This was a somewhat less awesome version of the first book. It’s still enjoyable, but it’s got less going on while repeating a very similar plot. The main difference is that this one is less self-contained and ends with things unresolved – it’s honestly a decent enough ending for a middle book rather than just abruptly cutting off once the author hit the page count requested, but there’s numerous things set up that haven’t gone through yet. (more…)
Tag: Mortal Engines
Writing-wise, this is a children’s book, not YA. It’s simple but quite serviceable writing and has a really gonzo setting. The characters are kind of simple, but are pretty good, particularly the part where the female ones exist. My biggest issue with it is it doesn’t spend enough time engaging with the setting and it gives the wrong amount of info about it, but it still does surprisingly well there.