This is a fantastic series for readers who enjoy giving their imagination flight and reading about fantasy worlds that have links to our own world (like the Harry Potter series). It will also appeal to lovers of dystopian settings, steampunk, adventure and excitement.
What is very exciting is the news that Mortal Engines is to be made into a film – by none other than the amazing team behind The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films! Philip Reeve has information about this on his blog. So get reading whilst there is time – this is a series that needs to be read before watching it come to life on the big screen.
The Mortal Engines series is a quartet and the four books are Mortal Engines, Predator’s Gold, Infernal Devices and A Darkling Plain.
There is also a prequel (a trilogy) to the series – set one thousand years earlier and the books in the series are: Fever Crumb, A Web of Air and Scrivener’s Moon.
In Mortal Engines, we meet Tom who lives in a London of the future – a London that travels on wheels and eats other cities. The world as we know it has been destroyed, and items that are currently used every day are obsolete, misunderstood or destroyed. Tom meets Hester and together they set off on adventures in this fantastical yet familiar world. As the series progresses the pair encounter more excitement and adventure.
At the start of the series, it takes the reader a while to realise where and when the book is set. The series is extremely well written, with believable characters. An imaginative, different, fantastical and exciting series; this series is hugely enjoyable but also makes you stop and think.
The prequel does not need to be read before Mortal Engines. It follows the adventure of a girl called Fever Crumb, whilst also explaining the amazing world we then meet in Mortal Engines.