Skip to main content

Book Review: Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

Mortal Engines (The Hungry City Chronicles, #1)Title: Mortal Engines 
Author: Philip Reeve
Series: The Mortal Engines Quartet #1
Pages: 293
Publisher: Scholastic
Date of Publication: 1st April 2002
Source: Found in the house ;)
Synopsis from Goodreads: 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 ...

The great traction city london is on the move again. It has been lying low, skulking in the hills to avoid the bigger, faster, hungrier cities loose in the Great Hunting Ground. But now, as its great mountain of metal lumbers along in hot pursuit of its quarry, the sinister plans it has harbored for years can finally start to unfold behind its soaring walls ...

Thaddeus Valentine, London's Head Historian and most famous archaeologist, and his daughter, Katherine, are down in The Gut when the young assassin with the black scarf strikes. Only the quick intervention of Tom, a lowly third-class apprentice, prevents Valentine from being stabbed in the heart. Madly racing after the fleeing girl, Tom suddenly glimpses her hideous face: scarred from forehead to jaw, nose a smashed stump, a single eye glaring back at him. "Look at what your Valentine did to me!" she screams. "Ask him! Ask him what he did to Hester Shaw!" And with that she jumps down the waste chute to her death. Minutes later Tom finds himself tumbling down the same chute and stranded in the Out-Country, a sea of mud scored by the huge caterpillar tracks of cities like the one now steaming off over the horizon.

In a stunning literary debut, Philip Reeve has created an unforgettable adventure story set in a dark and utterly original world fueled by Municipal Darwinism -- and betrayal.

My Thoughts:
I actually really enjoyed this book, WAY more than I thought I would. I'm not a big fan of steampunk - sometimes it just goes straight over my head and I'm left feeling really confused, but with Mortal Engines I didn't find that I had this problem. (Much. Nothing that a short reread couldn't fix) At the beginning, sure, I found the concept very strange and a little difficult to get my head around, but once I stopped thinking too hard and just concentrated on the story, I was hooked.

Mortal Engines is about cities on wheels eating other cities on wheels. Weird, I know, but it actually makes for really good reading. As I said before, you kind of have to just turn off the voices in your heard screaming, 'It's not possible! HOW is that possible?!' and just concentrate on the story. I guess that's the beauty of Reeve's writing - that you could just sit back and concentrate so fully on the story that no matter how crazy the plot, no matter how unbelievable the world in which the story is set in is, you can still get sucked in and imagine it playing out like a movie in your head.

The world of this series is crazy, like super strange. However, it so well thought out and so well described that it makes perfect sense, once I'd read the description paragraphs a couple of times, just to make sure I knew what was going on. That makes it sound like there are whole paragraphs of description... Don't worry, there aren't! The description is cleverly placed throughout the book, and sometimes I missed it, I guess, is all I should really say on this matter. Anyway, I found it so easy to imagine it in my head, and I've said it on Twitter, but I'll say it again, this book would make an AWESOME movie. It would be SO good, but ONLY if it was done right... Have you ever played Professor Layton on DS? You know the little movie scenes in that? I couldn't stop imagining the movie being like that while I was reading... ;) If it was like that it would be AWESOME :D

Anyhoo, I've gotten a little off topic. Back to my review. I loved the intertwining of what is essentially two stories that start together, get separated, and then end together. I really enjoyed Katherine's story, I think I liked it better than Tom and Hester's... Oh, I don't know! Haha, I think Tom and Hester are ADORABLE - I love how they went from trying to kill each other to really good friends. I can't wait to see what happens in the next book, I hope they're OK! But back to Katherine... I really liked finding out with her all about what MEDUSA was, and as she found out the truth about her father I couldn't help but feel so awful for her. She was so sweet and she believed in her father so much, only to be let down.

And as I said, I love Tom and Hester. I feel so sorry for Hester and her face, and finding out why she was like that nearly broke my heart. Cheesy, I know, but still. It was SO sad! It must have been so awful, and then to have such a permanent and obvious reminder that you see everyday would be torture. I admire her for her strength, and I'm really looking forward to finding out if she grows anymore in the next books, because I think she might be my favourite character.

Overall, Mortal Engines is a great read. It came out in 2002, and I kind of really wish I had read it earlier, though I'm glad I read it now, if that makes sense. I will most definitely be reading the next books in the series as soon as I've got time away from my review books, because I'm itching to know what happens already. I NEED to know. I'd definitely recommend these books if you haven't already read them, because they are truly something special.

My Rating:
I give it 4 Feet! - Not quite 5 because there were times I got confused and had to reread... ;) But apart from that it was AWESOME :D

100+ Reading Challenge #102


Post a Comment

Thanks for commenting! :D I love comments, so comment away! :D

*I am no longer accepting blog awards :( I do not have time to go through all the things that come with it, and though I'm honoured you thought of me, I'm sure you can find someone who will love it, and be able to carry out the rules :)

Popular posts from this blog

REVIEW: A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood

Hello all! Hope you're all enjoying the summer! I'm currently on holiday in a huge castle in the South of France and enjoying relaxing, playing games, and of course reading a lot!  Today's post is a review of a dreamy summer romance that's perfect for your holiday TBRs! Title:  A Sky Painted Gold Author:  Laura Wood Series:   n/a Pages:   356 Publisher:  Scholastic Date of Publication:  5th July, 2018 Source:  Publisher for review* Synopsis from Goodreads: Growing up in her sleepy Cornish village dreaming of being a writer, sixteen-year-old Lou has always wondered about the grand Cardew house which has stood empty for years. And when the owners arrive for the summer - a handsome, dashing brother and sister - Lou is quite swept off her feet and into a world of moonlit cocktail parties and glamour beyond her wildest dreams. But, as she grows closer to the Cardews, is she abandoning her own ambitions... And is there something darker lurking at the

Random Acts of Kindness May Round Up

Can I just say how much I love this programme? It's a great way to recommend books to people, and for them to recommend to you. I also love how I had no idea that some of them were coming, the surprise of opening the box or email is such a nice one! :) Thanks to Book Soulmates for organizing it, and to everyone who was so lovely and sent me books, I love you all! :D RECEIVED: Bad Girls Don't Die by Katie Alender from Jill at 30 Nights Insomniac  (Paperback) Across the Universe by Beth Revis from Cherie at Mystrez's Crazy Maze  (Paperback) Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles from Lesley at My Keeper Shelf (Paperback) Two Way Street by Lauren Barndholdt from Sara at Just Another Story  (Paperback) Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton also from Sara at Just Another Story  (Hardback)             Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins  from Mia at  Gripped Into Books  (Kindle) Nevermore by Kelly Creagh  from Mia at  Gripped Into Books  (Kindle) The

In My Mailbox #39

In My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. The lighting's not great, and neither is the sound. Again. My laptop camera is crappy... Sorry ;) For Review: Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver - OMGosh, SO excited for this one! Gifted: Destined by PC & Kristin Cast - From Andy (@PewterWolf13) THANK YOU :D Bought: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater - I already had a proof but I wanted a finished copy Free: Fracture by Megan Miranda - Free from the Maggie Stiefvater event This week I went to another event in Foyles, this time it was Maggie Stiefvater! :D She is one of the coolest and nicest people ever, and her talk was hilarious! I had to try really hard not to snort-laugh at her, it was AWESOME :D I met Cicely from Cicely Loves Books and her mum (again) and as always they were lovely, and I got all 7 of my books signed by Maggie :D We were second in the queue too - I think that event was the best one I've been to :D Maggie and me :)