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A Darkling Plain by Philip Reeve
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Dec 12, 2011

it was amazing

A Darkling Plain, by Phillip Reeve, is the final book and the conclusion to the epic Mortal Engines quartet. I think this book was the best of the whole series. This book picks up off from where the last one started, so you need to read the series to know what is going on. Reeve always gives every character a backstory and this enables you to see their personality, even if they are only in one book. London, which was destroyed in the first book, is secretly rebuilding and is planning to move again using magnetic levitation. The only thing I don't think fits is that Tom and Hester die in the end. Tom dies because of his heart problem, and Hester commits suicide when Tom dies. The ending is a bit tragic, but their daughter, Wren, is happily having a relationship with Theo Ngoni, her friend and they become mag-lev furniture sellers. Shrike (Grike in the American print), the Stalker, comes too late to rescue Hester and Tom and goes into hibernation. He sees years pass in seconds and sees Tom and Hester's bodies decay and a tree grows where they were. When he sees a girls put flowers around his neck, thinking him of just an old statue, he slows the hibernation. He walks to the village nearby and they tell him that the age of traction cities are over. They ask him to tell them a story, and he begins with the first line of the first book, showing that he may be the narrator of the series.

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