Mortal Engines

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HarperCollins, Sep 1, 2004 - Juvenile Fiction - 384 pages
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London is hunting

The great Traction City lumbers after a small town, eager to strip its prey of all assets and move on. Resources on the Great Hunting Ground that once was Europe are so limited that mobile cities must consume one another to survive, a practice known as Municipal Darwinism.

Tom, an apprentice in the Guild of Historians, saves his hero, Head Historian Thaddeus Valentine, from a murder attempt by the mysterious Hester Shaw -- only to find himself thrown from the city and stranded with Hester in the Out Country. As they struggle to follow the tracks of the city, the sinister plans of London's leaders begin to unfold ...

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Review: Mortal Engines (The Hungry City Chronicles #1)

User Review  - Noah Diewald - Goodreads

This is considered juvenile fiction but the story is more complex and less wishy-washy than a lot of what I've read that is aimed at adults. I think the only reason it would be considered juvenile is ... Read full review

Review: Mortal Engines (The Hungry City Chronicles #1)

User Review  - Eden - Goodreads

The traction city London has been trying to avoid being eaten by bigger and hungrier cities that are in the hunting grounds. But the Mayor has some plans for London that will help it survive for a ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Philip Reevewas born in Brighton, England. Inspired by the Asterix and Tintin books he loved as a boy, he became a cartoonist and, many years later, the illustrator of several highly successful children's book series in the United Kingdom. He has been writing since he was five, but "mortal engines", the first book in the Hungry City Chronicles, was his first published novel. He has since followed that with "Predator's Gold", "Infernal Devices", and the Victorian space opera "Larklight". Mr. Reeve lives on Dartmoor with his wife, Sarah, and their son, Samuel.

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