Book Review: Philip Reeve – A Darkling Plain

The last of the four Mortal Engines series, and it neatly wrapped up all of the loose ends from book three. Reviews for the first three books can be found here and here.


Once again I don’t want to write too much about what happens in the final book as it would give away what happens in books two and three. Suffice it to say all of the main characters are there, including Shrike, who was permanently killed by Tom in an earlier book, and has been resurrected (again), although with some quirks. Hester is there, as expected, and Tom and her paths cross over, missing each other at crucial junctions, as does their daughter.

I have really enjoyed all of the books in this series, and although they can be found in the ‘Young Adult’ section of a book shop, they are not in the least bit immature. The whole idea of a wasteland with huge moving cities hunting and devouring smaller cities fascinated me, and as soon as the film is released on DVD (or Netflix) I will make sure to watch it.

Films are rarely as good as the book, with the exception of The Shawshank Redemption, but with Peter Jackson involved in the production it could well be quite good. I missed it at the cinema so please don’t tell me if it is rubbish.

I have toyed with buying the Illustrated World of Mortal Engines, but however well everything has been imagined and drawn, it won’t look like how it all looked in my mind.

Final question is, should I read the other four books set in the same world?

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