I enjoyed this. Well, not that it made me happy, but I’m happy that I read it. It’s heartbreakingly sad, but that’s a good thing. It can’t all be sunsI enjoyed this. Well, not that it made me happy, but I’m happy that I read it. It’s heartbreakingly sad, but that’s a good thing. It can’t all be sunshine and roses, can it? The author created characters that you care about and root for during all the trials they go through. The writing style is very different from what I’m used to reading. I tend to normally gravitate toward action and military sci-fi, but this is most definitely nothing like that. I’m not familiar with the lit terms, but I’ll try to do my best to describe it. It’s more lyrical. The descriptions produce vivid images in the mind’s eye, and evoke a sense of beauty, even when describing something unpleasant. It felt…dreamy. Ugh, I should have taken at least one lit class. The pace of the book was slower, but that’s understandable because the emphasis isn’t solely on action. I really enjoyed this, and I look forward to reading other books by this author....more
I loved the whole nature versus machines aspect of this story. The creatures and machines that Westerfeld created are amazing. This alternative historI loved the whole nature versus machines aspect of this story. The creatures and machines that Westerfeld created are amazing. This alternative history is based on WWI and the events leading up to it. I found that the 2 main characters nicely developed during the story, but I felt myself wanting to know more of their backstory. Great story though. I can't wait for the sequel!...more
Fantastic! I heard such great feedback from people who have given me the best recommendations, so I had to try this. When I asked what it was about, hFantastic! I heard such great feedback from people who have given me the best recommendations, so I had to try this. When I asked what it was about, however, they started sputtering about Municipal Darwinism and at that point I started tuning them out. I hope I can explain it better. This takes place far in the future, but there’s an Industrial Revolution/Victorian feel about the time period. The cities have become mobile. They roll around in search of smaller towns they can “eat” for parts, supplies, labor, and trade. There’s an evil plot put in motion by certain Londoners and it’s a race to see if anyone can stop them.
There’s definitely a Steampunk feel to this book, but it’s not for the sake of being Steampunk. Did that make sense? There are certain books that have been written to appeal specifically to the Steampunk crowd, and you can tell. This, however, feels like Steampunk but without being blatantly targeted for it. I appreciate that.
I liked that action and excitement throughout the book. While Tom and Hester are our main characters, there are quite a few subplots going on throughout the book and they definitely added to the emotional impact of the story. The world building is also really well thought out and intriguing. The descriptions of the Traction Cities and the Stationary Cities were great, and there were some really neat descriptions of the mechanics of the Traction cities. I also enjoyed the various throwbacks to the ancient past, which is actually now. While there was much to enjoy about this book, there were also many sad and depressing parts. I only mention this because sometimes this is promoted as a kid’s book, but really I think this is more of a YA (mid to upper teen) novel. Not necessarily for the subject matter itself, but for the way it’s discussed between the characters in the book.
This has become one of my favorite series, and not just for a YA series. This is one of those “Jeez, I wish they had this when I was growing up” books.
The story of Art and Mrytle Mumby takes place in an alternate Victorian England. The Brits have takenSpace pirates, alien spiders, and flying pigs!!
The story of Art and Mrytle Mumby takes place in an alternate Victorian England. The Brits have taken to Space during Queen Victoria's reign. Alien spiders have a bone to pick with the British, and the Mumbys are the first to feel their wrath. Art and Mrytle must escape from the clutches of alien spiders, and team up with notorious space pirate Jack Havock to try to save the world.
There's a lot of adventure and humor. The book is told mainly from Art's point of view, so there's some sister bashing that's quite funny. I found Myrtle to be a little annoying, but then to Art, she would be. I loved this book.