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Mortal Engines - Krieg der Städte

von Philip Reeve

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In the distant future, when cities move about and consume smaller towns, a fifteen-year-old apprentice is pushed out of London by the man he most admires and must seek answers in the perilous Out-Country, aided by one girl and the memory of another.
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    Leviathan - Die geheime Mission von Scott Westerfeld (Maid_Marian)
  2. 10
    Retribution Falls von Chris Wooding (Jannes)
    Jannes: Airships and high adventure in a post-apocalyptic and retrofuturistic word. Also, air pirates.
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    Artemis Fowl von Eoin Colfer (Jesh1721)
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    Mortal Engines - Jagd durchs Eis von Philip Reeve (joririchardson)
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    Schiffsdiebe von Paolo Bacigalupi (Rubbah)
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    Der goldene Kompass von Philip Pullman (passion4reading)
    passion4reading: Intelligent and thought-provoking children's/YA fiction with an unusual premise.
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    Wolkenpanther: Roman von Kenneth Oppel (Enyonam)
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    Worldshaker: Roman von Richard Harland (Maid_Marian)
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    The Teacher's Tales of Terror / Traction City von Chris Priestley (ed.pendragon)
    ed.pendragon: Traction City features a young Anna Fang, who subsequently has a major role to play in Mortal Engines and its sequels.
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I went into this book expecting something dark and gritty like The Hunger Games, and while dystopian, the feel of it was actually a bit closer to Treasure Island. A young boy gets caught up on an unexpected adventure with a mysterious girl, and as he unravels the mystery, he also becomes disillusioned with the city and the hero he so idolized.

I enjoyed the diversity of the characters, and that it was very fast paced and full of adventure. I’m pretty sure this series is labeled as YA, but outside of a few bloody bits at the end, it doesn’t contain anything I’d be concerned about my almost 11yr old reading. ( )
  Annrosenzweig | Oct 15, 2021 |

It was a dark, blustery afternoon in spring, and the city of London was chasing a small mining town across the dried-out bed of the old North Sea.

...

Soon the city was lumbering in pursuit, a moving mountain of metal that rose in seven tiers like the layers of a wedding cake, the lower levels wreathed in engine smoke, the villas of the rich gleaming white on the higher decks, and above it all the cross on top of St. Paul’s Cathedral glinting gold, two thousand feet above the ruined earth.


The strength of [b:Mortal Engines|287861|Mortal Engines (The Hungry City Chronicles, #1)|Philip Reeve|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1352173057s/287861.jpg|3981652] rests on the fantastic visuals of the world building: cities on wheels, roaming across the landscape, tearing one another apart for scrap. Nevermind that it doesn't really make a lick of sense... it's fun! (But seriously: it doesn't make sense.) That's one reason that I think/hope that the upcoming movie is going to be pretty fun, just so long as they go all out on those cities. Also... there are cyborg zombies for some reason?

Characterwise, I never really feel much for any of the main characters, other than a bit annoyed at Katherine. I get that she's young, but she's remarkably naive up until the very end of the book. I have some hopes she'll be better later. Tom... for a main character, I don't really like or dislike him. He's just there. My only real outstanding question by the end of the book: how in the world can he fly the airships?

Overall, I enjoyed the book well enough to read the sequels. Perhaps not immediately though? I am curious where in the world it can go from here...

“You aren't a hero and I'm not beautiful and we probably won't live happily ever after " she said. "But we're alive and together and we're going to be all right.”

( )
  jpv0 | Jul 21, 2021 |
The basic plot is that cities are mechanized and roam in wastelands seeking to devour each other. Tom is an orphan, but has managed to become an apprentice, but gets embroiled in foiling an assassination attempt on his idol, who it turns out has some skeletons in his closet. Tom and the assassin Hester get left behind, and have to get back to the mobile version of London. I found the characters to be pretty inconsistent. especially Tom. Hester and Anna were the best characters. I think the simplistic writing was also a deterrent for me, as well as the genesis of the great city-busting weapon, forged from materials discovered and stolen from Hester's mother. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
teen fiction. post post-apocalyptic adventure with airships (not really steampunk per se, but there are a lot of references to this series as such). I couldn't really get into this one (partially due to the fact that there was a loud TV in the waiting room and people talking all around) but I think I was hoping for something a bit more gripping. I kept getting bored during the alternate chapters where Katherine (Valentine's daughter) would poke around for clues but not find out very much. The chapters that followed Hester's and Tom's narrow escapes from various nefarious characters were better, especially when Grike entered the equation, but I just really couldn't get into it for the reasons mentioned above, and having gotten the general idea, just decided to move on to the rest of my stack of books. All the reviews for this series (and P.Reeve in general) have been great, so I expect that this is actually fairly solid, but personally I enjoyed Fever Crumb and Westerfeld's Leviathan series more. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
This book started with an intriguing sci-fi concept and interesting character development. As it approached the end, though, I continued to be disappointed by the lack of description or introspection. The author’s goal seemed to be to kill major characters in as dramatic a way as possible.

Great fiction has three parts:
1. What it’s saying
2. What it’s not saying
3. What the reader hears
and what gives a novel lasting value is that the three parts are in a dynamic balance that keeps the reader asking what it all meant (and what it means for him or her) long after the last page is turned.

This novel moved forward constantly in its action but there was no hidden layer. The sci-fi gimmick is what we are all here for—nothing more.

As a single instance, Tom arrives in Batmunkh Gompa and he doesn’t experience any kind of culture shock, estrangement, or lostness. He matter-of-factly goes to a taxi stand and makes his way around. The reader has no sense of what a wondrous feeling it must have been for Tom to see his first stationary city, which should be the most interesting point in that scene.

In my opinion, some take the genre “young adult” as a license for books that dwell in a materialistic worldview, have no symbols or rich hidden meaning, don’t hint at any bold new understanding of the universe—simply to eat and not be eaten is the raison d’etre, and that raison d’etre demands no description or introspection (and neither do young adult audiences, I guess?) so we can dispense with them. ( )
  Shockleyy | Jun 6, 2021 |
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