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Andrew said:
This book was a one of a kind book with a great plot and good characters along with action, adventure, and intruge. It is set far in the future in a time when cities roam the earth on giant treads and cities eat each other. Its like nothing i have ever read and a really good book! [Series: Hungry City Chronicles]
posted Mar 11, 2005
Avatar for Tommy Tommy said:
I agree with Andrew. This book is sooooooooo awesome!!!!!!!!
posted Aug 29, 2007 at 10:37AM
Avatar for Laura P. Laura P. said:
Great series, especially for teen (and adult) guys.
posted Mar 26, 2008 at 12:27PM
Books You Have To Read said:
In a city-eat-city world, where zombies and weapons of mass destruction- and I mean MASS destruction-have come and gone (or have they??), a young boy deals with surprising truths and conflicting loyalties.
posted May 25, 2008 at 9:43AM
Avatar for KaliO KaliO said:
Tom Natsworthy is a lowly apprentice in the Guild of Historians. Kate Valentine is the beautiful daughter of Head Historian Thaddeus Valentine. Hester Shaw is a young woman with a hideously scarred face, a would-be assassin whose attack on Thaddeus Valentine is thwarted by young Tom. And the city of London, where this event takes place, is a Traction City: a towering mobile metropolis with metal jaws that rolls across Europe in pursuit of smaller towns to capture and use as resources, food, and fuel. The world’s cities took to the road hundreds of years ago to escape the constant wars and natural disasters that ravaged the planet, and that’s the future that Tom, Kate, and Hester have grown up in. The Hunting Grounds of Europe used to be flourishing, but things have taken a turn for the worst and it’s become a city-eat-city world. When Tom saves Valentine from Hester’s attack, he expects to be a hero—but instead he’s thrown out of London after Hester and stranded in the wide, open, dangerous Out Country, at the mercy of every roving town, pirate, airship, or Stalker robot that might pass by. Tom’s confusion is matched only by Hester’s desire for revenge and, back in London, by Kate’s overwhelming curiosity about the girl who wants to kill her father. As Tom and Hester try to get back to London and as Kate explores the hidden depths of her city, a secret plot with an ancient but deadly weapon is revealed, and Kate’s father, London’s dastardly Lord Mayor, and a league of cities that have chosen to dwell on the bare earth, are all implicated. Author Philip Reeve seamlessly combines social commentary with action-packed adventure and a richly detailed future world. The first of a series (as so many dystopian sagas are), Mortal Engines is followed by Predator’s Gold, Infernal Devices, and A Darkling Plain.
posted Feb 12, 2010 at 1:22AM
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main characters Tom Natsworthy
Age: 15
Stranded in the Out-Country; desperate to return to London; idolizes Dr. Valentine.

Hester Shaw
Horribly disfigured; claims Valentine killed her parents.

Thaddeus Valentine
Head Historian of the London Museum; artifact hunter.

Katherine Valentine
Thaddeus's daughter.

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