Mortal Engines. CBR Review #1.

Well, here we are... My first review for my first Cannonball Read. I've read (and loved) Pajiba for years, but never thought to actually do a CBR. But the time has come. Fingers crossed that I can actually read 52 books this year... And write and post reviews for all of them. Being an adult is hard...

My first book this year is Mortal Engines, the first book in The Hungry Cities series by Philip Reeve. Mortal Engines is a dystopian, steampunk YA novel set in a post-apocalyptic world where most cities have become movable and travel the earth "eating" each other to gain resources to support their populations and keep moving in a system referred to as Municipal Darwinism where the movable cities are referred to as Traction Cities. In this book, London is the principal Traction City we see, however, there are a number of other locations that are well-described and do a great job when it comes to world-building.

I decided to read this book after seeing the teaser trailer for Peter Jackson's upcoming adaptation. The trailer piqued my interest and I'm glad that it brought this book to my attention... 

"It was a dark, blustery afternoon in spring, and the city of London was chasing a small mining town across the dried-out bed of the old North Sea."

I mean, with an opening sentence like that, it's hard to not be immediately engaged. What follows is an interesting story with memorable characters and enough twists and turns that it doesn't feel completely cliched and "typical YA." 

Basically, if you like dystopian YA novels, this is a good one to try. Plus, the movie looks like it's going to be pretty great. Hopefully... I'm looking forward to continuing the book series as well.