he fifth of the Mortal Engines series, a YA franchise where, following the 60-second war, towns rebuilt on tracked platforms and chase each other, practicing “Urban Darwinism” by eating each other. And there’s airships and strange tech and interesting people, the usual. It’s a breezy-easy read, perfect for YAs and for reviewers who need to come up with a review a week to keep the blog fires burning.
About the book – this time its about Anna Fang, anti-tractionist terrorist, kick-ass air captain, and later a nasty cyborg that launches an all-out global war. But this is about young Anna, how she becomes a slave, why she hates mobile cities, how she escaped, some of her adventures, and eventually meeting Tom and Hester. So, it’s an interesting backfiller for you Mortal Engine fans. And as a plus, it has illustrations by Ian McQue, who did the beautiful artwork for the covers of the series. He really captures the mood of this tumbledown, well-used world well.
If you are looking for the series, look up Philip Reeve. The books are…
You’ll thank me. Your kids will thank me. But you don’t need kids to thank me. Just read them!