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Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve
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May 02, 2012

it was amazing
Read from April 01 to May 02, 2012

This story is sent in Earth's far future, wherein the great cities roam around the land, 'eating' each other to stay alive. Tom is an apprentice to the Historians in the city of London, and his hero is a man named Valentine, who has adventured not only on what we have to guess is the continent of Europe, but also flew to America on his air ship, the 13 Floor Elevator. When Valentine returns to London, Tom winds up in a plot set in motion by a girl, Hester Shaw, to kill Valentine. When Hester is pushed off of London - a death sentence - Tom happens to see it happen, and he's tossed overboard, too. While they survive the fall, the Mayor of London, Crome, sets a Stalker - a mechanical man programmed to kill - after Hester.

This is a very engaging story with an excellent set of characters. Tom and Hester's adventures 'on the ground' (as it were) are fascinating, and the people they meet are just as interesting and help move the story on. Katherine, Valentine's daughter, becomes caught up in Tom's quest, whether she likes it or not, finding out secrets about London and Hester Shaw she never wanted to know.

The three of them meet again in the finale of the book, when London is preparing to stalk into what appears to be Tibet, and destroy all the land dwellers - Anti-Tractionists - to keep building London into the conqueror of the World.

A very good young adult story, and I'm looking forward to reading more of this world's adventures.
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