It was only a week or two ago that I reviewed the first book in the Mortal Engines series by Philip Reeve (read the review here), but I have now finished the second and third books, Predator’s Gold and Infernal Devices, respectively.
Predator’s Gold starts off only a year or two after the end of Mortal Engines, with Tom and Nester flying the skies in their airship. We meet one of the oldest ice cities, traveling the northern routes which has been devastated by a plague and more recently by unexplained thefts and ghosts. Tom and Nester take on board an explorer called Pennyroyal, whose books are more fiction than fact. I don’t want to give too much away, but much like Mortal Engines this is another excellent book.
Infernal Devices is set 16 years after the end of Predator’s Gold, with Tom and Nester living a quiet life with their daughter Wren. Everything goes pear shaped when Wren is kidnapped and Tom and Nester try to rescue her, ending up on Brighton, a floating holiday city. Amazingly, Pennyroyal has landed on his feet and is the mayor.
I love the whole idea of vast cities on wheels, moving around the landscape, devouring smaller cities or suburbs. I sometimes struggle to take in the whole imagery, almost as if my mind isn’t able to cope with it. For that reason alone I would love these books, but the fact that they are well crafted as well makes the whole series brilliant.
As you might have guessed, I’ve already started the fourth and final book.