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…

Review: The Kill Order [The Maze Runner Series Prequel #1]
All , Dystopian fiction , Sci-Fi / December 31, 2017

Title: The Kill Order Author: James Dashner Genre: Science Fiction Publication date: 2012 Summary: Before WICKED was formed, before the Glade was built, before Thomas entered the Maze, sun flares hit the earth and mankind fell to disease. Mark and Trina were there when it happened, and they survived. But surviving the sun flares was easy compared to what came next. Now a disease of rage and lunacy races across the eastern United States, and there’s something suspicious about its origin. Worse yet, it’s mutating, and all evidence suggests that it will bring humanity to its knees. Mark and Trina are convinced there’s a way to save those left living from descending into madness. And they’re determined to find it—if they can stay alive. Because in this new, devastated world, every life has a price. And to some, you’re worth more dead than alive    The Kill Order is the fourth book of the Maze Runner series by James Dashner, and the events inside take place thirteen years before the beginning of Book 1.    It follows a group of people have that are trying to survive in a world ravaged by solar flares, tsunamis and whatnot which turned the…

Review: The Death Cure [The Maze Runner Series #3] 5/5 (1)
All , Dystopian fiction , Sci-Fi / December 28, 2017

Title: The Death Cure Author: James Dashner Genre: Science Fiction Publication date: 2011 Summary: It’s the end of the line. WICKED has taken everything from Thomas: his life, his memories, and now his only friends — the Gladers. But it’s finally over. The trials are complete, after one final test. Will anyone survive? What WICKED doesn’t know is that Thomas remembers far more than they think. And it’s enough to prove that he can’t believe a word of what they say. The truth will be terrifying. Thomas beat the Maze. He survived the Scorch. He’ll risk anything to save his friends. But the truth might be what ends it all.  The time for lies is over.      The Death Cure is the third and final book of the James Dasher‘s series The Maze Runner. Unfortunately, I cannot say it was the best one. While it did maintain the quick pace and action-packed chapters there were a few things that kind of broke my heart. But we’ll get to that in a bit.      The Death Cure plot starts with Thomas who had been kept in isolation and finally released by the ‘Rat man’ – Assistant Director Janson.  Thomas and…

Review: The Scorch Trials [The Maze Runner Series #2]
All , Dystopian fiction , Sci-Fi / December 24, 2017

Title: The Scorch Trials Author: James Dashner Genre: Science Fiction Publication date: 2010 Summary: The Maze was only the beginning… Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end. No more puzzles. No more Variables. And no more running. Thomas was sure that escape meant he and the Gladers would get their lives back. But no one really knew what sort of life they were going back to. In the Maze, life was easy. They had food, and shelter, and safety… until Teresa triggered the end. In the world outside the Maze, however, the end was triggered long ago. Burned by sun flares and baked by a new, brutal climate, much of the earth is a wasteland. Government has disintegrated–and with it, order–and now Cranks, people covered in festering wounds and driven to murderous insanity by the infectious disease known as the Flare, roam the crumbling cities hunting for their next victim… and meal. The Gladers are far from done running. Instead of freedom, they find themselves faced with another trial. They must cross the Scorch, the most burned-out section of the world, and arrive at a safe haven in two weeks. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the…

Review: The Maze Runner [The Maze Runner Series #1]
All , Dystopian fiction , Sci-Fi / December 21, 2017

Title: The Maze Runner Author: James Dashner Genre: Science Fiction Publication date: 2009 Summary: When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade — a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls. Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift. Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up — the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers. Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.      The Maze Runner by James Dashner is hands down one of the best and most thrilling books (and series) I’ve ever read. Filled with action, increasing tension and an amazing…