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Mortal Engines
Philip Reeve

Fantasy and science fiction

A mad story set in a crazy world where cities move and eat other smaller cities.  Girl with a scar across her face: check.  Adventure: check.  Excitement: check.  Awesomeness: check.

Eva Rodgers, 6CC (2016)


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18 comments on “Mortal Engines

  1. kclarke says:

    This is a fantastic story about a world where cities move on wheels and devour each other. It is a town-eat-town world. The main character is a young apprentice historian from London named Tom Natsworthy. When he is sent down to search for artefacts amongst the debris of the latest catch (Salthook) he encounters his all-time hero Valentine, and his daughter, Katherine. He and an assassin who had attempted Valentine’s murder, are thrown of London and slowly realise that they are being hunted by a cyborg, or more precisely, a Stalker from the Sixty-minute war…

  2. hwunsche says:

    I found this book really interesting because there was lots of excitement and fun.

  3. lbailie says:

    this book is amazing and I’m sure anyone else who has read it will think hat to!

  4. Ms Fee says:

    I absolutely LOVED this book – I can’t believe I hadn’t read it already! Thanks Ms Atkins for the recommendation – this book made me try a different genre (I’d say it was a mix of fantasy and science fiction). The story is set in the distant future where predatory cities (Traction Towns) roll about on giant wheels hunting smaller towns (their prey.) It’s such an amazing idea – and the descriptions of the huge towns overpowering the smaller towns are brilliant. I also think Reeve’s characters are great – Hester Shaw is such a fearless hero, accompanied by some great allies along the way. I think the image of a world crawling with towns, each with their own character, is really memorable and makes me want to be an author to create similarly exciting worlds!

  5. Agnes Milne says:

    I did enjoy this book even though it’s not the kind of book that I would normally read. I did not expect the end as I thought that Hester and Valentine would die and that Tom and Kathrine would live.

  6. fpatten says:

    I think mortal engines is probably one of my favourite books. This is because of it’s brilliant plot from start to beginning and it is very gripping as it is extremely action packed

  7. Mr Milne says:

    Wild science fiction, action, excitement and adventure. The problem for me was that I didn’t really like the writing…

  8. mrothwellstopps says:

    A crazy adventure book I give it a 3

  9. mmaccallumhall says:

    A crazy, action packed adventure.

  10. swood says:

    I loved this book. It’s one of the best I’ve ever read. I was hooked from the very beginning. It’s a thrilling adventure with something for everyone. AMAZING!!!

  11. tluppi says:

    How could anyone resist a book with London, big mouths, Manmade digestive systems and it’s set in the 25th century? And, the meanies, they call us the ancients. My favorite part wassssssssss – no, stop it, no spoilers, all I can say is MEDUSA. NO MORE SPOILERS. Full stars all-around. Adventure: of course, Excitement: I wouldn’t rate it 5 stars if not, Awesomeness: Did you just say awesomeness? YA. One more thing, Its a city eat city, town eat town world. NO MORE SPOILERS

  12. tcarpenter says:

    A mental mad and majestic book filled with creativity were cities move and eat small city it’s filled with adventure. It all starts off with a boy called Tom Natsworthy in the gut of a traction city called London. He falls into a waste chute with someone Called Hester shaw. And together they travel the world of traction city’s with a robot/stalker stalking them they go through pirate suburbs to central hunting grounds to airships to traction markets. Great book Phillip reeve please make a series I honestly recommend this book

  13. ibuglione says:

    This book has everything a good book needs exitment adventure awesomeness.READ THIS BOOK

  14. tmortensen says:

    This book is one of the best books I have ever read. A boy starts on a lonely travelling city called London. The boy is working in the Gut where you clean up dead people from cities London has eaten because this is a city eat city world. Your city survives by eating other cities. The boy gets pushed of his city and has to survive with a person he meets. Can they survive without out being put in the jaws of a city.

  15. wsimwogerere says:

    I really enjoyed reading this book because, it was fun packed it built tension and was really helpful with work using tension building in year 6.This is the reason why I love this book and give it five stars.

  16. risaacs says:

    one day a mysterious girl called hester shaw comes abord london and says valentine killed her partents

  17. tbraganza says:

    This book is quite sad at the end (I’ve lived in London all my life so I guess I would say that – no spoilers!) but I really enjoyed it. I didn’t like when they used St. Pauls as a cannon. My favourite part was when – oh, I give up. There were too many favourite parts!