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Infernal Devices

(Mortal Engines Quartet #3)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  15,396 ratings  ·  921 reviews
The third thrilling book in the stunning Predator Cities series!

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
Paperback, 336 pages
Published March 20th 2006 by Point (first published 2005)
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Daniel Pacheco I am afraid it is not translated to Spanish, neither it is the last one of the Mortal Engines series. You will have to read it in English. I have been…moreI am afraid it is not translated to Spanish, neither it is the last one of the Mortal Engines series. You will have to read it in English. I have been looking for it also, but I found nothing.(less)

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Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
here's the thing.

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
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am really enjoying this series! Steampunk has not always been my favorite genre. I think it looks cool in the fan art and cosplay I see online, but I often struggle to connect with the stories and style of writing. That has been very far from the case with the Hungry City Chronicles. Also, I think this series keeps getting better as the story moves along.

I really like what the author has done with the multiple characters and storylines. They all exist independently of each other, but they also
Sara Saif
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it

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
Sep 04, 2008 rated it liked it
This "sixteen-years-later"-quel suffers from the main problem of letting your characters grow up off screen: when you get back to them they are no longer the people you grew to love or hate or (at least) know. Hester, the grumpy-but-lovable urchin from the previous books, has become a hardened, hateful and hate-filled grown-up with next to no good qualities. She has also who has somehow turned into a warrior extraordinaire in the years she spent in the sleepy backwater of Anchorage-in-Vineland, ...more
This one.. made me so freaking mad. So mad, that I held off on listening to the last book until this morning.

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
Jul 01, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2022-reads, audiobook
Very action-packed book
I got angry while reading this book.

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
Aug 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Between the end of Predator's Gold and the beginning of Infernal Devices, sixteen years have passed. In that time, Anchorage has become a static city, Hester and Tom have married, and their daughter has grown into a teenager. A huge risk for the author to take. I was emotionally invested in Hester and Tom, and wasn't ready to pass that on to their daughter, Wren. Luckily, they still play a large part in the storyline.

Wren did not make a good first impression on me. Within the first 50 pages, she
rowanthorn ✨
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
2/5 stars

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
2.5 stars

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
Wing Kee
Mar 25, 2018 rated it liked it
There are some serious character issues with Hester...

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
I don't know how it's possible but this series is really growing on me, and the books keep improving as the series goes on. Usually I find books about the children of main characters insufferably annoying, but this one surprised me. And true to the form of the past books, so did the characters. I don't want to spoil anyone's read but I have to say that my favorite thing about this author and this series is that the characters often do things I don't expect, but more than that, neither do they do ...more
In the past two books I was most disappointed by the writing of the characters in the series. In this book I think I've reached my breaking point.

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
Oct 23, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2021
2.5 stars
At 25%- Ugh. Another spoiled, dumb teenage protagonist. First Freya in book two and now Wren. As an adult, I’m unsurprisingly much more interested in the storylines featuring adults, not teenagers.

The romance in this is still terrible. (view spoiler)
catherine ♡
Aug 13, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
The writing style still isn't clicking with me, but all that aside, it still feels like this series is just too full of low blows. And instead of having the characters grow from it, the characters just stay petty, resulting in this ultimate character assassination for everyone. Hester was the worst of them all — the book told me that she and Tom had become adults and had a child but her character in the story stayed jealous and toxic. It's hard for me to feel invested in a story when everyone's ...more
Angela's Booked
Apr 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy the steampunk, dystopian world that the author created in this books. I love the characters and their adventures so very much!
Tate Schad
I think I figured out a way to describe these books, and account for why I’m still reading the whole series. Do you have a tv show you put on when you’re really focusing on something else, just to have some background noise because you know you just need about 20% of your attention to understand what’s going on? This series is that show. And it’s not like The Office where you put it on in the background because you could watch while you do *literally* any task as every moment is perfection. It’s ...more
P. Kirby
Apr 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, fantasy, steampunk
Probably a beneficiary of low expectations, and because I was concurrently reading the tome-of-never-ending-dull, *cough* American Gods, but this, the third installment in the Mortal Engines series, was entertaining.

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
Brooke Shirts
Mar 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
More Hungry City Chronicles! More towns on wheels! More oddly obsessive descriptions of the characters' clothing! More action, more traction!

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
Apr 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
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Jonathan Terrington
Infernal Devices begins as any solid next book in a series should. It continues on from where the last book left off. Several years after Predator's Gold Tom and Hester have a daughter. And she naturally grows bored with the placid nature of life in the hidden wilderness of America. As a result she ends up plunging Tom and Hester into another whirlwind adventure that continues their adventures with old adversaries and some new ones. In short this really is a brilliant continuation of a creative ...more
Apr 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
This was pretty bad - a lot of cringe, cliches and stupid teenagers.
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.
Jul 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Ughhh I'm so angry because the book was so good but I didn't like the ending at all... ...more
Feb 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Predator's Gold had a cosy and happy ending. Anchorage had escaped Arkangel and found refuge in the green parts of America, the city's ordeals were over, and Hester was pregnant with Tom's child. Terrible things had happened to Anna Fang, and there was a dark implication that war was coming to the world... but that would never trouble Anchorage, which was secret and safe.

In Infernal Devices, sixteen years have passed, and Tom and Hester's teenage daughter Wren is bored of her backwater life and
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 stars

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
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was actually my favourite book of the series. Without a world of a lie, there was overall great character growth, plot thickening and most importantly all of the characters having emotions instead of just the females!!
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
This was a solid 4.5 read! I enjoyed it more than the previous book, which surprised me. The story has jumped forward 16 years and despite being uncertain about Hester and Tom having a child, it actually worked for me!

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
Michael Fitzgerald
This series got a lot worse in this book. Ridiculous unbelievable character development and eye-rolling plot twists. The ending was particularly bad. This is not a book I would ever recommend for children. There are all kinds of problems with morality and parent/child roles.

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
Michael Campbell
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's not often a big time leap and protagonist switch works in a series, but if anything, I think this is the best novel in the series so far. Tom and Hester are still here, but their daughter Wren takes center stage.

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
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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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Other books in the series

Mortal Engines Quartet (4 books)
  • Mortal Engines (Mortal Engines, #1)
  • Predator's Gold (Mortal Engines Quartet, #2)
  • A Darkling Plain (The Hungry City Chronicles, #4)

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