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"A Darkling Plain" by Philip Reeve (1 Viewer)


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This is the last book in the series that began with Mortal Engines. They're aimed at that elusive "young adult" audience, but I read the first one when I was 13 and just finished this one at age 17. I think the books matured as I did; they get a lot more serious as the series come to a conclusion.

The premise of the novels is so bizarre I won't bother explaining it, but siffice to say that it's an epic swashbuckling adventure set in a futuristic steampunk world. Normally that kind of adventurous story would be enough for me, but Reeve adds in a whole layer of moral complexity, romance and characters I actually came to care deeply about. It was the greatest series I ever read.

And when I finished this book, I cried. I didn't cry when my own grandfather died, but I cried at the end of this book.