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Predator's Gold (The Hungry City Chronicles #2)

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  4,028 ratings  ·  188 reviews
Fleeing from extremist faction The Green Storm, Tom and Hester are left drifting in the frozen ice wastes, slowly dying of cold when the Jenny Haniver's engines fail. They are saved when they stumble upon Anchorage, a once-beautiful ice city. But Anchorage is crippled by plague, with barely fifty souls left upon her, and its teenage ruler has made a desperate choice. They...more
Kindle Edition, 346 pages
Published (first published September 19th 2003)
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Brooke Shirts
Who doesn't love dystopic visions of the future? Not I. Especially not one that involves giant cities on wheels -- that EAT each other. The concept of Municipal Darwinism never gets old, baby.

It's taken me forever to get around to the Hungry City Chronicles, of which this is the second. Tom and Hester, our heroes from the first book (read: the only characters left alive after the first book -- sheesh, Mortal Enginges has a bigger body count than Hamlet) are in trouble again. This time they've l...more
Sesana
Direct sequel to Mortal Engines. Two years after the destruction of London, Tom and Hester are still together, still flying Anna Fang's airship. In need of cash, they take on the drippingly unscrupulous Pennyroyal. One thing leads to another, and they end up stranded on the moving city of Anchorage, bound for a green America that only Pennyroyal has seen.

Much of the plot is driven by Hester's (as it turns out, reasonable) jealousies and suspicion that she'll lose Tom sooner or later. Freya, the...more
AH
4.5 Stars



Predator’s Gold is another solid book in Philip Reeve’s Hungry City Chronicles. The story of Tom and Hester continues two years after the events of Mortal Engines.

If you haven’t had a chance to read these books, you are definitely missing out on a truly fantastic read. Mr. Reeve creates an inventive world full of hungry cities that roam their “hunting grounds” eating up smaller cities, towns, and settlements. The author calls this process Municipal Darwinism.

Part of the allure of this s...more
Pamela
I was quite impressed with Reeve's first entry in the Hungry City Chronicles, and was really disappointed in this follow-up. It seems that pretty much most of the action is motivated by angsty teenage love. Again, the only really likeable character is Hester. Tom has, if it's even possible, become even more unsure of himself and more selfish. The two, aboard the now-deceased Anna Fang's airship, land (well, crash is more like it) on the city Anchorage after a mysterious encounter with powerful f...more
Matti Karjalainen
Aiemmin tänä vuonna lukemani Philip Reeven "Kävelevät koneet" -scifiromaani teki hillittömän vaikutuksen, ja sen seurauksena oli lukulistalle lisättävä myös kaikki jatko-osat.

Kaikesta huolimatta unsin oloni hieman hermostuneeksi tarttuessani "Kadotettuun mantereeseen" (Karisto, 2005). Sarjan avausosa olisi nimittäin toiminut myös erinomaisesti yksittäisenä teoksena kutkuttavan avoimeksi jäävine loppuineen. Tilannetta ei yhtään helpottanut se tosiseikka, että moni kirjasarja on lässähtänyt erino...more
Doug
Mortal Engines left me so eager for more that I scoured all three bookshops in the town we were staying in for a copy of the sequel, Predator's Gold, even though I suspected I was setting myself up for disappointment. Sequels aren't usually as good, perhaps particularly in genre fiction, in part because the critical balance between novelty and familiarity is inevitably different when revisiting established characters and situations.

Of course there are exceptions that prove the rule, and happily,...more
Jonathan
It seemed at the end of Mortal Engines that it was the end. Yet in spectacular fashion Philip Reeve reignites his world of city-eating cities and reanimated corpses to truly begin what concludes as a uniquely brilliant series.

This is a difficult novel to describe. Like any good sequel it brings back the elements of the first novel, adds in a few new ones, mixes them together, throws in a few twists and turns and ends on a note that makes you believe the series could very satisfyingly end there....more
Lara
Definitely a great adventure story. I think my favorite thing about this series is the fact that the characters are...well, messy. They feel real in that they make big mistakes sometimes, and then have to deal with the consequences, no matter how horrifying. And sometimes the consequences ARE horrifying. It's somewhat rare to see this sort of behavior in characters written for a teen audience; I really like it that Reeve hasn't made his characters or plots all neat and tidy so as to avoid offend...more
Tom Franklin
Mortal Engines, the first book in this series, was a non-stop thrill ride. Given the high body count and the way in which Reeve killed off so many major characters, it was going to be difficult to come up with a sequel. After all, there were so few characters left at the end of Mortal Engines, who could a sequel be about?

That sequel, Preditor's Gold, answers this question by being less about action and more about relationships. It's an very strange turn-around, with the plot hinging on jealousy...more
Phoebe
It's one thing to sympathise with a character because of his/her achievements and admirable qualities, and it's another thing to sympathise with a character because of his/her flaws and weaknesses. When it comes to Predator's Gold, there's definitely more of the second reaction than the first and that's what sets it apart. I still can't get over the fact that Tom's such an idealist but when in the presence of such a strong female character I guess it's necessary to achieve that balance. And, of...more
Joseph Law
This book carries on the narrative begun in "Mortal Engines," as we follow Hester and Tom in their post-apocalyptic world of traction cities versus the static city league. The great traction city London was destroyed in the last book as an effort to use a doomsday weapon against the statics was foiled and our two heroes were in the middle of it.
Now they've taken refuge in the traction city Anchorage which is headed for the dead continent, as America is now known.
But Hester is jealous of Tom's i...more
Mitchell
Predator's Gold picks up two years where Mortal Engines left off, with Tom And Hester having "sort of inherited" Anna Fang's airship the Jenny Haniver, making a living for themselves as cargo traders. The novel opens in the flying city of Airhaven, as Tom and Hester take on the famed adventurer Professor Nimrod Pennyroyal as a passenger - before being chased into the Arctic by agents of the Green Storm, a splinter group of the Anti-Traction League attempting to recover the Jenny Haniver. They es...more
Chris
This was an okay, but not remarkable, follow up to the first Hungry Cities book. I wouldn't have abandoned it, but it was my "read aloud to Mulzer before bed" book, and with a crazy toddler in our house, I'm finding much less time to read at bed-time to my adult partner than I used to. After renewing this at least a dozen times while it just sat, untouched, on the night stand, eventually someone else requested it, and it had to go back to the library, unfinished.
Philip Dickinson
Philip Reeve does it again! It's taken me a while to get to book #2 from book #1 but I'm so glad I did. This is a tale of rare inventiveness and an excellent sequel to 'Mortal Engines'.

Philip Reeve combines outrageous, often funny creativity with a dark brooding plot. The relationship between Tom, his trusting and ever-optimistic hero and Hester, the streetwise, desperately in-love heroine with low self esteem is at the centre of it all. The characters are lovingly crafted and more complex than...more
Sam Whitehouse
Philip Reeve is fast becoming one of my favourite authors thanks to this series. I read the first book, The Mortal Engines, and got swept up in the rich, unique world that Reeve created. And so i was eagerly awaiting reading the second book. I can't understand how I've never read these books before. They were published in 2003 and i'm only just getting round to reading them.
Continuing on two years after the end of the first book, where Tom and Hester escape the destroyed London and fled in an a...more
Fable
A nice follow up to the last book. A couple of years down the road and the pair seem to be happy now. A bit odd that it took this long for a few of events to unfold, and there are some unanswered questions, but a steady read. Despite some of the issues I have with it, the characters do react within their established personalities. Although like a lot of books, it would be nice to have a likeable female character to follow. The only two of interest in the first book were killed off and none of th...more
Dexter/Persy
I have some mixed feelings about this book.

The plot is very interesting, with lots of twists and turns that all somehow come back together. I suppose I fell a bit in love with Anchorage just like Tom, because I got very interested in the people and the city itself. By the end of the book, I was quite, quite pleased at how they'd all turned out.

I do like Hester, and I do like Tom. I even like Freya sometimes. But they all made me incredibly furious in this book. I just can't believe how stupid al...more
Candy Wood
"Jealousy, betrayal, and high adventure," the Sunday Times cover blurb says, and that pretty much sums it up. Judging by the beginning and end, it's a coming-of-age story of Freya, Margravine of the traction city Anchorage, but it also continues the story of Tom and Hester from Mortal Engines, two years later. Tom mostly maintains his innocence and kindness, while Hester learns much more about herself and her dark side. Professor Nimrod Beauregard Pennyroyal would be at home on one of Mark Twain...more
Marielle
Could not finish this. Just couldn't stay interested.
Stuart Taylor
This is the second Philip Reeve story I've enjoyed. Like 'Mortal Engines', it is set in a dystopian world where people live their lives on gigantic, city-sized vehicles (referred to as cities, suburbs) which roam the world and are sometimes 'eaten' by predator 'cities'.

This world order is opposed by the Anti-traction League...

The characters featured in Mortal Engines appear in Predator's Gold, and Tom and Hester's troubled adventures begin when they unexpectedly agree to give passage aboard the...more
Alex
Oct 05, 2009 Alex rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
The peaceful city of Anchorage is boldly plowing out into the ice fields. Inside, the young Ice Queen is determined to reach the home of their Ancestor's; America, the Dead Continent. But is it dead? Brave explorer Pennyroyal not only believes that there is life in America still, but also claims to have been to America and seen it in its lush splendor. TOm, who has been travelling the birdways with Hester for two years now, is amazed at this discovery. However dark forces are beggining to brew.....more
Cécile C.
Let's start with the good, because there's still a lot of good in there. Namely, the world-building. The idea of transforming cities into animals, preying on each other in a broken ecosystem that slowly moves on towards its doom is great, and quite elaborate. Predators, prey, scavengers and parasites compete together in a world that is marching towards its end, as Municipal Darwinism encourages a large-scale destruction of all available resources and brings back slavery and inhuman treatments of...more
Heather
In this sequel to Mortal Engines, Reeve follows Tom and Hester two years later, when their airship adventuring is disrupted by a crisis with the traction city Anchorage. While cities, stalkers, and charlatains all gear up for various wars, Tom and Hester have to make their own choices about loyalty and trust.

If you read the first book in the Hungry City Chronicles, you know all about Tom and Hester and also figured out that Reeve likes to pepper his wild adventure stories with a nod to grim real...more
Nicole
Book 2 of The Hungry City Chronicles.

Like "Mortal Engines", I did enjoy this book, but it was not thrilling or engaging. It wasn't terrible or anything; I think I just wasn't in the mood for it. But I finished it anyway. Two down and two to go.

Character updates: I still don't especially like Tom and Hestor, although they are more likable than they were in book 1. I think of the two, I like Hester more. A new and also annoying (and oddly familiar...) character appears in this book, named Professo...more
Rhys
This review was originally posted on ThirstforFiction.com

Two years have passed since London destroyed itself in the cataclysmic events of Mortal Engines. For Tom and Hester, two years of plenty; they have been carrying passengers and cargo to and from cities, and as well as prospering financially, their relationship has grown and matured. Then, out of the blue, they are chased by some airships belonging to the Green Storm, a dangerous new anti-tractionist group. The Jenny Hanniver has been made...more
Lady Knight
Yet another brilliant installment in the "Hungry City Chronicles"! I love this series! I gushed about it at length in my review of "Mortal Engines", so I won't do so again here. :)

Tom and Hester are back, and now after two and a half years as air traders trouble finds them. The Green Storm are a radical branch of the anti-tractionist league and are hell-bent on retrieving the Jenny Hanniver. They believe Tom and Hester are London agents who tricked their beloved Anna Fang and murdered her. While...more
Denise
Well I didn't see that coming.

The continuation of Tom and Hester's story was much better than I could have expected. They roam the airways as transport for hire carrying cargo and passengers, before encountering a rogue group of Anti-Tractionists, forcing them and their damaged ship to land on the remote traction-city of Anchorage. Little do they know when they land that the young, pretty (and fairly ignorant) margravine (nobility/leader) of Anchorage has them on course for the Dead Continent -...more
Beaulah Pragg
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Fiona
Predator's God is the sequel to Mortal Engines which I read last year. I'm starting to think that this is going to become one of my favourite series.

Once again we are following the story of Tom Natsworthy and Hester Shaw, two years after we left them behind in Mortal Engines. Reeve's world is both imaginative but totally believable.

It is set some thousands of years in the future, in a time where we have destroyed our natural world and people now exist on large monstrous moving cities and towns...more
Kevin C Steele
I started reading this series with the first book, "Mortal Engines". The peril of Tom and Hester's adventures grow, as their relationship deepens. Perhaps my favorite part of this book is the evolution of each character, especially Hester. Reeves does a brilliant job of creating characters with depth and shades of morality. He writes so well of the challenges and decisions we all might make and the consequences we, or others, might suffer. The first book was far more of an adventure and did a g...more
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Philip Reeve was born and raised in Brighton, where he worked in a bookshop for a number of years while also co-writing, producing and directing a number of no-budget theatre projects.

Philip then began illustrating and has since provided cartoons for around forty children's books, including the best-selling Horrible Histories, Murderous Maths and Dead Famous series.

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