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A Darkling Plain (Mortal Engines Quartet) Paperback – 3 Sep 2015
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Praise for the Mortal Engines series
* "Exciting and visually descriptive." -- School Library Journal, starred review
"A page-turner, this adventure in a city-eat-city world will have readers eagerly suspending disbelief to follow the twists and turns of the imaginative plot." -- Booklist
"Big, brave, brilliant." -- Guardian (UK)
* "Reeve's [Mortal Engines Quartet] remains a landmark of visionary... imagination." -- School Library Journal, starred review
"Phenomenal . . . violent and romantic, action-packed and contemplative, funny and frightening." -- Sunday Times (UK)
Praise for the Mortal Engines series
*"Exciting and visually descriptive." --School Library Journal, starred review
"A page-turner, this adventure in a city-eat-city world will have readers eagerly suspending disbelief to follow the twists and turns of the imaginative plot." --Booklist
"Big, brave, brilliant." --Guardian (UK)
*"Reeve's [Mortal Engines Quartet] remains a landmark of visionary... imagination." --School Library Journal, starred review
"Phenomenal . . . violent and romantic, action-packed and contemplative, funny and frightening." --Sunday Times (UK)
--This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
From the Inside Flap
It's six months after the tumultuous events on Brighton, and Wren Natsworthy and her father Tom have taken to the skies in their airship, The Jenny Haniver. Wren is enjoying life as an aviatrix but Tom is troubled by matters of the heart - Hester's disappearance, and the old wound caused by Pennyroyal's bullet. Until a fluke encounter with a familiar face sets him thinking about the ruins of London and the possibility of going back...
Meanwhile the fragile truce between the Green Storm and the Traction Cities splinters and hostility breaks out again. Events are set on a collision course as things end where they began, with London... --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.See all Product description
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Top Customer Reviews
Philip Reeve rights beautifully and with a light touch: there are moments of really lovely and original descriptive writing here. The characters are complex and real, and you care a lot about what happens to them.
The story is cracking: it is very fast paced, and sometimes almost too exciting. It all takes place in a supremely well created world.
The final chapters are heartbreaking. I was really sad that the book had finished, but I will remember this book for a long time, and I think it will be read with pleasure by many people in this and future generations. A genuine classic.
Knowing that this was the last one, made me want to go slow and savour each line of Reeves's wonderful descriptions of the flying machines, the whole new Earth that he has imagined and the feelings of all the characters.
However this book is impossible to read slowly. Each chapter leads you deeper and deeper. It demands "just one more chapter and then I will sleep... maybe" until you find yourself looking at the clock, noticing that it's 3 AM, and then you just sigh and say to yourself "look, I need to know what happens to Hester/fischcakce/wren/pennyroyal/theo/Tom".
And you DO want to know what happens to all of them. Phillip Reeve has done some magical writing and it makes you want to know what happens next, and you also know how each one of the characters feel. The end is achingly sad, and hopeful at the same time.
Of course, you can't read this one first, go and buy "mortal Engines" and read the other three before this one.
The ending of the book/series is effective and neither mawkish nor contrived.
Overall highly recommended both individually and as a series.
If you haven't read Mortal Engines yet go to the beginning NOW and start. You are in for a treat!
wren and theo have much of the storyline, but hester and tom are also ever present, and lots of their history is tied up here. Shrike seems to be much more human in this one, but he was always going in that direction anyway, so it's not that surprising. anna/stalker fang is back with a vengeance, and she's intent on destroying green storm as well as the traction cities, after oenone zero's betrayal. pennyroyal is also here once again, but he does get his comeuppance...to a degree.
i can't say much more about this without revealing too much, but suffice to say you will not regret reading it, and if you haven't yet read the others in the series you should really do so. right now.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Extraordinary book, a stark, exciting end to a very creative series. I felt Reeve had the courage to go all the way with his characters and his themes, through a real roller... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Devon Nana
This book ends the series perfectly. Everything is tied up in an unexpected way that I didn't see coming but now seems just right.Published 4 months ago by Simon Roach
I don't usually write reviews, but after finishing this book I knew that I needed an excuse to talk about it. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Tommy
Excellent! Beautiful, adventurous and heartbreaking final novel in the Mortal Engines Quartet. Highly recommend!Published 11 months ago by June
Brilliant book. I bought it for my son, who is a huge fan of Phillip Reeve. I ordered 2 books together Infernal Devices and Darkling Plain. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Angharad
What makes a good book? Maybe if it has a good storyline, maybe if it's well written, maybe if it speaks to our own prejudices and preferences. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Steve
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