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Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

August 11, 2008

When I saw the premise for this book I knew I had to read it. London is a mobile city, and other cities are its prey. It moves around the countryside, hunting.

Mortal Engines is set in the far future, where the earth’s resources are depleted, oceans and seas dried out. Mobile cities prowl the wrecked landscape, hunting one another for precious resources. The city that stops moving, dies. Municipal Darwinism is the rule of the day.

One of London’s inhabitants finds himself cast out of the city after stumbling across a dangerous secret. Left behind the city with only a would-be assassin for company, he must come to terms with the truth about the world, and his beloved city’s place in it.

Mortal Engines is a YA book, but this 35 year-old found it thoroughly enjoyable.

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