Huge “traction cities,” airship crashes, a post apocalyptic world and ancient technology. This is just some of what the Mortal Engines series, by Philip Reeve, has to offer. If you like anything to do with steampunk, apocalypses and action, then this is the book for you.
The book begins in the traction city of London. (A traction city is a gigantic city built on wheels or tracks which drive around destroying smaller traction cities for their parts.) It is set about a thousand years in the future, after the destructive events of the “Sixty Minute War,” a devastating attack of missiles and genetically engineered diseases. Tom Natsworthy, an apprentice at London’s museum. After chasing down an assassin, he finds himself pushed out of the traction city, along with the assassin. But as he tries to get home, he discovers that all is not right in London…
I would say this is a wonderful book, and it would be well worth it to check out some of Philip Reeve’s other books. It is totally unique and I doubt seeing another series like this for years to come. I recommend it for ages 11 and up.
Final verdict: 5 out of 5. Breathtaking.