Mortal Engines

by Philip Reeve

Reading Age: 11+

Interest level: 11+

by Philip Reeve

London is on the move again: the traction city trawls the world on wheels, capturing and eating smaller towns. But when he is thrown off the city by his childhood hero Valentine, young hero Tom joins forces with the mysterious Hester, and is soon forced to reassess life as he knows it.


Set in a captivating futuristic landscape, this hugely imaginative story is a vivid blend of action, romance, mystery, crime and horror. Packed full of colourful characters and locations, it is a whirlwind adventure that challenges both Tom and the reader to rexamine their attitudes and preconceptions.


Publisher: Scholastic

About the author

  • Philip Reeve

    Philip Reeve was born and raised in Brighton, where he wrote his first story at the tender age of five about a spaceman called Spike and his dog Spook. He is a talented illustrator and writer, and he has illustrated several titles in the Horrible Histories series. Philip is best known for his multi award-winning Mortal Engines quartet, which won the Nestlé Children's Book Prize, the Blue Peter Book Award, and the Guardian Children's Book Award. Philip has also won the prestigious CILIP Carnegie Medal with Here Lies Arthur.


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I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish, as soon as I opened the cover I was hooked and couldn't wait to turn the page. This book contains interesting characters and heaps of description to make you fully immersed. I think this is the best book I've read as a 14 year old, and I can't wait to start the next one. Good job Philip Reeve.

Rating: 5 star
South Shields
30 April 2015

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