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Mortal Engines (Mortal Engines, Book 1) (Paperback)

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This is book number 1 in the Mortal Engines series.

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On this post-apocalyptic Earth, cities were put on tracks long ago to avoid the tectonic activity brought about by the nuclear war that destroyed the Ancients. According to the philosophy of Municipal Darwinism, towns eat villages, cities eat towns, big cities eat little cities, and that’s the natural order of things. Tom is an apprentice Historian on London, an orphan who spends his days fantasizing about adventure and admiring Valentine, the head of the historian’s guild and an explorer who travels the globe looking for ancient relics and other treasures from the long lost civilization. What Tom doesn’t know is that Valentine is a cold-blooded murderer who is willing to do anything for the leader of London, the power-hungry head of the Guild of Engineers who has a radical plan to keep London eating forever. When Tom saves Valentine from an assassination attempt by a scar-faced girl with a mysterious past, he uncovers a conspiracy that will shatter everything he has ever known.

— David


The epic city-eat-city adventure is now a major motion picture produced by Peter Jackson!

"A breathtaking work of imagination, Hester Shaw is a heroine for the ages. The moment we finished reading this book we knew we wanted to make it into a movie." -- Producer Peter Jackson

* "Reeve's [Mortal Engines] remains a landmark of visionary imagination." -- School Library Journal, starred review

Now a major motion picture produced by Peter Jackson!

London is hunting again. Emerging from its hiding place in the hills, the great Traction City is chasing a terrified little town across the wastelands. Soon London will feed.

In the attack, Tom Natsworthy is flung from the speeding city with a murderous scar-faced girl. They must run for their lives through the wreckage -- and face a terrifying new weapon that threatens the future of the world.

Beloved storyteller Philip Reeve creates a brilliant new world in the Mortal Engines series, called "phenomenal... violent and romantic, action-packed and contemplative, funny and frightening" by the Sunday Times.

About the Author

Philip Reeve is the bestselling author of the Mortal Engines quartet, which is now a major motion picture, and the award-winning Fever Crumb series. His other books include the highly acclaimed Here Lies Arthur and No Such Thing As Dragons. He lives in England with his wife and son. Visit him online at

Praise For…

Praise for the Mortal Engines series:

* "Exciting and visually descriptive." -- School Library Journal, starred review

"A page-turner, this adventure in a city-eat-city world will have readers eagerly suspending disbelief to follow the twists and turns of the imaginative plot." -- Booklist

"Big, brave, brilliant." -- Guardian (UK)

* "Reeve's [Mortal Engines Quartet] remains a landmark of visionary... imagination." -- School Library Journal, starred review

"Phenomenal... violent and romantic, action-packed and contemplative, funny and frightening." -- Sunday Times (UK)

Product Details
ISBN: 9781338201123
ISBN-10: 1338201123
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: May 30th, 2017
Pages: 320
Language: English
Series: Mortal Engines