MORTAL ENGINES launched Philip Reeve’s brilliantly-imagined creation, the world of the Traction Era, where mobile cities fight for survival in a post-apocalyptic future. Now, in time for the film debut, the critically acclaimed MORTAL ENGINES quartet is repackaged in a boxset with fantastic and eye-catching covers featuring new artwork.
I watched the fantastically ridiculous movie and figured that it had a number of cool ideas that I should check out the book series that the movie was based on. The first book was pretty verbatim what happened in the movie, so I moved onto the second book, it introduced more better aerial content, but still lacked a hook to keep me going. it was at this point that I gave up on the series for about a month, then picked it back up when I bought a couple other books that I figured I’d read after I finished this series.
I finished the series and while I didn’t hate it, it was always on the cusp of being uninteresting. The final book is thankfully the best of the four, with much more of the back history of the world that came before the traction cities starting roaming the hunting grounds.
If you happen to pick this up, be sure to get the version that has the index at the end of it, it has a timeline of things that I found incredibly interesting.