Mortal Engines #1 De Rullende Byer
Title: Mortal Engines
Series: Mortal Engines Quartet#1
Author: Philip Reeve
Published in English: 2004
Dansk titel: De Rullende Byer
Dansk Udgivelsesår: 2018
Finished Reading: Marts 2020
Genre: Science Fiction, YA & Fantasy
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
It was a dark, blustery afternoon in spring, and the city of London was chasing a small mining town across the dried-out bed of the old North Sea.”
The great traction city London has been skulking in the hills to avoid the bigger, faster, hungrier cities loose in the Great Hunting Ground. But now, the sinister plans of Lord Mayor Mangus Crome can finally unfold.
Thaddeus Valentine, London’s Head Historian and adored famous archaeologist, and his lovely daughter, Katherine, are down in The Gut when the young assassin with the black scarf strikes toward his heart, saved by the quick intervention of Tom, a lowly third-class apprentice. Racing after the fleeing girl, Tom suddenly glimpses her hideous face: scarred from forehead to jaw, nose a smashed stump, a single eye glaring back at him. “Look at what your Valentine did to me!” she screams. “Ask him! Ask him what he did to Hester Shaw!” And with that she jumps down the waste chute to her death. Minutes later Tom finds himself tumbling down the same chute and stranded in the Out-Country, a sea of mud scored by the huge caterpillar tracks of cities like the one now steaming off over the horizon.
I saw the movie and hated it, thought maybe the book is better, but I was dead wrong, it’s worse than the movie. How is this possible? This one won a reward. So, they are handing out prizes to anything now.
The beginning is super boring and frankly I felt a bit confused at first, as to why London, the city of London was moving. It made sense later, but it was just confusing. Maybe it was because the writing was so bad.
It’s predictable and most of the characters are unlikable, there was one character that I liked, but we didn’t get to hear much about her, the rest of the characters were bland, unmemorable and generic. The author was aiming for the creation of drama at the ending of the book, but to be honest, he killed off the wrong characters.
The book feel unfinished, like something is missing, I know there’s four more books out there already, but still feels like we were left hanging, but then again, everyone does it now a days, the aim for earning money rather than pleasing it’s readers and fans with a good story.
If you’re young, this book may be for you, but as a grown up the book seems pointless, meaningless and rushed. Drama should come natural not being forced like in this case. If I hadn’t seen the movie, I’d think this was a script about to become one.