A Darkling Plain (The Hungry City Chronicles #4)
The once-great traction city of London is now just a radioactive wreck, a ruin haunted by electrical discharges and the dashed hopes of the people who once called it home—people like Tom Natsworthy. Twenty years after he fled, intending never to return, he discovers that something stirs in the remains of the old city.
Tom and his daughter, Wren, aren't the only people i...more
Dear Philip Reeve: I really enjoy the books in your Hungry City Chronicles. They are fine stories with creative and compelling plots, often amusing dialog and interesting characters. You are, however, starting to piss me off. I'm on page 61 of the fourth book and I come to the following passage:
"Lady Naga made a horrible gurgling noise, like the last of the bathwater heading down the plugh...more
I can't believe this story is coming to an end. I will miss it SO much!
The final installment for The Hungry City Chronicles is finally here, and is a triumph. Who wouldn’t consider it a triumph after diligently reading through the previous books, enduring every twist and battle, to not have an appropriate ending for the characters and the story in general? It was a bit hard to get used to the idea that Tom and Hester weren’t together (or that their love had faded in the story), inste...more
My experience of the Mortal Engines series has been one of 'this should be good, but I have trouble picking it up again', yet when I got to the last quarter of the final book, I was hooked through the the thrilling an...more
This time around, the whole world seems harsher, grittier, and darker. The action picks up six months after the events of "Infernal Devices", with Tom and Wren on the bird roads, T...more
This series features amazingly creative and interesting plotting and amazing characters, which is all credit to the author, but teh author also cannot quite write an the same skill level that he can plot. I know that's vague, but there's just a little something missing from the narration and characterization in the series, even though I really enjoyed it...more
I enjoyed this MUCH more than Infernal Devices. Wren became much more of a character rather than just "the Natsworthy child...more
This series is not only interesting but will provoke some interesting thoughts to the reader. Reeves series is a heavy commentary on not only past, present and possibly future politics, but also wor...more
No, I'm not going to put in a major spoiler and ruin it for everyone even though it's tempting.
But to be brief as I always am when writing reviews. After all what is a review for but to inform the reader that they want to read the book and to give a little detail about the book.
But basically all any science fiction aficionado needs to know is that there are reanimated men as stalkers, there are orbiting death weapons...more
There were so many story lines to keep track of in A DARKLING PLAIN. I...more
THis book connects to a book called a...more
The head hopping was the only thing I found quirky throughout the whole series because you never get to wonder what the next person is thinking or planning. Its all laid out for you. The action, characters, and plot...more
The style, quality and feel of the novel is much the same the previous books in the series, so, if you are read...more
Right then: This is effing brilliant. Aside from the often hilarious snarks at post-modern culture, reading this story is an incredibly immediate and intimate experience. Not always the best option for for last thing at night.
And he achieves the same level of depth and feeling whet...more
It’s been six months since the events on Brighton and Cloud 9. Wren and Tom are traveling the Bird Roads, making a living by buying and selling goods. All is quiet- a truce has been formed between the Green Storm and the Traction Cities. It’s a fragile truce, but a truce none the less. Although it doesn’t look to be holding for much longer, partcicularly with the goings on in destroyed Lindon and a new Old-Tech weapon even more powerful th...more
For one last time we are plunged into Philip Reeves epic creation, for what could be the very last time.
Six months have past since the battle of Brighton, and much has changed: the Tractionits and the Green Storm have settled a peace treaty by the Green Storm's new leader General Naga; Theo has gone back to see his family in...more
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...more