number of years while also co-writing, producing and directing a number of no-budget theatre projects.

Philip then began illustrating and has since provided cartoons for around forty children's books, including the best-selling Horrible Histories, Murderous Maths and Dead Famous series.

Philip has been writing stories
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“You aren't a hero and I'm not beautiful and we probably won't live happily ever after " she said. "But we're alive and together and we're going to be all right.” 58 likes
“Is it...dead?" asked Tom, his voice all quivery with fright.
"A town just ran over him," said Hester. "I shouldn't think he's very well...”
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