The mighty engines of Anchorage have been rusted and dead for years. The derelict city no longer roams the Ice Wastes, but has settled on the edge of the land that was once America. Tom Natsworthy and Hester Shaw are happy in the safety of a static settlement, but their daughter, Wren, is desperate for adventu ...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
I really like what the author has done with the multiple characters and storylines. They all exist independently of each other, but they also ...more
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
Infernal Devices is about Hester and Tom's freaking kid. I was so excited and pumped for this book. Just to see all her adventures now.. but no, I was in complete and utter disappointment. First, Wren - their kid - sort of runs away. Then when H and T go to save her from being a complete dumb ass.. she gets kidnapped.
Throughout the story you see them trying to save their little girl. Howe ...more
I loved the first book, then found the second mediocre. But this one just plainly got on my nerves, and I'm honestly debating whether or not to continue the series.
First of all, this book starts off with a huge time skip of 16 years. A bit odd, but okay. We meet Tom and Hester's daughter Wren, who I didn't like at first but who grew on me over the course of this book.
She wasn't the problem I had with this book, neither was the plot. My issue with this book we ...more
Wren did not make a good first impression on me. Within the first 50 pages, she ...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
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
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
I'm tired of hearing what a good guy Tom is. In the first book he was just bland. In the second book he turned out to be a cheater - one of the things I just don't forgive for. In the third book it was pretty clear that he has been quite a lousy husband to Hesta for the many years of them being together. And yet, everyone kept repeating what a nice gu ...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 thinks about his wi ...more
The story's protagonist is Wren, Tom and Hester's daughter. She's a solid combination of the best of their personalities: brave and usually sensible like her mother, but compassionate, like her father. Her youthful stupidity drives the early part of the plot, but common sense starts ...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
I was a bit bothered that this is happening 16 (!) years later.
I'm sad to say this, but this is not a good book.
Really the only thing I found interesting in this book, and the only character I didn't hate was Mr. Grike.
Fishcake was OK.
1.5 stars. ...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
That and it was set 16 years in the future from the previous two which honestly felt like it made all the difference as I found that the characters were getting a little stale.
Tom and Hester are now officially adults with a daughter named Wren who has Hester’s rebellious stre ...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
Multiple characters are killed and then don't die. It is tiresome. It's like the author is lazy and can't be bothered to commit to such a big change, finding it easier to keep that person around.
There were several instances ...more
Wren is likable enough, a noticeable mix of Tom and Hester, but if we're talking about characters, Hester steals the show. Her struggle with her love for Tom, and her disdain and distrust of basically everyone else, really comes to a head. I also liked that motherhood didn't all of ...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