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November 2016 Book of the Month
In a nutshell: dazzling journeys into other worlds | Philip Reeve continues to turn us all into railheads in his glorious new sci-fi adventure. The follow up to Railhead, this is set in a gleaming future world where trains, great, beautiful sentient machines, travel from one world to the next. It’s a thrilling adventure and political thriller too, with a cast of young exiles, outsiders and rebels – petty thief Zen Starling, his friend the android Nova, ousted empress Threnody and the tough, disillusioned Chandni. Romance is never far away either, not least the romance of travelling on beyond the sunset. Full of scenes and images that bring you up short, and driven by an unstoppable plotline, this is epic, dazzling stuff.
There was nothing, and then there was a train. A train with two passengers: a petty thief from a dead-end town, and an android girl who could be more human than the rest of us. Join Zen and Nova as they find out what really lies beyond the end of the universe ...
Take a ride in Philip Reeve's incredible imagination as he returns with this stellar follow-up to Railhead.
Full of extraordinary beings and utterly real, complex characters, of thrills and thoughtful moments, this is a stunning step beyond the universe which will appeal to both sci-fi fans and foes alike.
A pleasing mix of the retro and futuristic, with an off-kilter love story at it's heart Financial Times
The quality of his writing will even charm readers reluctant to get n board with a sci-fi fantasy book Booktrust.org
For sheer power of imaginative world building Philip Reeve is hard to beat magicfictionsincepotter.co.uk
equally brilliant sequel Teach Reading and Writing
Thrilling, melancholic and philosophical all at the same time Financial Times
A colossal flight of imagination and an epic piece of story-telling Teaching English
|Publication date:||6th October 2016|
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press|
|Year Groups:||Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4|
|Topics:||Adventure Stories, Science Fiction|
Philip Reeve was our Guest Editor for June 2012. Click here to see his books and some that inspired him. Philip Reeve was born and raised in Brighton, where he worked in a bookshop for years while also producing and directing a number of no-budget theatre projects. Philip then began illustrating and has since provided cartoons and jokes for around forty books, including the best-selling Scholastic series Horrible Histories, as well as Murderous Maths and Dead Famous. He's been writing stories since he was five, but Mortal Engines was the first to be published. Mortal Engines defies easy categorisation. It is ...More About Philip Reeve