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

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  5,930 Ratings  ·  257 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
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Published (first published September 19th 2003)
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Brooke Shirts
Mar 11, 2008 Brooke Shirts rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
The Book Queen
Feb 06, 2015 The Book Queen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
This was amazing. Just as great as Mortal Engines.
And then... BAM. WORST ENDING EVER. (view spoiler)
Aug 23, 2012 Sesana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
magnus hole
absolutely amazing. even better than the first but not as good as the 3rd and 4th. annoying characters,
heroic characters, selfish characters, disloyal characters, characters you hope won't die... this book has it all.
Cécile C.
Oct 02, 2013 Cécile C. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: steampunk
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
'Izzat Radzi
Dec 31, 2016 'Izzat Radzi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read half of the book the first day, then left the remaining till today.

Here the story continues, seeing the evergreen cliché of monarchy educational system. Perhaps it was only the author view, though I'm on his side yet a bit sceptical.

Was little bit put off by the love triangle, maybe that's how these stories can live on(?).

Though, another interesting part is the live and truth of an intellectual live, portrayed by the Professor. Worth to see how those outliers, alternative theorists can ac
Neil Coulter
Nov 13, 2014 Neil Coulter rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, steampunk

Book 1, Mortal Engines, was disappointing; Book 2 is worse. I sense that there is an interesting story happening in Reeve's steampunk world, but it's always just beyond the edges of the story he's actually telling. Somewhere in this world multiple factions plot against each other and a world war is beginning. But Predator's Gold isn't that story. It's the story of three underage minors--the bland hero, Tom; Hester, the ultra-violent girl with half a face; and Freya, the self-centered, fat ice pr

Sep 06, 2015 Alexandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 01, 2011 Doug rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
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
After nuclear war devastated the earth, the old ways of living became untenable. Now humans live in roving enclaves, preying on each other for scarce resources and the few remnants of ancient tech left over from the old world. Scrappy urchin Hester and trainee-historian Tom try to make a decent living flying cargo in their stolen airship until their imaginations are excited by an adventurer's tales of finding greenery in North America.

I love the characters in this series: Hester, who is pragmat
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.
McCallum Morgan
Jun 27, 2015 McCallum Morgan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is amazing. The characters are drawn so realistically and compelling. I love how they're tossed about by the whims of a cruel but fantastic world. They're not trying to stop some arch villain, which is refreshing, they're just trying to survive. The settings are beautifully written with wonderful details. Somehow Mr. Reeve paints his world vibrantly without burdening the narrative. I really really loved the bizarre plot line of Caul and Uncle. I could identify with Caul immediately bec ...more
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
Jul 26, 2011 Phoebe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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.
Apr 20, 2014 Fehiman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Yorumun aslı ve devamı Yorum Cadısı'nda.

İhanet Altını, her açıdan serinin ilk kitabından çok daha iyiydi. Bu gidişle Yürüyen Kentler serisi, favori serilerimden biri olacak. Bu muhteşem seriyi herkese, şiddetle tavsiye ediyorum :)
Jan 01, 2015 VeRMiNaaRD rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
İlk kitap daha hoştu ama bunu da fena bulmadım. Amca ve yitik oğlanları biraz heyecan katmış gibi. Üçüncü kitaba geçiyorum.
Jan 22, 2015 Ömer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Bu kitaba vlog yok, yorumu için blogaaa! :D
Donnie Randazzo
Jun 18, 2015 Donnie Randazzo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another cleverly written book by Philip Reeve, I have stopped reading all other book to read this entire series.
Ceren Ünlü
Jun 11, 2015 Ceren Ünlü rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Neden kötü adamların ismi hep Valantine olmak zorunda. =)
May 09, 2011 Marielle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
Could not finish this. Just couldn't stay interested.
Predator's Gold is the second book in Philip Reeve's Hungry City Chronicles, following Mortal Engines where we were first introduced to a world in which great traction cities stalk the land, preying on smaller or weaker cities.

We catch up with Hester and Tom two years after the MEDUSA blast that destroyed Tom's home city of London. Having taken the airship The Jenny Haniver as their own following the death of its badass previous owner, they've since eked out a life trading and travelling the sk
The second Hungry Cities book is the same sort of fun as the first, albeit with those dark moments of violence and horror (like horrible deaths, or people being unpleasant). It still follows Hester and Tom, but they’ve grown up a bit, and they have a place in the world as aviators. That is, until Pennyroyal comes aboard and spoils everything.

Realistic, and sad, is the portrayal of Hester being so afraid to lose Tom. She doesn’t believe anyone else will see past her scarred face to who she really
Paul Kater
Oct 20, 2016 Paul Kater rated it it was amazing
We meet up again with Tom Natsworthy and his girlfriend Hester Shaw as they fly their airship, the *Jenny Hanniver*, into new adventures. There are more moving cities, lots ice and plenty of surprises once they join the people on the city of Anchorage. Oh, there is also Professor Pennyroyal, one of the explorers Tomadmired in his days as an apprentice historian back in London.

This book had me say ‘No! No!’ a few times out loud… things looked to go very bad… but the end of the book made it worth
Sep 21, 2015 El-jorro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bookworm Speaks!

Predator’s Gold

by Phillip Reeve

Book 2 in the Predator Cities Series


The Story: With the great Traction City of London completely destroyed, Tom Natsworthy and Hester Shaw travel across the world, trading with other airships and adventuring on the exciting and exotic routes of the Bird Roads. When their little scrapyard aircraft, the Jenny Haniver, is pursued by rocket-firing gunships, the ice city of Anchorage offers them sanctuary. But as Tom and Hester soon discover, it is
Nov 08, 2016 Maxine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: work-related
I'm glad I didn't give up after reading book 1. This book felt more developed and cohesive.
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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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The Hungry City Chronicles (4 books)
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“Uncle knows best.
-All the Lost Boys”
“the Jenny Haniver was repaired. He put his hand flat on the chart table and let the steady throb of Anchorage’s engines beat against his palm, and it felt like home. In a cheap hotel behind Wolverinehampton’s air-quay Widgery Blinkoe’s five wives turned five” 0 likes
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