Predator's Gold (The Hungry City Chronicles #2)
And then... BAM. WORST ENDING EVER. (view spoiler)[why do they have to have a goddamn child?!?!? Children ruin everything! Why can't they just stay young forever and never have to grow old and become responsible.... aaaarrgghhh. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>
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
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
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
heroic characters, selfish characters, disloyal characters, characters you hope won't die... this book has it all.
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 ...more
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
Of course there are exceptions that prove the rule, and happily, ...more
I love the characters in this series: Hester, who is pragmat ...more
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
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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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
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...more
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 ...more
1. When the Stalker An ...more
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
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.
Railhead, published by Oxford Un ...more
Other Books in the Series
Share This Book
-All the Lost Boys”