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Mortal Engines What's Up With the Title?

By Philip Reeve

What's Up With the Title?

While the great traction city of London might not be alive in the same way a human is alive, it is a living entity. Just as cities today seem to live, grow, breathe, and die, so does London-on-wheels. This London has a Gut, it makes waste, and it's a little bit heartless... like a lot of people we know. It's "mortal" in the sense that it has to eat to survive.