The first, and perhaps the biggest, shock was when I realized that the book is set 16 YEARS after the last one. Tom and Hester in their thirties, have a fifteen year old daughter named Wren. Anchorage has long since settled on dry land and have been content with a simple life there.
Now, I’ve said this before, but this series has a very odd and unusual style of narration, the tone, if you would. It’s dystopia, the first two were YA but this one was a mix since the main characters were 15-30 years ...more
Wren did not make a good first impression on me. Within the first 50 pages, she ...more
Philip Reeve’s Hungry City Chronicles is one of the more original and imaginative young adult series out there. Infernal Devices is the third book in the series and it is set 18 years after Predator’s Gold.
Tom and Hester are all grown up with a teenage daughter. Tom is a loving husband and a doting father to Wren. Hester – I’ll get to her later. They live in the static city of Anchorage and their lives are dull and uneventful in contrast to the adventures of the previous book.
It is Wre ...more
The world and the plot of this series are fantastic
But the characters break my heart and not in the way you want them to.
The absolute character assassination of Hester Shaw really ruins this series for me. In the first book and for most of the second book you can understand Hester, she's still not particularly likeable for the people around her, but the things she says and does make sense given her life. In Predator's Gold she did something awful, but you could understand her me ...more
World: Simply the best part of the book and the reason I am still reading this series. The world is dense, it's quirky and is a thing all it's own. I like how this book continues the world from Predator's Gold and we get to see more of it is always a great thing, the best part.
Story: The story is fun, it's face paced, it's dry and quirky at the same time and heavy and broody in another same time. I like the tone, I like the world and the stor ...more
The romance in this is still terrible. (view spoiler)[ When Wren is kidnapped, Tom thinks that he’ll have to get her back because without her, life’s not worth living. Um, what about your wife, Tom? And maybe it’s because he knows Hester can take care other self, but Tom never once t ...more
SIGH. That's all I can say, really. SIGHHHH.
So, while the first book in this series got 5 stars, the second got 3 stars, and for book three I've decided to go with 2 stars and a DNF @ around 40%. I'm honestly not even sure I'll read the fourth book now.
I hate when a series goes downhill!
Basically, this book takes place sixteen years after the end of book two, and follows Hester and Tom's daughter Wren instead of Hester and Tom themselves (although they do come into it more later). One ...more
This book leaps forward 16 years from Predator's Gold. Young Wren Natsworthy is kidnapped after her plans to run away go awry, and her parents, Tom and Hester (the heroes of the previous two books) chase after her and the three of them are swiftly embroiled in political intrigue, danger, entanglements with evil cyborgs, Falling in Like With Handsome Africa ...more
In Infernal Devices, sixteen years have passed, and Tom and Hester's teenage daughter Wren is bored of her backwater life and ...more
So i think this one is much better than the first two and i really liked how things developed in this one.
World-building was brilliant as always but a few extra elements were added which again should have been hard to imagine but weren't. It's very vivid and really ties in to the plot well.
The characterization was much better in this one and seemed to not only make sense but really bring the characters to some interesting places. Tom was better although still a bit all over the place and ...more
Wren did start out a bit annoying with her TSTL decisions. It made sense though, given that she has grown up in the one place and never experienced the outside world except through her parents stories. She does get some character growth following her kidnapping, becoming less naive ...more
The Hungry City Chronicles has been quite good so far. I had quibbles, especially in the character development department, but overall the first two installments were quite excellent. But I kind of wished I'd found the series when I was in late middle or high school, when I was more in line with the targeted age bracket. The first two books were exactly the kind of books I would have adored as a teenager.
Infernal Devices is the first book in the series that has re ...more
Os poderosos motores de Anchorage estão enferrujados e mortos há anos. A cidade abandonada já não percorre a Vastidão Gelada, mas se instalou na borda da terra que uma vez foi a América.
Tom Natsworthy e Hester Shaw estão felizes com a segurança de um assentamento estático, mas sua filha, Wren, está desesperada por aventura.
Quando um pirata submarino perigosamente e ...more
So why not one or two s ...more
Es un libro que te rompe el corazón por toda la nostalgia del primer libro que tiene, regresa un personaje que me dieron 17 ataques cuando lo nombran.
Y estoy en una encrucijada porque quiero leer el cuarto para saber qué sigue, y a l ...more
It's a bit darker than the previous ones, too. I like that the characters are questioning themselves and what they think they know.
Good stuff, this.
Esta parte me ha recordado mucho a Peter Pan y a todo lo referente a los Niños Perdidos.
El autor me ha vuelto a hacer lo que me hizo en la primer ...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.
Railhead, published by Oxford Un ...more