Study Guide

Mortal Engines Chapter 8

By Philip Reeve

Chapter 8

The Trading Cluster

  • Tom wakes up from a dream about Katherine—yes, that girl he met once—and finds himself in a cage with Hester.
  • It seems that Orme Wreyland, the ignoble mayor of Speedwell, is going to sell the two kids as slaves at the trading cluster.
  • Tom manages to break open a small hole in the cage, and Hester kicks it open the rest of the way.
  • Unbeknownst to Hester and Tom, however, they're going to have bigger problems than a wimpy cage soon: Grike is hot on their trail.