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A Darkling Plain (The Hungry City Chronicles #4)

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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 inte
Hardcover, 559 pages
Published May 29th 2007 by Eos
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Seizure Romero
WARNING: This diatribe contains potential spoilers and rude language. It is also long. Proceed with caution.

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
I love this series and in particular I love the end to this series. Although...
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
Aug 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Darkling Plain is the longest of the Hungry City books, by a fairly large margin. But there is, after all, a lot going on here. There's hardly any padding, so it earns it's 500+ pages honestly.

Thinking about the book, I suspect that I wouldn't have liked it so much, or been so glued to it, if I hadn't already been deeply invested in these characters from previous books. Tom and Hester especially, who see their story draw to what is probably its unavoidable close. The ending is fantastic, emot
Wei Cho
dear reader,

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
Feb 09, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know if A Darkling Plain was all that much longer than the previous three books in the Hungry City Chronicles, or if it just felt like it. The book is a direct sequel to Infernal Devices. In many ways this is where it all happens, where it all goes down. All the books leading up to this point, this big showdown between warring powers. More action, less set-up. And action is good, right? But here's the thing, I personally liked the less climatic but funnier books which set this one up. Th ...more
Jonathan Combs
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reeve provides a beautiful ending to this massive saga. Although classified as young adult, these books appeal as much to this old adult. Great writing, subtle humor, gripping and inventive story lines (Municipal Darwinism--how great is that?), and characters you can actually love or hate, but never feel ambivalent about . Hester Shaw is a difficult central figure, partly because of her absolute cold-bloodedness, partly because she excuses her bad deeds by blaming them on her lineage, and partly ...more
Jan 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The final instalment of the Mortal Engines quartet is a triumph. While the first volume introduced us to the chief characters and the magnificent concepts of Traction Cities and Municipal Darwinism, the second was rather less urgent, content to deepen characterisations and to present new figures such as Nimrod Pennyroyal. The third volume was like the beginning of Act II, moving us on nearly two decades and giving us new protagonists such as Wren whilst also recapturing the excitement that disti ...more
Sep 13, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I have to admit, after the previous three books in the Hungry Cities Chronicles I was a little disappointed with this one. Part of the problem was that the book is just so long. And I am not one to shy away from long books, but 'A Darkling Plain' just dragged on and on, so much so that by the time I reached the last 100 pages I found myself skipping chapters that were slow and uninteresting, just to get to the good parts. I was eager to find out what would happen to Tom and Hester, but didn't un ...more
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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.

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The Hungry City Chronicles (4 books)
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“That's what History teaches us, I think, that life goes on, even though individuals die and whole civilizations crumble away: The simple things last; they are repeated over and over by each generation.” 12 likes
“It will be all right, Tom. Wherever we go now, whatever becomes of us, we'll be together, and it will all be all right.” 6 likes
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