My rating: 4 of 5 stars
In the sequel to Mortal Engines, we find two years have passed and Tom and Hester are in love and traveling aboard their airship, the Jenny Haniver, which they had ‘inherited’ at the end of the previous novel.
Their simple life is interrupted when the Green Storm, a group that fights for static cities, discovers them and wants the airship of their comrade back. They crash on Anchorage, where Tom and the Magravaine Freya crush on each other, much to Hester’s dismay. Due to the scar that runs across her face Hester suffers from low self esteem and had just begun to feel confident in Tom’s feelings for her. She leaves as soon as the Jenny is fixed, leaving Tom behind.
This book is much funnier than the first. For example, Christopher Columbo is mentioned, the famous explorer detective. It is done is such a serious manner that makes it even more hilarious.
Themes: Love, betrayal, control, change, movement vs staying static, violence.
- Philip Reeve – Mortal Engines (fyreflybooks.wordpress.com)