Review: Infernal Devices [The Hungry City Chronicles, #3]
All , Dystopian fiction , Fantasy / December 25, 2018

Title: Infernal Devices Author: Philip Reeve Genre: Fantasy/ Steampunk/ Adventure Publication date: 2005 Summary: The mighty engines of Anchorage have been rusted and dead for years. The derelict city no longer roams the Ice Wastes, but has settled on the edge of the land that was once America. Tom Natsworthy and Hester Shaw are happy in the safety of a static settlement, but their daughter, Wren, is desperate for adventure. When a dangerously charming submarine pirate offers her a chance to escape, Wren doesn’t think twice about leaving her home and her parents behind. But the pirate wants something in return — Wren must steal the mysterious Tin Book. To do so will ignite a conflict that could tear the whole world apart.      Infernal Devices by Philip Reeve is the third book of the series and my favorite so far. Maybe it is because it takes place sixteen years later and we have a new cast of characters (more or less) or maybe because I grew to love this world and Philip Reeve just keeps expanding it and making it even more exciting. Either way, I am glad to have started the series and the fact that I read three…

Review: Predator’s Gold [The Hungry City Chronicles, #2]
All , Dystopian fiction , Fantasy / December 24, 2018

Title: Predator’s Gold Author: Philip Reeve Genre: Fantasy/ Steampunk/ Adventure Publication date: 2003 Summary: Fleeing from an Anti-Tractionist sect, the Green Storm, Tom and Hester are left drifting in the frozen Ice Wastes, slowly dying of cold after the Jenny Haniver’s engines have failed. They are saved at the last minute, finding Anchorage, a once-beautiful ice city that has fallen on hard times. Crippled by plague, there are barely fifty souls on Anchorage now, and the teenage margravine has made a desperate choice. They are heading for America, the Dead Continent.      Predator’s Gold is the second book of The Mortal Engines series by Philip Reeve and I have to admit, the story is growing on me. I am still blown by Reeve‘s imagination but contrary to what I expected, he raised the bar even higher with this book.     The story follows Hester and Tom two years after the destruction of London as they make their living on board Henny Hanniver, the aircraft that previously belonged to Anna Fang. Trying to stay clear from the other cities and the Anti-Traction league they find themselves chased by a extremist group that is part of the Anti-Traction league only to be saved…

Review: Mortal Engines [The Hungry City Chronicles, #1]
All , Dystopian fiction , Fantasy / December 23, 2018

Title: Mortal Engines Author: Philip Reeve Genre: Fantasy/ Steampunk/ Adventure Publication date: 2001 Summary: The great traction city London has been skulking in the hills to avoid the bigger, faster, hungrier cities loose in the Great Hunting Ground. But now, the sinister plans of Lord Mayor Mangus Crome can finally unfold. Thaddeus Valentine, London’s Head Historian and adored famous archaeologist, and his lovely daughter, Katherine, are down in The Gut when the young assassin with the black scarf strikes toward his heart, saved by the quick intervention of Tom, a lowly third-class apprentice. Racing after the fleeing girl, Tom suddenly glimpses her hideous face: scarred from forehead to jaw, nose a smashed stump, a single eye glaring back at him. “Look at what your Valentine did to me!” she screams. “Ask him! Ask him what he did to Hester Shaw!” And with that she jumps down the waste chute to her death. Minutes later Tom finds himself tumbling down the same chute and stranded in the Out-Country, a sea of mud scored by the huge caterpillar tracks of cities like the one now steaming off over the horizon. In a stunning literary debut, Philip Reeve has created a painful dangerous…