History Literature / MortalEngines

7th Nov '17 2:20:06 PM ThomasProofreader
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* MagnificentFlyingMachines: Airships of all shapes and sizes play a major role in the setting, and air travel is heavily romanticised. Air merchants ply the "Bird Roads" in their little tramp ships, seeing the world and having glamorous adventures; nations go to war with fighter-airships and {{Airborne Aircraft Carrier}}s; rich playboys may ride around their mansions in tiny couch-sized blimps. When the secrets of heavier-than-air flight are finally re-discovered later on in the series, all sorts of improbable ornithopters, autogyros, and other rickety flying machines are added into the mix.

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* MagnificentFlyingMachines: ThoseMagnificentFlyingMachines: Airships of all shapes and sizes play a major role in the setting, and air travel is heavily romanticised.romanticized. Air merchants ply the "Bird Roads" in their little tramp ships, seeing the world and having glamorous adventures; nations go to war with fighter-airships and {{Airborne Aircraft Carrier}}s; rich playboys may ride around their mansions in tiny couch-sized blimps. When the secrets of heavier-than-air flight are finally re-discovered later on in the series, all sorts of improbable ornithopters, autogyros, and other rickety flying machines are added into the mix.
9th Oct '17 7:33:38 PM JoeG
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* WickedPretentious: Chrysler Peavy is a pirate leader who began having delusions of being a respectable mayor after seizing control of the suburb Tunbridge Wheels and now plans to turn it into the world's first respectable pirate suburb... a task which he utterly fails at since none of his crew share any of his ambitions, and he himself is still a ruthless pirate at heart.
1st Oct '17 12:17:36 AM Theriocephalus
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Mortal Engines takes place in a post-post-post-post-post-apocalyptic UsedFuture. Nations no longer exist, except in the lands of the Anti-Traction League. Traction Cities - entire cities mounted on caterpillar tracks for mobility - are fiercely independent city-states, using giant jaws to devour one another for resources in a horribly unsustainable city-eat-city environment known as Municipal Darwinism: large cities eat small cities, small cities eat towns, towns eat suburbs, and everyone eats non-moving or "static" settlements. Trade is mostly accomplished by airship, though sometimes cities of roughly equal size (unable to devour each other) will stop to trade. Much of the AppliedPhlebotinum involves Old-Tech, ancient remains of lost civilisations ranging from statues of MickeyMouse ("animal-headed gods of lost America") to {{Lost Superweapon}}s.

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Mortal Engines takes place in a post-post-post-post-post-apocalyptic UsedFuture. Nations no longer exist, except in the lands of the Anti-Traction League. Traction Cities - -- entire cities mounted on caterpillar tracks for mobility - -- are fiercely independent city-states, using giant jaws to devour one another for resources in a horribly unsustainable city-eat-city environment known as Municipal Darwinism: large cities eat small cities, small cities eat towns, towns eat suburbs, and everyone eats non-moving or "static" settlements. Trade is mostly accomplished by airship, though sometimes cities of roughly equal size (unable to devour each other) will stop to trade. Much of the AppliedPhlebotinum involves Old-Tech, ancient remains of lost civilisations ranging from statues of MickeyMouse ("animal-headed gods of lost America") to {{Lost Superweapon}}s.



Something worth mentioning, given the amount of back-and-forth editing in the page history, is that the most prominent Stalker is named Shrike in most editions and Grike in the North American ones. For ThemeNaming reasons made clear in ''Fever Crumb'' - that is, all the Stalkers in his 'batch' were named after birds - 'Shrike' (a small predatory bird) makes considerably more sense than 'Grike' (a feature of limestone pavements).

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Something worth mentioning, given the amount of back-and-forth editing in the page history, is that the most prominent Stalker is named Shrike in most editions and Grike in the North American ones. For ThemeNaming reasons made clear in ''Fever Crumb'' - -- that is, all the Stalkers in his 'batch' "batch" were named after birds - -- 'Shrike' (a small predatory bird) makes considerably more sense than 'Grike' (a feature of limestone pavements).



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* {{And I Must Scream}}: Aspects of this in stalker technology. Individuals do not find rest in death, i.e. [[spoiler: Anna Fang / Kit Solent]], but instead are nightmarishly brought back to life through creepy old-tech (there are some gruesome descriptions of how this happens). What makes it eligible for this trope is [[spoiler: they often remember who they were, and quite possibly are unable to destroy themselves for various reasons - such as due to tinkering done to their brains. They must endure as half-preserved, monstrous killing-machines. ]]

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* {{And I Must Scream}}: AndIMustScream: Aspects of this in stalker technology. Individuals do not find rest in death, i.e. [[spoiler: Anna Fang / Kit Solent]], but instead are nightmarishly brought back to life through creepy old-tech (there are some gruesome descriptions of how this happens). What makes it eligible for this trope is [[spoiler: they often remember who they were, and quite possibly are unable to destroy themselves for various reasons - -- such as due to tinkering done to their brains. They must endure as half-preserved, monstrous killing-machines. ]]



* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: The Traction War cost untold numbers of lives, Tom and Hester are dead and Shrike is left bereft...but New London heralds the rise of a type of moving city that will no longer damage the world, Wren and Theo go on to make new lives for themselves, and Shrike, after hibernating for hundreds of years, wakes up to find the world green again and settles into his new role - and family - as a remembering machine.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: The Traction War cost untold numbers of lives, Tom and Hester are dead and Shrike is left bereft...but New London heralds the rise of a type of moving city that will no longer damage the world, Wren and Theo go on to make new lives for themselves, and Shrike, after hibernating for hundreds of years, wakes up to find the world green again and settles into his new role - -- and family - -- as a remembering machine.]]



** In a play, 'Niall Strong-Arm' is sent by 'Mad King Elvis of America' to the Moon, where the Moon Goddess, (Princess?) Diana falls in love with him.
** Reeve is just fond of this trope in general - "blog" is adopted as profanity in ''Fever Crumb''. And, of course, in the same book, the "Hari Potter" cult throw away gag.

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** In a play, 'Niall Strong-Arm' "Niall Strong-Arm" is sent by 'Mad "Mad King Elvis of America' America" to the Moon, where the Moon Goddess, (Princess?) Diana falls in love with him.
** Reeve is just fond of this trope in general - -- "blog" is adopted as profanity in ''Fever Crumb''. And, of course, in the same book, the "Hari Potter" cult throw away gag.



* IGaveMyWord: Once Crome and his people have learned all they can from Shrike, Crome could very well have had him dismantled, but he chooses to let Shrike go, and Shrike has faith that the Engineer will give him his 'heart's desire' - [[spoiler: which is to have Hester Resurrected into a Stalker.]]

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* IGaveMyWord: Once Crome and his people have learned all they can from Shrike, Crome could very well have had him dismantled, but he chooses to let Shrike go, and Shrike has faith that the Engineer will give him his 'heart's desire' - "heart's desire" -- [[spoiler: which is to have Hester Resurrected into a Stalker.]]
17th Jul '17 3:03:02 PM Astaroth
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* EcoTerrorist: The Green Storm, who toppled the considerably more peaceful Anti-Tractionist League and deploy {{Cyborg}}s and {{Suicide Attack}}s in their war to end the environmentally destructive policy of Municipal Darwinism. [[spoiler:Their leader, Stalker Fang, eventually hatches a plot to fire a KillSat to trigger a chain of dormant volcanoes, hoping that humanity will die off but life itself will survive and return the planet to its natural state]].

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* EcoTerrorist: The Green Storm, who toppled In the considerably more peaceful first book, the Anti-Tractionist League and deploy {{Cyborg}}s and {{Suicide Attack}}s in their war attempt to end the environmentally destructive policy of Municipal Darwinism. [[spoiler:Their Darwinism through acts of sabotage and the occasional assassination of prominent Tractionist leaders. In the later books the are deposed by the considerably more militant Green Storm, who wage all-out war against the Tractionist cities and deploy {{Cyborg}}s and {{Suicide Attack}}s as part of their war effort. [[spoiler:The Storm's leader, Stalker Fang, eventually hatches a plot to fire a KillSat to trigger a chain of dormant volcanoes, hoping that humanity will die off but life itself will survive and return the planet to its natural state]].
24th May '17 12:39:59 PM Xtifr
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* EcoTerrorist: The Green Storm, who toppled the considerably more peaceful Anti-Tractionist League and deploy {{Cyborg}}s and {{Suicide Attack}}s in their war to end the environmentally destructive policy of Municipal Darwinism. [[spoiler:Their leader, Stalker Fang, eventually hatches a plot to fire a KillSat to trigger a chain of dormant volcanoes, hoping that humanity will die off but life itself will survive and return the planet to its natural state]].
17th Mar '17 2:34:57 PM rmctagg09
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* RegionalRedecoration: During the Sixty Minute War, the Earth's geography was forever changed. South China was flooded, Antarctica de-frosted, seas moved around, pretty much everything north of New York City froze solid, and Central America ''ceased to exist.''
16th Mar '17 5:08:41 PM LaTriezieme
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* LaserGuidedKarma: Wavey Godshawk is the one who [[spoiler: turned Kit Solent into the Stalker Shrike. Years later, Shrike kills her by cutting her in half.]]

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* LaserGuidedKarma: Wavey Godshawk is the one who [[spoiler: turned Kit Solent into the Stalker Shrike. Years later, Shrike kills her by cutting her in half.]]]] Zigzagged somewhat in that she genuinely saw what she did as a high honor rather than horrifying.
13th Mar '17 12:55:53 PM Mr.Bubbles
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** Though humanity's back on its feet (15,000 or so years will do that for a civilization) the Sixty Minute War had such massive environmental effects and dumped so many nukes that south China was flooded, Antarctica de-frosted, seas moved around, pretty much everything north of New York City froze solid, Australia seems to have vanished (though WordOfGod says he just never got around to writing anything about it) and ''Panama ceased to exist.'' Not flooded, '' severed and destroyed.'' [[spoiler:''Scrivener's Moon'' reveals that it was wiped out in a series of directed asteroid strikes.]] Class 2, verging on a class 3a.

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** Though humanity's back on its feet (15,000 or so years will do that for a civilization) the Sixty Minute War had such massive environmental effects and dumped so many nukes that [[RegionalRedecoration south China was flooded, Antarctica de-frosted, seas moved around, pretty much everything north of New York City froze solid, Australia seems to have vanished vanished]] (though WordOfGod says he just never got around to writing anything about it) and ''Panama ''[[RegionalRedecoration Panama ceased to exist.'' ]]'' Not flooded, '' ''[[RegionalRedecoration severed and destroyed.'' ]]'' [[spoiler:''Scrivener's Moon'' reveals that it was wiped out in a series of directed asteroid strikes.]] Class 2, verging on a class 3a.
2nd Feb '17 6:56:58 PM KingClark
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** MEDUSA ([[spoiler: a giant laser weapon]]) and ODIN ([[spoiler: a {{KillSat}}]]).

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** MEDUSA ([[spoiler: a ([[spoiler:a giant laser weapon]]) and ODIN ([[spoiler: a ([[spoiler:a {{KillSat}}]]).
25th Nov '16 2:49:04 AM Malachi108
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Creator/PeterJackson and WETA Digital are currently working on a film adaptation of the first book, Mortal Engines, though the release date remains uncertain.

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Creator/PeterJackson and WETA Digital are currently working on a film adaptation of the first book, Mortal Engines, though the release date remains uncertain.
to be released in December 2018.
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