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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
When the story opens, Theo has returned to his family in Zagwa but cannot forget the kiss he shared with Wren. Tom is travelling the Bird Roads with his daughter, both keeping busy in their attempts to put behind them their break from Hester. At a trading post Tom spots a face he recognises from his time in London where he thought everyone had been killed by Medusa. With his health deteriorating Tom mulls the possibility of revisiting the wreck of his old home city.
The Green Swarm and the Traction Cities have embarked on an uneasy truce but there are many on both sides who are unhappy with this peaceful acceptance of alternative ways of life they have been raised to regard as detestable. Rogue elements are determined to quash their enemies by whatever means necessary. When Tom and Wren are chartered to take a wealthy young mayor-in-waiting, Wolf, on a reconnaisance flight to what is left of old London, they get caught up in violent intrigues where trust is scarce.
Hester has been reunited with Stalker Shrike and is travelling on a sandship, intent on not allowing herself to care for anyone again. When she encounters captive slaves, recognising them from her previous life, she becomes embroiled in rivalries from both sides of the war.Read more ›
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.
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 7 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 7 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 8 months ago by Tommy
Excellent! Beautiful, adventurous and heartbreaking final novel in the Mortal Engines Quartet. Highly recommend!Published 14 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 18 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 19 months ago by Steve
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