Study Guide

Mortal Engines Chapter 30

By Philip Reeve

Chapter 30

A Hero's Welcome

  • Valentine comes home and receives the warmest of welcomes from his daughter: "I wish you'd died in the mountains" (30.9). Yikes. He wasn't expecting that.
  • Katherine pressures him into telling her what really happened with Hester's family.
  • Not only does Valentine admit to killing Hester's parents, he also admits that he might have been Hester's father: that's right, Hester and Katherine might be half-sisters.
  • Valentine tells Katherine that he did it for her, so that she could have a groovy London lifestyle.
  • Frustrated at her father's lack of remorse, Katherine realizes she has to take matters into her own hands and stop MEDUSA herself.