At least that is all Tom Natsworthy, an Apprentice Historian aboard the roaming city of London, has ever known. All Tom wants to do is become a heroic Historian like his idol, Thaddeus Valentine. So when Tom has the opportunity to impress Valentine, he takes the chance. But Tom does not expect assassins to stand in his way. Or the secrets and dark plans the city of London has for the future.
Soon, Tom is pushed into a world he never knew existed. A world where he must question everything he knows to save his life and the lives of his friends.
Philip Reeve builds an interesting and detailed world in Mortal Engines. Readers will enjoy figuring out the conspiracy and sinking into the action packed adventures in this futuristic world. This reader thought that the story seemed a bit slow at times, but for readers who enjoy longer novels within a vivid universe, Mortal Engines is a good choice.
Fans of the Divergent or The Maze Runner series’ will enjoy the slightly more lighthearted Hungry City Chronicles, of which Mortal Engines is the first novel.
Does it have a Young Adult label?: No.
Recommended if you like stories with: science fiction, movies, adventure, futuristic worlds, friendship, pirates, airships, assassins, government conspiracies, secrets
Favorite Quote: “You aren't a hero and I'm not beautiful and we probably won't live happily ever after " she said. "But we're alive and together and we're going to be all right.”