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Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve
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Feb 19, 2009

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bookshelves: ya-class, teen

This book takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where big cities eat smaller cities. This new concept is called municipal darwinism. The dwellers left behind in these eaten towns become slaves and prisoners. Fifteen year old historian, Tom is sent to rescue the items worth saving. Valentine, the Head Historian, is almost stabbed by a girl named Hester Shaw. She escapes down a waste chute and Tom is ordered to follow her. They find themselves in Out-Country, which is the ruined earth below the city. London moves on leaving them both there and Tom and Hester go through many adventures trying to get back, including being captured by pirates. There is a lot of action in this book that would be good for middle or high school boys. There are also a lot of interesting concepts about the future that make one think so it would appeal to girls as well.

Voya Ratings 4Q, 3P, J, S

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