Mortal Engines

Mortal Engines - Philip Reeve

In a distant post-apocalyptic future, what’s left of humanity lives on mobile cities, traveling the wastelands of a devastated Earth. Resources are scarce and Municipal Darwinism rules the day, or in other words, “It’s a town eat town world.”


The world building is fantastic and the characters are complex. The story is part sci-fi, part steampunk, part revenge fantasy, part coming of age, part biting social commentary, part . . . Okay, there are a LOT of parts, but they all fit together really well, I promise.


The sudden POV skews and occasional (totally unnecessary and jarring) tense changes drove me batty, but overall I really enjoyed this and am looking forward to the sequels.