Mortal Engines, Hardback
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London is on the rampage again, pursuing a small mining town across the dried-up bed of the North Sea.

It's a quasi-Victorian futuristic world where cities prey on each other, recycle their parts and capture their inhabitants.

Tom embarks on a journey to return to the city that has abandoned him, accompanied by the cold and damaged Hester.

Shortlisted for the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson Education Limited
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  • Category: Technology
  • ISBN: 9780435130534


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The great Traction City lumbers after a small town, eager to strip its prey of all assets and move on. Resources on the Great Hunting Ground that once was Europe are so limited that mobile cities must consume one another to survive, a practice known as Municipal Darwinism.Tom, an apprentice in the Guild of Historians, saves his hero, Head Historian Thaddeus Valentine, from a murder attempt by the mysterious Hester Shaw -- only to find himself thrown from the city and stranded with Hester in the Out Country. As they struggle to follow the tracks of the city, the sinister plans of London's leaders begin to unfold. It is weird that "Tom" was a name that was in a book about flying machines.