* "Reeve's [Mortal Engines] remains a landmark of visionary imagination." -- School Library Journal, starred review
"A breathtaking work of imagination, Hester Shaw is a heroine for the ages. The moment we finished reading [Mortal Engines] we knew we wanted to make it into a movie." -- Producer Peter Jac ...more
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
Hello? Excuse me! Last book of the year coming through!
I really, really liked this one! The world is exciting and fun and crazy in a way I've never read before. All YA dystopian books feel like copy cats in varying degrees and levels these days but this is original stuff and it becomes wholly evident in this book especially. It's madness! Chases and betrayals, cheating and close-calls, things are happening all over the place. And the most satisfying thing is seeing it all coming together like cl...more
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 ...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
Anyway this book is although clearly from the work of the Mortal Engines - it has a slightly different feel to it, I guess not having to introduce to characters and the rather unique way the world runs makes things a little easier and yes the pace of the story a lot faster.
That said you can see how the relationship of ...more
Якщо перша частина нас познайомила лише з Лондоном, то тут у нас з гігантів виступає злісн ...more
Foi bom voltar a acompanhar Tom em mais uma aventura cheia de peripécias e reviravoltas. Reeve sabe bem criar uma aventura jovem adulta em que nada é previsível.
Creio ir ler o terceiro brevemente.
I'm not quite sure if Predator's Gold fell into the second book syndrome.. but it did have it's fair share of moments. I love the world building and all that jazz.. but the romance part of this book just threw me for a loop. I don't really understand the drunken kiss.. or why that girl thought she could replace my girl Hester in his mind.. but whatever - the kiss happened.
I love Tom and Hester, nothing will make me unlove them. But something was definitely o ...more
I went back and forth on my rating for this, but in the end I'm deciding on four stars simply because there were a lot of worldbuilding elements I really enjoyed in this book, even though I felt like the plot wasn't nearly as strong as the first one.
I really loved Mortal Engines when I read it, and maybe loving the first book so much had set my expectations for the second one a bit too high. While I re ...more
En este libro veremos a Tom y Hester en nuevas aventuras, en esta vez se encuentran con una ciudad “trineo” que deambula en el hielo y se envuelven en una serie de problemas.
Conoceremos nuevos personajes como Freya, Caul, El Tío y volverán varios personajes del primer libro, literalmente volverán jejeje
Divertido, entretenido y sigue la línea ...more
*La etiqueta "I-want-them-to-die" está dedicada con todo mi corazón a Tom y Hester la verdad. Que Caul se alce como nuevo protagonista, thanks.
I pushed forward with this book against my will because, I think, if I wouldn't have I would neve ...more
What I liked:
- I love the world Philip Reeve has created. It's so imaginative and unlike anything I've read before!
- There is so much action, as well as twists and turns, especially in the last third of the book, that it's super hard to put down. It was definitely a "I'll go to sleep after one more chapter..." kinda thing.
- It's also pretty exciting watching how everything comes together towards the end.
What I didn't like:
- Some of the decisions the main charac ...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
The beginning is slow as fuck, like a road trip that doesn't have a map, nor even a destination. Due to this the faults in characters was easier to see because they had to uphold the story for so long without motivation.
It's two and a half years after the events of the first book and Hester and Tom are going strong, madly in love it seems. Of course this ...more
Again i enjoyed this although not as much as the first.
The world building is fantastic and even though it seems quite technical and you would think it hard to picture moving and flying cities it works. The places really come alive and the setting really adds to the story. The locations also mirror the people who live there which is also great and not an easy thing to portray.
The characterizations let me down a bit in this one. Tom and Hester just seemed to move away from where they seemed ...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