Mortal Engines (Mass Market Paperback)
Once again, Philip Reeve is the master. In the future, a war has wiped out most resources and cities. The remaining cities have mobilized themselves on traction motors and roam around the wastelands collecting resources and the biggest city always wins. When a Historian’s apprentice and Archaeologist’s daughter find themselves on the outside of London, they must chase it down in order to stop the plans of a madman.
Added bonus: This book has one of the best chase sequences that I have ever read.
London is hunting
The great Traction City lumbers after a small town, eager to strip its prey of all assets and move on. Resources on the Great Hunting Ground that once was Europe are so limited that mobile cities must consume one another to survive, a practice known as Municipal Darwinism.
Tom, an apprentice in the Guild of Historians, saves his hero, Head Historian Thaddeus Valentine, from a murder attempt by the mysterious Hester Shaw -- only to find himself thrown from the city and stranded with Hester in the Out Country. As they struggle to follow the tracks of the city, the sinister plans of London's leaders begin to unfold ...