Mortal Engines

Mortal Engines

Book - 2017
Average Rating:
Rate this:
20
6
2
 …
In the distant future, when cities move about and consume smaller towns, a fifteen-year-old apprentice is pushed out of London by the man he most admires and must seek answers in the perilous Out-Country, aided by one girl and the memory of another.
Publisher: New York, NY : Scholastic Inc., [2017]
ISBN: 9781338201123
1338201123
Characteristics: 296 pages ; 21 cm.

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment
h
hadlock
Feb 27, 2019

I wanted to see the movie. After all, it was Peter Jackson.

What a concept: movable cities! I was hoping there would be an explanation of how traction London managed to get St. Paul’s on one of its tiers. But, sadly, no.

As usual, the book was better than the movie. And not so Hollywood. There’s good character development.

h
HANNAH WARD
Feb 21, 2019

I loved the writing style! It was simple and unaffected, which is a refreshing change from most YA novels. I'm really excited for the movie to come out!
There were some character deaths that had me shook, but by the end of the book I was happy with the outcome. The characters have a refreshing simplicity and they aren't too angsty... But they are definitely not static. 👌Don't be put off by the sort of slow start, it gets better after Part 1.
RECOMMEND

q
queensthief
Feb 12, 2019

Two paragraphs in and I knew the writer had to be British. The writing style had a real "The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists" vibe. Whimsical, gruesome, menacing. 90% high-quality writing, but typical steampunk tropes and YA characters, though the ending ultimately gave me quite a surprise.

k
kmobuckeye
Feb 04, 2019

I'm not typically a steampunk fam, but this story was adventurous and the writing was great!

d
Dlbrownlow
Jan 28, 2019

Great steampunk book. Now i cant wait to see the movie and read the next book in the series!

d
darladoodles
Feb 01, 2018

Captivating worldbuilding with steampunk style. The story is epic in proportion with characters you love and hate as well as those you don't know what to think of. London is a predator city and Tom finds himself questioning his loyalty to his home once he is thrown off and left to die on the hunting grounds. The tale is told in alternating perspectives. One is Tom's as he tries to make his way back to London with the mysteriously scarred Hester Shaw. The other is from Katherine Valentine's perspective as she seeks the truth about her father, the great explorer, and his past connection to Hester with some help from an engineer apprentice. This book has something for everyone -- air battles, Terminator-type killer robots, mysterious female aviators, a journey with setbacks around every corner, self-sacrifice, and ancient technology resurrected to do great harm in the present. Recommended!

fineplan Dec 02, 2016

Very unique concept and there were some very pleasing surprises with the relationships and interactions between the characters. I haven't decided, yet, how I feel about the end. I WILL be reading the next book, though!

t
TheRoamer
Jul 06, 2015

This book was one of my favorites, and inspired me to make a game called Gears using java. I've read the whole series now, and I can tell that this book is a five star. Full with steampunk and science fiction, this book is set about 10000 years from today in a postapolyptic world. This would delight all readers who like reading science fiction.

qwertyuiop12 Mar 04, 2014

This book is a perfect anti-cliche, with an inner meaning, that nothing ever works out perfectly, there are no heros or storybook endings.

t
TeenTest1
Oct 29, 2013

Thought this one was very interesting. The world in this book was fascinating, and I can't wait to read the next one.

View All Comments

Age

Add Age Suitability
h
HANNAH WARD
Feb 21, 2019

HANNAH WARD thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

i
ItsYourBoiMyles
Jan 03, 2019

ItsYourBoiMyles thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

b
blue_dolphin_11130
Dec 28, 2018

blue_dolphin_11130 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

d
danomcd
Nov 05, 2018

danomcd thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

blue_bear_6056 Jul 09, 2016

blue_bear_6056 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

r
renaissance7
Feb 03, 2013

renaissance7 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

Quotes

Add a Quote
m
Marleny_Martini
Mar 25, 2019

"The one thing worse than an enemy is a friend turned false."

m
Marleny_Martini
Mar 25, 2019

"Sometimes, on our way through the world, we meet someone who touches our heart in a way others don't."

Summary

Add a Summary
k
kittster
Feb 29, 2012

A great, steampunk-based book, set in a torn up and desolate world where cities move along the ground like oversized turtles. First scene is London chasing down and EATING a smaller salt mining town. Huzzah!

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Recommendations

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at WCLS

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top