It is October and you know what that means, its AUTUMN! Whoop, whoop! My favourite time of the year! I am so excited! I have already drunk so many PSL’s and eaten everything pumpkin! This is, hands down, the best time of year! But, lets step away from my exclamations of joy over autumn and get to today’s post, a book review! today it is all about Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve. Let’s do this!
Once again we have a book that I am not sure how I feel about. This seems to be happening a lot at the moment. I just have no real opinion about this book. like at all. I honestly don’t know how I feel about it….
This is one of those books that past me by the first time around. I had never seen it, heard of it or knew of it before about July when we got a copy of it in at the bookstore that I was working in at the time. And I was instantly intrigued by the cover. that evening I went home and looked it up and found out it was being made into a film and read the blurb but I wasn’t sold on it. I couldn’t decide if I wanted to get it or not. In august it went onto a 3 for 2 offer so I decided to just go for it and give it a try and so many people online seem to really love it….and I don’t know I feel about it.
I didn’t hate it. I really didn’t. I think that it is a really intriguing story. strange as hell, but intriguing. I just didn’t love it. i think part of what I didn’t like about it was how vague it was. particularly about its own backstory. Nothing got explained. None of its history or what happened to make this world. It just wasn’t really explained very well. we got a few little mentions and vague ideas about it but not a lot. It made it really confusing to read as you just didn’t have the slightest clue what was going on. it just made the story, not so much hard to follow, but hard to get into in the first place. If things had just been explained a little bit better.
I also felt like it read very young. This book is, supposedly, in the YA genre, although I have seen it in teen sections in book stores. But either way you get an idea of the intended audience. I found that this book read more like a middle grade, with YA themes, if the makes sense. The actually writing felt a bit juvenile. Like it was aimed at a middle grade audience, although some of the topics in it where definitely YA (disfigurement, murder, violence etc). this was also the problem that I had with the characters. they were all spouse to be around 15/16 but acted more like 12/13. Everything just felt very young. And it made it really difficult to connect to the story.
But I do think that there is a lot of potential in this story. this is a complex world, which clearly has a lot of backstory and a lot of potential for the future. If this story is done right, I think that it could be really, really good. I think I will probably pick up the second book, just to see if it reaches its potential slightly better. It doesn’t even need a lot of work to be better. Just age it up a bit, explore the backstory a bit more, intensify the world and story a bit. And boom, it could be amazing.
As you can see I do have very mixed feelings about this book. I didn’t hate it but I didn’t love it either. It was a very ‘meh’ book for me.
3 out of 5
And there we go. Have you read The Mortal Engines? Should I give the second book a go? I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon.