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Mortal Engines Chapter 22

By Philip Reeve

Chapter 22


  • Grike is about to kill Tom and Hester again. The pirates shoot at him, but he brutally slaughters them. We're not sure whose blood is whose.
  • Tom does what he does best: runs. But he stops when he notices that Hester isn't behind him.
  • Grike tells Hester that he'll kill her, but it won't last forever: he'll take her back to London and they'll make her like him.
  • Hester's all like, sure, why not? But Tom won't let that happen: he sneaks up with a sword and impales Grike with it.
  • Then Tom's all like, I'm a hero! But Hester's all like, OMG you killed him! And Tom's all like, What?
  • So Hester yells at Tom that she hates him. Tom tells Hester she's rude and selfish. Being a hero isn't all it's cracked up to be.