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MORTAL ENGINES ANNIVERSARY ED: 1 Paperback – 1 March 2016
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Mortal Engines Quartet: Mortal Engines
- Classic new editions of Philip Reeve's, Predator Cities quartet to celebrate 15 years since first publication
- Brilliantly imagined, this is one of the greatest futuristic series ever written
- Over 320,000 UK sales of this astonishing series
Mortal Engines launched Philip Reeve's brilliantly-imagined creation, the world of the Traction Era, where mobile cities fight for survival in a post-apocalyptic future.
The first instalment introduces young apprentice Tom Natsworthy and the murderous Hester Shaw, flung from the fast-moving city of London into heart-stopping adventures in the wastelands of the Great Hunting Ground.
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Philip Reeve's Mortal Engines was his first published novel. He is the author of many books for young people. Carnegie Medal for Here Lies Arthur. He lives with his wife and son on Dartmoor.
- Publisher : Scholastic UK (1 March 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 326 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1407152130
- ISBN-13 : 978-1407152134
- Reading age : 10 - 16 years
- Dimensions : 13.9 x 2.1 x 20.3 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 176,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Mortal Engines film only covers book 1 in this quartet novels in this kindle version.
The film is directed by Christian Rivers and "Wingnut" (Peter Jackson's company) is a minor partner in its financing. I'll bet he regrets it too.
So - again - for maybe the millionth time over past 100 yrs time the movie makers stuffed up a very good novel. They again made the arrogant and fatal error of changing both the story and the characters. Jackson in "Lord of the Rings" is one of the only movie directors in history not to totally stuff up a good novel.
I liked the film but the 1st book is much better than the movie.
All the characters in the novels are good and it's fast paced with no tedious tripe to fill out pages for lack of story. The writing is good in painting this new post apocalypse world. And the novels following no 1 do not drop off in quality and sell out to formula writing for dunces. So I give it 4 stars for this alone.
They probably won't make any more films of this series after the Director stuffed up the 1st one.
But I recommend the first 2 books to lovers of science fiction writing.
Then as is typical these days by half way into book 3 it all goes to rubbish.
The story line becomes illogical and the main characters start acting in completely inconsistent ways with confused motives. In a badly judged attempt to add more drama the author takes us on a absurd breakup between Hester and Tom. And their daughter Wren is a complete idiot who has to be rescued by Hester again. The crazy ingratitude of both Tom and Wren after Hester's saves their lives about 10 times each is annoying and completely stupid. Tom turns out to be a tedious fool. So I page flipped through to the last chapter of book 4 just to see how it ends up.
Books 1 and 2 are good imo but forget 3 & 4.
I like the unique setting but the characters were a bit bland, pacing a little slow, and the story was lacking a bit. Still I mostly enjoyed reading it.
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Seeing the film reminded me how much I had enjoyed the series, so I bought the boxed set to read again later. I like the film-related cover designs and presentation. After going through five sets of hands in the family, and I don't know how many friends, the original paperbacks fell to pieces, so I'm going to keep this set good.
Kind of disappointed actually. I bought these as a gift and hardcovers are a lot more classy than just plain paperbacks. Oh well, at least they come with the new cover art, which was the main goal.
The concept is great and the first 3rd to half of book was great because the concept was being explored. I guess that's why I ended up reading another book in between before I finished it.
I never uttered the "8 deadly words" but didn't feel any urge to buy the sequel
PS: 8DW = "I Don't Care What Happens To These People"
Set in a post apocalyptic world way before it was even fashionable to write about crumbling dystopian civilisation, the story follows a young boy with nothing to lose, who suddenly finds himself at the centre of a very dangerous political war full of flying cities and looming disaster on every horizon. The characters are all as complex as each other with their own tales to tell. No one passes who isn't vital to the story and everyone seems so authentic it's hard to believe they've been made up, they are so beautifully flawed.
A great start to the 4 part series and recommended to anyone who enjoys children's books that don't dumb down themes, to the ilk of Phillip Pullman and J K Rowling.