• Infernal Devices

  • Mortal Engines, Book 3
  • By: Philip Reeve
  • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (1,956 ratings)

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Infernal Devices

By: Philip Reeve
Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
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Publisher's summary

The third thrilling book in the stunning Predator Cities series!

The mighty engines of Anchorage have been rusted and dead for years. The derelict city no longer roams the Ice Wastes, but has settled on the edge of the land that was once America. Tom Natsworthy and Hester Shaw are happy in the safety of a static settlement, but their daughter, Wren, is desperate for adventure. When a dangerously charming submarine pirate offers her a chance to escape, Wren doesn't think twice about leaving her home and her parents behind. But the pirate wants something in return - Wren must steal the mysterious Tin Book. To do so will ignite a conflict that could tear the whole world apart.

©2005 Philip Reeve (P)2018 Scholastic Inc.

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Horrible in the best way

I mean in terms of the story being about complex broken people. Reader beware, this is not a story about saints doing good deeds and not all the good guys get to ride into the sunset. There is a bit of plot contrivance but otherwise the story is compelling, if dark.

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no longer a children's story.

When we are children we need childish things, when we grow up, we don't need those toys unless they grow with us. Tom and Hester have grown up and in doing so, make them so much more relatable. This story felt like time spent with flawed but cherished old friends.

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Slightly disappointing

Characters seem static and almost unrelatable. First in the series i was actually dissatisfied with.

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Rescue quest with twists

A quest which skips over how the landscape is traversed and focuses on the confused minds of all concerned. Audience must fill in a lot of details, too many for my liking. The third female protagonist is added, but her flip from rebellion to repentant prodigal seems hackneyed, whereas her mom's flip seems pathological. There are some gratuitous toss-ins, such as the silly book titles, Jane Austen quote, bikini jingle - none of which really embellish the story, There is room to ponder who is really programed, the robots or Hester, but while the plot has potential, the literary flourish of the narrative leaves me unimpressed. Book 2 was better. More positively, this middle book was not as boring as often happens in series.

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gripping

this series has really grabbed me. written with a great narrator. on to the next book.

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A fitting end to the Mortal Engine series!

A kind of believable alternative world adventure. Great consistent characters!
I’m hoping tho our world doesn’t get this bad but it could if you read enough current events.

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Written like a movie, not in a good way

Review is valid for the audiobook version. The print could feel different.

I'm 17 years or so late to the party and a late adopter in pop fiction. Simply feeling inspired to share.

People don't generally think or respond to one another in the ways the characters do. Cultures can be different, but in this storytelling style, each theatrical character arc seems inconsistent and universally juvenile - sometimes moreso the case for the adults.

To this end, the style seems to understand it's young audience well. A poorly developed driving force for Hester's (spoiler alert) predictable and lazily developed abandonment of Wren and Tom s a relevant such example. Lots of teens think their parents are spastic and distant.

Somehow, Tom hadn't matured in 16 years.

Wren was empathetic. The kids do think that way and she responded to her mom going quickly and violently nuts in a reasonable fashion.

Poor Fishcake -I guess to write heroes even you need villains - he could be a good one.

In general I figured Peter Jackson was more involved in investing in deep epics, so I read this cover to cover and was disappointed. I suppose this could be part of why the film saga failed after episode 1.

And I acknowledge this can be a sensitive topic, so I say it softly, to me the religious nod to Christian theology seemed more like audience apeasement and marketing line than the thoughtful exploration such a topic deserves, especially in the violent post apocalyptic genre.

I digress. Some people may like it. Zeppelins and submarines and floating cities are cool.

3/5 stars on a lazy sunny summer Sunday. Less in the winter. A bit like generic grocery store ice cream.

I won't pick up book 4 unless strictly necessary.

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Odd and Interesting

A good continuation of the story, filled with bizarre but evocative descriptions. And, of course, a little painful.

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Great story!

I am captivated by the characters. I love the story telling detail and the nuanced personality dynamics. I will finish the rest or these books!

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losing my interest

the first book was great, the second was alright but this one didn't keep my interest. it too forever to get through because it became predictable, boring and lacked the more complex character development of the first book.

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