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Publisher's Note:

Return to the world of Mortal Engines in this new book of three short stories about the rebellious young aviatrix, Anna Fang, illustrated by Ian McQue. A key character in the Mortal Engines book and film, this is your chance to learn more of her past. Night Flights includes Traction City, the 2011 World Book Day Book by Philip Reeve. In a dangerous future world where gigantic, motorised cities att…

Overall Book Review:

As a prequel to the book series Mortal EnginesNight Flights is a set of three short stories about the adventures of aviatrix, Anna Fang, a character from Mortal Engines. This provides a backstory to the side character, Anna, but having not read the Mortal Engines Series, I found myself a bit lost. It seemed that one would likely need to read them first to fully appreciate this part of the story. That said, it is exactly the type of book that gives a little more detail to one of the side characters you often find yourself wanting to know more about. Anna is a force to be reckoned with and you will love her way of taking charge and dealing with things in her own way. Additionally, the premise behind the Mortal Engines story of cities eating other cities is a fascinating and unique one. This story was well written, suspenseful, and will be loved by fans of its sequel series. 

Review of a copy received from Publisher


Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  5mild obscenities. 

Violence/Gore:  Several (18) brief incidents including a story about men trying to break bird’s wings; character told to shoot another if certain thing occurs; verbal threats; character ordered to kill another; character thinking about how to kill another; implied murder; characters might drown or town might burn down; character has bearskin; reference to cities destroying other cities; men attacked and character killed; reference to dead daughter and wife; second-hand murder; reference to cutting off many character’s hands; reference to war; second-hand report of character bombing and sinking city; reference of sailor being lost at sea; second-hand report that towns die; character has scar on face; character knocked down; characters nearly attacked; fantasy characters killed; two incidents of people getting killed.

Sex/Nudity:  A few (2) brief incidents including a platonic kiss on the cheek; implication that married character cheated on spouse.

Mature Subject Matter:

Theft; war; murder; death.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Character drinks at a bar; references to drinking and drunks; characters add alcohol to tea while working.

Overall Book Rating
Profanity/Language
Rating:
2
10
Violence/Gore
Rating:
3
10
Sex/Nudity
Rating:
2
10

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An accountant and CPA by profession, I found myself a book reviewer for Squeaky Clean Reads by happenstance. When the opportunity came to transform that website into Compass Book Ratings, I was excited to seize it and meld my business background with my love of books. As the mother of three teenage sons, I have read a large number of children and young adult books and I believe that there is great value in a content review service. As much as we would love to read everything our children read, there just isn’t enough time. I also appreciate being able to select books for myself that are really worth my precious and limited reading time. I believe there is a book out there for everyone–they just have to find it!