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Review and Summary of the Novel “Mortal Engines”

Mortal Engines is a science fiction and a fantasy novel written by Philip Reeve. Published in 2001 by Scholastic UK, the author rose to fame by writing the Mortal Engines series. Setting the bar high of excellence, the author deserves the fame he received for writing such a beautiful and a captivating novel. He describes the futuristic world so vividly that it seems it is happening right then and there. This is the story of a post-apocalyptic world where the deadly machines are eating out the world along with the widespread food shortage because of a deadly game and their masterminds.

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Author: Philip Reeve

Genre: Science/ Fiction/ Dystopian

Pages: 293

Goodreads Rating: 3.81/5

My rating: 8.5/10

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Review and Summary of the Dystopian Novel “Mortal Engines”

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Set in a magically woven imaginative world, Mortal Engines depicts the future of the world through the eyes of the author, Philip Reeve. The story talks about a future Europe, in which cities have turned into mobile machines, involved in a world of survival. They ‘eat’ up smaller towns, using their metal and people as food for their engines.

The majestic city of London is running out of food, i.e. the numbers of small towns were dwindling. Therefore, it started looking at the eastern side of the world. To carry out this plan, the wall between the two sides needs to be broken. To achieve this unimaginable and destructive technology, similar to the nuclear technology of modern times named MESUDA was to be used.

Parallel to this scenario, the story of the main protagonist Tom Newsworthy, is being narrated. He is an orphaned apprentice Historian who due failed to do his job properly was sent to the ‘Gut’ of London as a sign of punishment. There he met Thaddeus Valentine, Senior Historian and his daughter Katherine.

As the course of events follows, there was a murder attempt on Valentine by a wild teenager Hester Shaw. She held Valentine responsible for her bloody past. But the assassination attempt was made unsuccessful by Tom. Soon tom befriends Hester and comes to know that Hester was telling the truth and Valentine was the real enemy who had evil plans to destroy other cities for London with the help of MEDUSA.

In the meantime, Katherine, who was Valentine’s daughter, started suspecting her father’s strange behaviour. She began investigating the cause behind this and was extremely shocked to know that her father was the mastermind of this devious game. She and her engineer friend then stopped her father to reach his ultimate goal. Embarking on new adventures with Hester in an attempt to save the city, they met new people along the way who became their allies and helped them get through the mishaps that awaited them at every exciting turn in the story.

Final thoughts on the Dystopian Novel “Mortal Engines”

An astounding piece of writing, the author, has produced a book full of imagination with a touch of Huma emotions and warmth, It is a completely absorbing and a thriller adventure for the readers of all ages. He has aptly described the social concepts of inequality of wealth, which can cause great losses for the whole society in general.

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