Monday, July 10, 2006

Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

What a neat book! It is the first of four books. The third one just came out and I read it first, accidentally. Although this series may be shelved in the children's room, it is actually quite dark and violent, and I think teens and adults would enjoy it as well. The series takes place in the far distant future, long after the "Sixty Minute War" in which the inhabitants of Earth pretty much wiped each other out with weapons of mass destruction. Now, most cities and towns are mobile, and the world is ruled by "Municipal Darwinism," which takes survival of the fittest to the next level. Tom Natsworthy, an apprentice of the Historian's Guild of London, gets swept up in some big adventures in this book. I actually liked the third book (which I read first) a bit better-- it's called Infernal Devices and tells the story of Tom's daughter Wren, sixteen years later.

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