This was just as compelling to read as the first one to be honest, it was just as fast, fun and fantastic. One interesting thing I will add is that for a while the meaning of the title will appear obvious to you but then when you read on it changes drastically. This series is a definable for older readers but for those younger ones it's a no no no question...! '
Punchy, exciting, glamorous and whats more: You'll completely wish it was true!' Daily Express
Philip Reeve is highly acclaimed for his book, Mortal Engines which is a futuristic steam-punk book with moving cities and flying airships. This book is much the same however it takes place on the ground which is obviously less exciting, it also takes place in London, unlike Mortal Engines. The book is set before Reeve's first steam-punk novel and is supposed to link to events in Mortal Engines however I can't see too many of these links and the only real one is at the end. (and it's not that great to be honest) The book seems to be quite historical because it seems as though we are in the past, but we are actually in the future which is a bit surreal and strange. Reading about carts being pulled around London and archaeologists trying to use 'old tech', things like vacuum cleaners for example is just plain weird.
The story often seems to have no real destination and somethings in the book are made out to be a bigger deal than they actually are, for example…
This was a little of a disappointment in some ways, the ending chapters were a bit confusing but that didn't stop the read from being utterly compelling in every way!
I would say that a different ending would have worked well but the starting potential of the book maybe created a sense that the read would be ore than it was...
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This book is very unique and is written in an unusual but fun way. It follows the story of a girl called Sophie who really wants to know what her true identity is and what her story began like. The book is written from Sophie's perspective, however, the book is written in code which makes the story extra interesting and very engaging for the reader. Working out some of the more difficult words is actually quite fun and it does make the entire reading experience more interactive and also better as a whole.
I think that the book is very good although it can be fairly confusing to being with and at first you often ask questions that only get answered later on in the novel because unlike some books where you see the story from the outside, and therefore are privy to information before it is passed on to the main characters, you follow Sophie and get to know the facts when she does.
8 / 10 A good mysterious, unique, fun and very Belgian book. Add your thoughts in the comments if yo…