I've started reading a series of books by Phillip Reeve that I've inherited from Foe.
With her new job producing science exhibits for kids and teenagers, we have a lot of 'books for young adults' in the house under the guise of research.
I finished the first in the series "Mortal Engines" yesterday.
I knew I was going to like it from the the first line… which pretty much pushed all the matt-buttons at once:
"It was a dark, blustery afternoon in spring, and the city of London was chasing a small mining town across the dried-out bed of the old North Sea."
They are pretty standard adventure stories I guess (the kids are orphans of righteous parents – heard that before anywhere?) but the imagination and detail invested in the setting is very enjoyable.
About to start the next one: "Predators Gold", in the hope that there's less of the familiar tropes of youth sci-fi/fantasy and more unfamiliar, fantastic settings…