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

4.08  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,386 Ratings  ·  243 Reviews
In this breathtaking sequel to his award-winning Mortal Engines, Reeve plunges readers into a ruthless and terrifyingly believable world where cities eat each other, betrayal is as common as ice, and loyalty offers the only chance for survival.
Published January 1st 2006 by Turtleback Books (first published September 19th 2003)
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The Book Queen
Apr 01, 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)
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
Sep 11, 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.
Sep 29, 2015 Alexandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
One of my 2016 reading goals was to finish as many book series that I've started in years past, as possible. The Hungry City Chronicles is one of those! I never finished it before not because I didn't like it, but I guess cause I forgot???

In any case, this series is probably one of THE BEST 'Steampunk' / Mad Max type series out there. Forget that it's a YA series, forget that you have to go to the kids section to read it, forget everything and just think about how much you loved Mad Max Fury Ro
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
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
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,
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.
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
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.
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
Ceren Ünlü
Jun 14, 2015 Ceren Ünlü rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Neden kötü adamların ismi hep Valantine olmak zorunda. =)
Jul 31, 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
Sean Chambers
The second book in "The Hungry City Chronicles" by Philip Reeve, it continues with the life of Tom Natsworthy and his enthralling adventures.

Tom's city now destroyed, he is left with only Hester and the Jenny Haniver. Adventuring for several years, life is well until Tom meets one of his favorite authors, Professor Pennyroyal. Around the same time, A splinter group of Anti-Traction League called the Green Storm learns of the presence of the Jenny Haniver, and believes Tom and Hester to have been
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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
Joseph Law
Jul 21, 2014 Joseph Law rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-13-25
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
Feb 27, 2014 Mitchell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
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.
Neil Coulter
Nov 17, 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

Dec 11, 2014 Scribe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wanted a good "serious-kids" romp and had this on the shelves for years - I read the first installment way too long ago and hoped I could jump into the second part quite easily. For the most part, this was true - but definitely helps to not leave it 5+ years between books.

Reeve is one of my favourite 'young adult' writers though - some parts were close to a little cliched, but you'd expect that given the audience. But these parts are far outweighed by the pace of the book, some pretty grim and a
Hester and Tom are living the good life, traveling the Bird Roads, making money doing transport, and generally being young and in love. Unfortunately, they're doing this in Anna Fang's (RIP) airship, the Jenny Haniver. After the Anti-Tractionists' northern fleet was destroyed (by Hester and Tom, think the A-T's), a schism has developed between those that only want to attack cities in defense and a more militant group, the Green Storm, that want to eradicate all cities, like now. Unfortunately, t ...more
May 20, 2016 Stfrnz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was freakin' awesome again, once you got through the loooong bitchin' part at the beginning. I could almost think that it would be a letdown after the amazing first book. But then it suddenly turns on and gets really exciting, with interesting characters and situations. Philip Reeve really knows how to create drama and action with deepness, being more than just a good pulp. Let me just list 3 of my favourite parts that perhaps explain what I mean better:

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Philip Dickinson
Sep 09, 2014 Philip Dickinson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-fiction
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
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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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“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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