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 you can read the blurb and get a very false idea of how the novel is going to pan out. The blurb tells us that the story line is similar to Mortal Engines but when I look back at the blurb post-finishing the book I fail to see how it is completely relevant.
7/10 Not bad, what did you things? Comment below to tell me your thoughts...7