Eos / HarperCollins
Date: September 14, 2004
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Young Adult Fiction /. Science Fiction
Notes: Contains graphic violence
Hungry City Chronicles
By Philip Reeve
millennia into Earth's future, cities are no longer stationary.
Built on large tractors, they move about the earth looking for smaller
cities to devour. When a city spots a smaller one, they chase them
down, dismantling them for spare parts and slaves. They take everything
of value and recycle what they can't use.
Now, however, Municipal Darwinism
is beginning to fail. Prey is scarce in the European hunting ground.
London has not moved for fear of being eaten by a larger metropolis.
But supplies are getting scarce, so the city begins to hunt. They
catch up with Salthook and eat it. Now they're moving east at a
rapid clip. The Lord Mayor of London, Magnus Crome, has something
planned. He intends to use an Old Tech machine called MEDUSA to
enrich London and make her superior to all other Traction Cities.
However, something is wrong with his plan.
His chief historian, Thaddeus Valentine, who originally brought
him MEDUSA, narrowly avoids an assassination attempt by a girl named
Hester Shaw. Third Class Apprentice Historian, Thomas Natsworthy,
saves Valentine's life. Unfortunately, when he tells Valentine that
he knows the name of his assassin, Valentine pushed Natsworthy down
the same chute Hester Shaw jumped into. He finds himself in the
Out Country alone with Valentine's would-be assassin. Little did
he know that he would soon learn to hate Valentine with as much
passion as he had previously loved him.
Mortal Engines is Philip Reeve's
first novel and a fine debut it is. It is written for young adults,
and shows the consequences of the violence that people do to each
other. If you want to give your teenager a moral lesson in what
violence actually does to people, this is a good book for that purpose.
On top of that, it's a thoroughly entertaining story that I enjoyed
reading. Pick up a copy and enjoy.