Mortal Engines and Leviathan

Below is not a book trailer but Kenneth Branagh reading an extract from the novel, Mortal Engines. It would be a good way to introduce new students to the book (and the others from the series).

A few posts ago I wrote about opening lines. How about the first line in Mortal Engines? “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.”

This is a great YA novel and one that quite a lot of our students have enjoyed. Like the newly published Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld, this is a steampunk novel and it could be enjoyed by both younger and older readers.

It is a world where cities are built on axles or treads, the number of tiers the city has determines its place on the food chain, and London, even though it has been skulking in the wastelands, is high up there. One of the first cities to take to the treads, it has determined, like a shark, to keep moving, and to keep moving it needs to chase down prey — smaller cities and towns — and consume them. (Part of a  review by Cindy Lynn Speer on the SF Site)

And the Leviathan Trailer, created entirely from Keith Thompson’s art from the book. I am looking forward to reading this novel after buying it just the other day.


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