Luke was staring toward the hills with a look of intense dismay on his face. “We’re
farther than I thought. It’s been such a long time….”
“Maybe if we found a bigger road,” Clary suggested, “we could hitchhike, or get a ride to
the city, or—”
“Clary. There are no cars in Idris.” Seeing her shocked expression, Luke laughed without
much amusement. “The wards foul up the machinery. Most technology doesn’t work here—
mobile phones, computers, the like. Alicante itself is lit—and powered—mostly by
“Oh,” Clary said in a small voice. “Well—about how far from the city are we?”
— City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
Chapter 2: The Demon Towers of Alicante
Oh, give me a damn break! I don’t care what anyone else says, Idris is straight up Hogwarts. In case, you didn’t know, I am a long time Harry Potter fan and I know Hogwarts when I see it. Now, this is a rip-off and I’m calling it as I see it. Expect, with Hogwarts technology consistently did not work throughout all of the Wizarding World and not just Hogwarts.
You can’t have it both ways Clare. You can’t have Clary, Alec, and Isabelle with cellphones, microwaves, and refrigerators and then make Idris completely technologically voids. In the Insitute, Jace and Alec have both used cellphones inside the Wards. Yet, Idris is both technologically and socially backward isolationist country who is rich with no exports or imports.
This makes no zero sense to me, and this proves yet again that Cassandra Clare just fucking sucks at World Building!