Review: Mortal Engines

Philip Reeve’s imaginative masterpiece was well worth the read. The action starts right away, and you never feel confused or lost in the story line, even though Reeves has to unpack a complex dystopian world in just a few opening pages.

Reeve’s authentic British voice is the perfect fit for this story, as it is set in future London, and his clever prose and breathtaking imagery quickly plunge you into the world without a second thought. Even though we are made to believe in preposterous things such as two thousand-foot tall cities that roll on wheels across the barren wastelands of destroy Europe, Reeve makes it so enticing that you willingly suspend disbelief and swallow every word.

I thought Reeves’ attention to character was very rewarding, especially by the end of the book, where the story ends in an unexpected and meaningful way. The main character, Tom Natsworthy, is a likeable guy from the very start and is dearly imperfect throughout the whole story. He grows so much over the course of the book, which is only natural considering the monumental events that transpire, and by the end of the story, I felt like I had learned as much as Tom did about human nature, love, and hope.

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