Mortal Engines

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HarperCollins, 2004 - Juvenile Fiction - 373 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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User Review  - wealhtheowwylfing - LibraryThing

Dickensian fantasy following three children as they navigate through a world ruled by municiple darwinism. Third Class Historian Apprentice Tom and ugly, bitter Hester explore the world of the Out ... Read full review

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User Review  - wildeaboutoscar - LibraryThing

A good, if slightly macabre read. The only thing that annoyed me was the use of the present tense, thought it was more than a little unnecessary. 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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