Mortal Engines – Philip Reeve

mortal engines

The Hungry City Chronicles: Book 1

Envision a distant future in which immense mobile cities roar over continent-sized wastelands, preying on each other. Thanks to ruthless scavenger Thaddeus Valentine, London has acquired an ancient energy weapon powerful enough to overwhelm the well-defended but stationary cities of former Asia. To lowly apprentice Historian Tom Natsworthy, Valentine is a hero; Tom begins to find out differently after meeting Hester Shaw, a savagely mutilated young woman who saw Valentine murder her parents for the device. Ejected from the city as it barrels eastward, Tom and Hester encounter pirates and unexpected allies, battle an ancient cyborg warrior, and get an eye-opening look at their diverse world as they struggle to catch up.

A very interesting idea.  Cities that actually move around the globe, attacking each other… This book was very interesting in the beginning, then slowed a little in the middle, but drew me right back in during the last third.  An exciting adventure, if you stick with it!  – Jessica, Teen Librarian

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