Date finished: Saturday 27th May 2017

Format: Paperback

Pages: 373

First time reading?: Yes

From Goodreads: “The great traction city London has been skulking in the hills to avoid the bigger, faster, hungrier cities loose in the Great Hunting Ground. But now, the sinister plans of Lord Mayor Mangus Crome can finally unfold.”

I heard a little while back that they were making a movie of this book, and it’s been sat on the shelf since my husband and I moved in together around eight years ago, so figured now was maybe the time to pick it up and give it a whirl.

I’m a fan of dystopia; I really enjoy the world building that goes on in them. This book was quite a surprise: the world building was rich and well thought out. I know they’re making a live action movie but I think it’d make a cracking anime – especially if Studio Ghibli got their mitts on it.

My only criticism is I did occasionally find it to be a little bit disjointed – as though the flow of the narrative was missing some moments. I’m not sure if I just read too fast (I do do that sometimes) but I kept finding myself going back and reading over previous parts to check there wasn’t anything I’d missed.

The characters were well developed. It made a refreshing change for the protagonist of our dystopian world to be completely on side with the way things are, even though you know there are things inherently wrong with the world our characters are living in. So often the protagonist is the underdog, but Tom was just your average guy who happened to be thrown in the middle of this world.

I do believe this is the first in a series, and I’ll probably get around to reading the rest at some point in the future, especially if the movie does well and they plan future productions. I’m looking forward to seeing the cinematic translation when it’s done.

My rating: 7/10