A Darkling Plain

A Darkling Plain

Book - 2006
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In the distant future, when cities move about and consume smaller towns, a fifteen-year-old apprentice is pushed out of London by the man he most admires and must seek answers in the perilous Out-Country, aided by one girl and the memory of another.
Publisher: London : Scholastic Press, 2006.
ISBN: 9780439949972
0439949971
Branch Call Number: J FIC REEV
Characteristics: 533 p. ; 22 cm.

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MankiratDhillon
Jul 06, 2013

A perfect ending to a perfect series.

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Kathleengee
Apr 28, 2013

MORTAL ENGINES QUARTET: book 3...
-PREQUEL:
1. Fever Crumb
2. A web of Air
3. Scrivener's Moon
- ORIGINAL 'PREDATOR CITIES' QUARTET:
1. Mortal Engines
2. Predator's Gold
3. Infernal Devices
4. Darkling Plain
- SHORT STORIES:
1. Traction City

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Tilda
Nov 09, 2010

I absolutely love this series. I think it transcends the category of young adult fiction and should be considered simply an absolutely excellent adventure series for any audience. The story that began with Tom Natsworthy and Hester Shaw in their mid-teens now continues with their teenage daughter, Wren, as a central figure in the narrative. The world they move through is post-apocalyptic and divided into great continent spanning swaths of territory controlled by the opposing forces of the behemoth, resource-hungry Traction Cities and the Anti-Tractionists who defend the remaining static communities. Reeve’s world combines the utilization of a myriad of re-purposed technology and resources with the found-object detritus of the utterly destroyed, previously existing civilization (ours). It’s complicated, impressively well constructed and vividly imagined.

As for the subject matter… Let’s just say that in this series, as in other adventure series, there are a lot of very intense hair-raising, death-defying adventures. Except in this series the world is a truly dangerous place and both the very good and the very bad actually die. People are also hurt very badly and don’t just get up and walk away following a short convalescence. People meet misfortune often through random bad luck and their deaths are sometimes ridiculous and abrupt. Principal characters display varying degrees of morality, not everyone gets what they deserve and sometimes people are so profoundly frightened that they need a change of pants. So be prepared for some complex and challenging content.

I can’t think of anything quite like this series. Reeve’s balances all the mayhem with great writing and pacing, genuine wit and some very adept references to literature and pop culture. I’m very much looking forward to reading the new prequel “Fever Crumb”.

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