Book Review: Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

287861A thoroughly enjoyable page-turner. Although it was slightly predictable in places, the confidence of the narrative voice completely made up for it. At times it reminded me of Star Wars, at other times, Stardust (by Neil Gaiman) and all the way through I kept thinking ‘This would make a great movie!’ I thought the main characters were interesting, likeable and well-rounded, and some of the writing was inspirational, especially the use of metaphor and simile in the descriptions of places and actions. As a story, it mesmerised me, exploring some big themes (such as love, terrorism/freedom fighting and environmental issues) without bashing me over the head with the author’s opinions. My children are too young for this book at the moment, but I will be keeping it so that I can pass it on to them when they’re ready. Oh … and I’ve ordered the other three books in the series. I know this are classified as YA (and there’s no way I could be described as young anymore), but I’ll never be too old for good writing and storytelling.

5/5 – It was amazing!

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