A couple of years ago I was asked to give a talk about air quality at at local Data Science Meet. They use the App Meetup to organise events, which I downloaded, although there hasn’t been another meeting for ages. Back to the App and I stated that I was interested in book clubs, so every few weeks I get a notification that the Post Apocalypse Book Club will be meeting in Manchester, and what book they will be discussing. I’ve never made any of their meetings as Manchester is a bit far to go to on a Tuesday night, but the book that they were due to discuss a couple of weeks ago caught my eye. As you might have guessed it was Mortal Engines.
Within a couple of pages I was hooked. The imaginary of cities moving around a desolate world, devouring smaller and weaker cities had me completely. Set far into the future after most of the world was destroyed in the 60-minute war, scavenging is a way of life for the nomadic cities. The book is mostly based upon London, a weary old city with a slightly unhinged mayor and a loyal archeologist, who might have found some ancient technology that could benefit old London.
I don’t want to give too much away, but as I said earlier, I was hooked big time. So much so that I have ordered the other three books in the quartet, and I am happily working my way through the second one. Book review to follow soon I’m sure. I will also have to look out for the film, which apparently was released last year.