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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It's engrossing, uncomfortable, exquisite writing. - Goodreads
The plot is intriguing and the body count is high. - Goodreads
So far Reeve's writing has been daring and original. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Bill_Bibliomane - LibraryThing

This was really a cracking good read, and one which I sped through accordingly. Reeves has created a fully formed and intriguing world of the future, and, as it is often best to do, he has left a lot ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Peter - Goodreads

I started this book recently, I thought the opening page was funny and intriguing, and the premise of the mechanical moving cities is wholly original and a fantastic hook. A while after Tom and Hester ... 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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