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Tom and Hester have been thrown together. Truly-thrown out of a city on wheels that's left them stranded and starving in the middle of nowhere while it hares off after its prey. Hester is desperate for...

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“Engenious!”

published 22/12/2011

Wonderfully realised world, imaginative, scary and...

The past/present tense mixture doesn't quite feel ...

Introduction Having recently finished a substantial series of fantasy books ostensibly for older children written by one Philip (Pullman) I found myself starting on something very similar written by another Philip (Reeve). While His Dark Materials is a trilogy, this one is a quartet (which name...

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“Cities on wheels”

published 02/04/2007

original, complex plot, fast paced story

sometimes a little childish, too many dead parent...

Far in the future, the post-apocalyptic world is an almost unrecognisable place. The Ancients wiped themselves out in the Sixty Minute War, along with a lot of their Old Tech, and now cities have been rebuilt on wheels and caterpillar tracks, so they can travel around, devouring smaller towns or...

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Excellent

Brisk, exhillarating and slightly anarchic

A slightly uneven tone

It’s a familiar scenario: Earth’s weapons got so advanced, so devastating in their power that when war broke out, so complete was the destruction that civilisation as we know it ended. The Earth is almost uninhabitable. Survivors pick up scraps of old technology and try to unlock its powers with...

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Excellent

Everything

You will buy the sequels.

[Backround Info] Mortal Engines was written by Phillip Reeve, released in 2001, and finally published by Scholastic. It’s the first instalment in ‘The Hungry City Chronicles’ series. It’s won a Smarties Gold. award and was shortlisted for a Whitebread award. Mortal Engines is set after a nuclear...

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