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Set in a steampunk future world, the majority of the cities on Earth have become giant moving behemoths t ...more
In the distant future, the earth is little more than barren landscape cluttered with the rusted remnants of crumbling infrastructure. People have raised the cities from the ground, retrofitting them with rolling tracks and steaming engines to prowl the wastes in search of smaller cities to devour for scrap.
The mining town saw the danger and turn ...more
And yet - I know a lot of kids books that have brilliant writing, good story-building and don't need to be dumbed down.
Let me just put it in the form of a nice list. The good:
- good morals underneath
- nice ide ...more
You can read this review over at my website as well The Write Stuff and you will also be able to read my review of the film once I watch it in December 2018!
The Hungry City Chronicles is one of my favourite book series from childhood. I was around twelve to fourteen years old when I first read the series. The ideal age to read these novels and to be entertained by them. I had no preconceptions about literature structure. No knowledge about in media res or three-act story telling.
I separate YA dystopian books in two categories based on two popular series. Hunger games it's children and books similar to Chaos walking. Mortal engines is latter.While it's bit older they are definitively branches of the same tree which has roots in old fantasy.
Mortal Engines is steampunk dystopia where after huge war ground become unstable and resources become scarce so entire settlements became mobile. Thousand years later and towns still roam and devour each other ...more
I really should have read it back then. Seriously.
Because now, after a glut of dystopia, strange steampunk (even if it is a far future dystopia), and charming YA characters also glutting the market, Mortal Engines now feels a bit... dated.
The cities chomping down on each other and the later spoilerish coolness is sti ...more
I had to read the book!
I love the world that Reeve has created, London feels so familiar yet different here.
The idea that big cities can consume smaller locations was such an intriguing narrative, though eerily felt too similar to our own expansion and building on rural areas.
The wordplay and descriptions were ...more
Generally speaking, this writing was too young for me, but this time I say that as an observation, not a critique, because it's written/meant for a younger audience (middle-grade level). Readers who enjoy YA would enjoy it as well, but the writing gave me that feeling that it was written wi ...more
"It’s a town-eat-town world.” –Municipal Darwinism
Municipal Darwinism is a concept that hooked me right from the first page. Imagine a society where hungry cities roam, searching for prey. Imagine these huge cities, shaped like giant steel tiered wedding cakes rumbling around the countryside gobbling up smaller towns and settlements. Imagine the noise, the dust, and the deep tracks in the mud. This is the intriguing world of the Mortal Engines.
This is a world set fa ...more
With the dystopian boom the market is now seeing, it’s kind of hard to find a true dystopian novel. Strange, isn’t it? There are lots of ‘dystopian’ novels being published these days but only few of it really fits the genre. Yeah, some books tries but that’s what makes the difference: it tries, it doesn’t just be. Gone was the bleak tone of the narrative. Gone was the relentless nature of the society. Gone was the subtle questions the readers have to ask themsel ...more
The main characters are charming, and the world is FASCINATING. My 14yo son read the book before we saw the movie, and he also preferred the movie, but is still planning to read the entire series. I might, but I've been hearing from a lot of people about how the prequel series, FEVER CRUMB, is their favorite, so I think I'll go to those first.
The movie was full of pretty people running around, ...more
Mortal Engines was such an entertaining book! At the beginning, I was definitely getting City of Ember vibes. Please don't make me explain why I automatically thought that but I did. It also made me enjoy this a lot more.
I loved the world building in this book. Even listening to the audio and I could visualize everythin ...more
I loved the idea of this book so much and wanted to love it.
It was very creative and unique, but I found it hard to stay engaged. I had trouble connecting with the characters and an even harder time imagining this world as a whole. There were certain things I really liked about it and other things that fell flat for me. I'm not sure I will continue with the series, but I am glad it was made into a movie. Maybe once I see it come to life, I will want to continue with it at a later ...more
MAGNIFICENT READ. FAST PACED. EXCITEMENT!!!
I don’t have enough words to describe how much I enjoyed this book. The genre, post-apocalyptic steampunk science fiction, has made it into one of my top favourite genres; it totally submerged me intoa new world. Reeve introduces us into a new, strange, colourful, yet gritty world, ruled by “MunicipalDarwinism” (town-eat-town world). His world-building was exceptional, creating an adventurous environment where cities move and “eat” each othe ...more
Reeve writes an astonishing story with a brilliant and engaging plot. The world-building is fantastic: many centuries into the future, where cities are on wheels and wander over the earth eating smaller cities. It ...more
It was a dark, blustery afternoon in spring, and the city of London was chasing a small mining town across the dried-out bed of the old North Sea.
Man, I love that opening line: it immediately raises so many questions, and weirdly reminds me of Stephen King's inimitable The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed. It immediately plunges you into a chase scene with an urge to know more and see what happens.
I needed something light and whimsical after my previous book, so t ...more
Anyway this is my first edition I have been putting off and off for no apparent reason - till now.
Any boy was a I missing out - the story will soon be told in ...more
The characters are vivid and interesting, the dialogue is incredibly well done for a YA novel, and there's even a strong sense of moral ambiguity(again, by YA standards).
The overall plot was a bit too c ...more
“It was natural that cities ate towns, just as the towns ate smaller towns, and smaller towns snapped up the miserable static settlements. That was Municipal Darwinism, and it was the way the world had worked for a thousand years, ever since the great engineer Nikolas Quirke had turned London into the first Traction City.”
It was an unusual book. I’m a little too surprised by it right now. The book was unpredictable in its change of moods. I thought it was quite meek with a middle grade-ish vi...more
I really don't know if I really want to see the movie now...this was extremely dark and sad. Overall the story was good and I enjoyed the world this was set in. Very ingenuitious with the cities and towns being mobile after the world is destroyed in the 21st century.
Hester and Tom were great characters but I would have liked more interaction between the two of them.
Yeah...I think I talked myself into seeing the movie to compare it to the book.
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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