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London is a city on wheels – a future city like you’ve never known before. In the terrible aftermath of the Sixty Minute War, cities which survived the apocalypse became predators, chasing and feeding on smaller towns. Now London is hunting its prey, getting ready to feed. But as the chase begins, Tom uncovers a secret – a secret full of deadly consequences. Soon he is plunged into a world of sinister enemies and stalking robotic killers, fighting to stop the detonation of a weapon that will tear his universe apart… Moving from the relentless city of London to the wastelands of the Great Hunting Ground, and taking you for the first time into Philip Reeve’s violent steampunk future, this is a book to devour in one go, and then feed on again and again.

Winner of the Nestle Gold Award and the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award.

“Reeve has managed to marry the hugeness of his imagination with an utterly compelling and child-friendly storyline.” Anthony Horowitz

“This big, brave, brilliant book combines a thrilling adventure story with endless moral conundrums.” Guardian

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Marion Lloyd Books

Date published

June 7th, 2012

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  • 336 pages



Philip Reeve

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Philip Reeve was born and raised in Brighton, where he worked in a bookshop for years while also producing and directing a number of no-budget theatre projects.

Philip then began illustrating and has since provided cartoons and jokes for around forty books, including the best-selling Scholastic series Horrible Histories, as well as Murderous Maths and Dead Famous.

He’s been writing stories since he was five, but Mortal Engines was the first to be published. Mortal Engines defies easy categorisation. It is a gripping adventure story set in an inspired fantasy world, where moving cities trawl the globe. A magical and unique read, it immediately caught the attention of readers and reviewers and won several major awards. Three more Hungry Cities novels followed, and Philip’s latest project are the Fever Crumb books, prequels set centuries before the events of Mortal Engines.

Philip has also written Buster Bayliss, a series for younger readers, and stand alone novels including Here Lies Arthur, which won the Carnegie Medal.

Philip lives in Devon with his wife and son and his interests are walking, drawing, writing and reading.


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  1. Ben, Book Club Review Team
    on 8 January 2013

    One of the best sci-fi novels

    I absolutely loved this book. I love the concept of cities on wheels that eat each other- who knows this could happen in the future! Phillip Reeve is a great author and the fact that he wrote over 20 drafts of this book before the finalised version certainly shows in this great masterpiece! The start of the book is quite confusing as you don`t know about the background of many of the characters but throughout the book the story of the characters were gradually told-especially that of Mr Valentine and Hester Shaw. I definitely reccomend this book to all sci-fi lovers aged between 11-99- one of the best sci-fi novels I have read. I rate this book 9/10 because of great storyline and characters.

    5out of 5

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