Mothstorm: The Horror from Beyond Uranus Georgium Sidus! (Larklight Series #3)by Philip Reeve, David Wyatt
A sinister cloud has appeared on the edge of the solar system, and seems to be moving closer. The closest planet, Georgium Sidus, has but two human inhabitants: the missionary Reverand Cruet and his daughter Charity. Their last communication: ‘Great danger imperative that'And then nothing. Art, Myrtle and family decide to/i>
A sinister cloud has appeared on the edge of the solar system, and seems to be moving closer. The closest planet, Georgium Sidus, has but two human inhabitants: the missionary Reverand Cruet and his daughter Charity. Their last communication: ‘Great danger imperative that'And then nothing. Art, Myrtle and family decide to investigate whatever monstrous force of darkness was hiding within the cloud. But how could they know what mothy horrors lay in wait!? Because the evil they discover is far beyond anything their imaginations could concoct. Now, with the Empire in dire peril, it's up to Art (and his family, truth be told) to muster all their cunning and courage to try to Save It (again).
As the Mumby family gathers to celebrate Christmas at Larklight, their Earth-orbiting home, a dire message arrives alerting them of a "Great Danger" threatening the universe. The family sets off across the solar system to Georgium Sidus (aka Uranus) to find out what is wrong. So begins Art and Myrtle Mumby's latest space adventure. The danger turns out to be the Mothmaker, a malevolent Shaper or creator of planetary systems. It is determined to conquer the worlds, including Earth, created by another Shaper, Mrs. Mumby, and enslave the creatures, including humans, created by her. A series of exciting and entertaining episodes involving various characters and imaginative creatures leads up to a final confrontation between the Mothmaker and Art, Myrtle, and their companions at Balmoral Castle. While the story is told primarily from the point of view of Art, who is prone to use inflated language, Myrtle's diary entries are inserted throughout and include amusing commentary. The unlikely, somewhat awkward romance between the prim and proper Myrtle and Jack Havock is back on, much to Art's chagrin. Mothmaker is a clever blending of genres including science fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, and adventure with a liberal dash of British humor and style. One might describe it as a cross between science fiction, action movie, soap opera, and situation comedy. In sum, it's simply a jolly good read.-Jennifer D. Montgomery, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green
Meet the Author
PHILIP REEVE worked in a bookstore and produced and directed several plays before beginning a career as an illustrator and writer. His first novel, Mortal Engines, was shortlisted for the prestigious Whitbread Children's prize. Philip lives outside of London, England.
DAVID WYATT's illustrations have graced the books and covers of such authors as Terry Pratchett, Philip Pullman, Diana Wynne-Jones, and J.R.R. Tolkien. He live in Devon, England.
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