London is hunting The great Traction City lumbers after a small town, eager to strip its prey of all assets and move on. Resources on the Great Hunting Ground that once was Europe are so limited that mobile cities must consume one another to survive, a practice known as Municipal Darwinism. Tom,... show more
London is hunting The great Traction City lumbers after a small town, eager to strip its prey of all assets and move on. Resources on the Great Hunting Ground that once was Europe are so limited that mobile cities must consume one another to survive, a practice known as Municipal Darwinism. Tom, an apprentice in the Guild of Historians, saves his hero, Head Historian Thaddeus Valentine, from a murder attempt by the mysterious Hester Shaw -- only to find himself thrown from the city and stranded with Hester in the Out Country. As they struggle to follow the tracks of the city, the sinister plans of London's leaders begin to unfold ...
Publish date: 2005
Publisher: Harper Collins US UK
Pages no: 373
Edition language: English
Series: The Hungry City Chronicles (#1)
The traction city London has been trying to avoid being eaten by bigger and hungrier cities that are in the hunting grounds. But the Mayor has some plans for London that will help it survive for a very long time.Thaddeus Valentine is the Head Historian and he has a daughter named Katherine. One day ...
Mortal Engines is set in a future version of London, in which Admiral Quirke defined the principles of Municipal Darwinism and made London a moving city. After the Sixty Minutes War destroyed most of the world, Traction Cities such as London built engines that allow them to move and go hunting for s...
Well, that was depressing. But refreshing. And boring at times. Should I give it 3 stars?
While older than the genre as a recognized subcategory, Mortal Engines has a steam-punk feel, with motor driven cities, combat zeppelins, and a fascination for things British. In this world, however, they have reverted to steam technology post-apocalypse rather than developing oddly accelerated tech...
From the very first page, when we are told that the city of London has gone hunting, I was completely hooked on the world Reeve created. Mortal Engines is set in a steampunk, post-nuclear world. Cities are on wheels, most of them, and consume each other in a system called Municipal Darwinism. Surviv...