For various reasons Mortal Engines and its three sequels (orThe Predator Cities Quartet, as they are now collectively called) have been unavailable for the past couple of years in the U.S.A. During that time I’ve had lots of e-mails and facebook queries from American readers wondering how they can get their hands on them.
Now, at long last, I can give them an answer which doesn’t involve second hand copies or expensive imports, because in June 2012 Scholastic will be releasing these snazzily-jacketed new paperbacks:
There’s an interesting disjuncture between the first two and the last two covers (though maybe that’s a reflection of the books themselves). The first two echo the heavily decorative, steampunk-y covers of the US editions of Fever Crumb and A Web of Air, which is fine (the U.S Fever Crumb (right) is one of my favourite covers ever) but I think Infernal Devices and A Darkling Plain are a great new approach, full of atmosphere and detail, and hinting at the landscapes and action within. And I love the way that the symbols which David Wyatt designed for the Lost Boys and the Green Storm have found their way onto the Limpet’s nose and the controls of that flying machine…
I guess that, as books which are nearly ten years old, the Predator Cities Quartet may not be piled high on booksellers’ front tables, or widely advertised, but they should be available from bookstores and all the usual online sellers as of next week. Please spread the word!