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Review: Larklight by Philip Reeve (Larklight #1)

Larklight: A Rousing Tale of Dauntless Pluck in the Farthest Reaches of Space Larklight: A Rousing Tale of Dauntless Pluck in the Farthest Reaches of Space by Philip Reeve (Larklight #1)


From the back of the book

It was just another normal morning in space when disaster struck.  My sister Myrtle (who is quite irritating, as girls generally are) and I faced the most awful peril, and we hadn’t even had breakfast…This is the story of what happened next, and our Dreadful and Terrifying adventure to save each other and the known Universe.

My rating: 5 out of 5

Bookshelf: yes

How I got it: Bought

 

Do you like space? What about pirates? Now, how about space pirates?  Yes?  You may want to check this out.

The story of Art and Mrytle Mumby takes place in an alternate universe Victorian England, and the British have taken to Space during Queen Victoria’s reign.  Art and Mrytle must escape from the clutches of their enemies, and team up to try and stop them.

The book is told mainly from Art’s point of view, so there’s some sister bashing that’s quite funny. I found Myrtle to be a little annoying, but then to Art, she would be.  It’s a very nicely done action/adventure story set in space. It was quite entertaining and the humor wasn’t as immature as one would think, especially coming from a young boy’s point of view.  I loved this book and it was very fun.  I think both kids (11+) and adults would enjoy this.

Larklight is the first book in the Mumby trilogy. It’s followed by Starcross and Mothstorm.

Philip Reeve has become one of my favorite authors. He’s also written the Hungry City Chronicles, which begins with Mortal Engines.