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Predator Cities #2: Predator's Gold Paperback – Jun 2012

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; Reissue edition (Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780545222129
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545222129
  • ASIN: 0545222125
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 720,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Predator's Gold is the stunning sequel to the award-winning Mortal Engines and, incredibly, it is just as exciting and page-turning as its predecessor. Reeve's further stories of cities on wheels, flying over a ravaged future Earth are compelling--complete with characters that you care passionately for, action that leaves you lost for words and inventiveness that takes some beating.

Two years after their escape aboard the airship (the Jenny Haniver) at the end of Mortal Engines, Tom and Hester, now lovers, find themselves the twin objects of attention of a terrorist organisation called Green Storm. In the misguided belief that the grotesquely incomplete preserved body of their hero, Anna Fang, can be resurrected to ensure their anti-traction goals, they cite Tom and Hester as essential capture targets.

But when they take shelter aboard the once-magnificent city of Anchorage, after a bruising air battle with some of Green Storm's gun ships, Tom and Hester encounter a whole new set of problems. This prestigious ice city is heading disastrously towards America, the fabled Dead continent, under the guidance of the fraudulent explorer Pennyroyal. There is danger everywhere and the travellers must be careful to survive.

Sequels can sometimes disappoint, but the eagerly awaited Predator's Gold cannot be faulted. Reeve's exemplary novel has the depth to satisfy the most literary and demanding readers, and yet his story delivers enough verve and white-knuckle drama to keep the lighter readers well-served too. Neither is it a slight to describe this novel as full of old-fashioned adventure--because there is something reassuringly familiar about its accessibility. It has a whiff of the classic about it and that is certainly no bad thing. (Recommended for ages 10 and over.) --John McLay --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Nov. 2004
Format: Paperback
Mortal Engines was one of the best books that I have ever read but this was even better! Five stars is just not enough. I read this to my eight year old son, although it is actually teen fiction. He just couldn't get enough of it and would volunteer to go to bed early if I would read one chapter instead of two. Meanwhile my 13 year old daughter was waiting for her turn, and read it in a day.
I can't begin to outline the story line but if youv'e read Mortal Engines you will know about the strange future world in which it is set, where some cities are mobile and 'eat' other cities, recycling their building materials and enslaving the inhabitants. Pretators Gold introduces the characters of Caul (an Oliver Twist of the future)and Freya (the young orphaned ruler of Anchorage).
This is a rare modern adventure story that will appeal to girls as well as boys. With an non-soppy heroine who is not so strong that she doesn't let jealousy get the better of her. A hero who kills because he has to but has tremendous self doubt. And fantastical future world thought out in every detail.This far far more imaginative than Harry Potter. Buy it for everyone you know - adults as well as children.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ben on 22 Dec. 2003
Format: Hardcover
After resding and enjoying Philip Reeves' debut novel, the brilliant Mortal Engines, I was over the moon when I found that there was a sequel, but was slightly weary about being disappointed as it had so much to live up to. Thankfully Predators Gold is just as good and possibly even better, it's fantastical, clever and superbly written. Philip Reeves' narration and storytelling are wonderful and sometimes even quite moving.
The story starts with the two heroes from Mortal Engines, the brave and well mannered Lodon boy Tom Natsworthy and his fierce and hideously deformed friend Hester Shaw. Trouble starts when they pick up a tricky passenger by the name of Professor Pennyroyal, a respectable author who claims to have founded America. Things go from bad to worse as the ship (The Jenny Haniver) is shot at and is severely damaged. The crew, Hester, Tom and Pennyroyal escape on to a ruination of a city covered in ice and there they met the beautiful queen Frea. I won't tel you anymore because I don't want to spoil it! I will tell you that it includes betrayal, old enemies, kidnap, rescue, menacing machines, crooked gangs and some startling revelations. Predators Gold is a great book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Migratory on 30 Jan. 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is the first sequel to Mortal Engines, a marvellous book released a couple of years ago. It starts a few years later, with Tom and Hester in their late teens in the middle of a future where civilisation has destroyed itself and been rebuilt in the form of Municipal Darwinism - Traction Towns able to move, which devour each other when they get the chance.

In the last book Tom and Hester desperately tried to prevent people using one of the weapons that destroyed 'The Ancients' the first time around. The second book focuses on their involvement with a town and its people.

After a run in with the Green Storm - a splinter group of the anti-traction league - Tom, Hester and their passenger Prof Pennyroyal land on Anchorage, a town accustomed to roaming the frozen north, and recently hit by a catastrophic plague. The Margravine (mayoress) has decided to take her town to the supposedly dead continent of America, believing rumours that there may well be a chance of survival there.

Needless to say there are plenty of adventures in this book, including the 'Predator's Gold' of the title. This is actually a bounty paid by the city of Arkangel for the co-ordinates of smaller towns and cities for it to eat. There's also a nicely inventive subplot which starts with things mysteriously disappearing.

This is a great book. The plot doesn't quite match Mortal Engines for tension, and the supporting characters don't seize the imagination in the same way that Valentine et al did the first time round, but this is still a book full of marvellous ideas. It could stand alone, but the reader would lose some of the depth.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chrestomanci VINE VOICE on 21 Feb. 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is a worthy sequel to the wonderful Mortal Engines and I would recommend any young reader who has not read Mr Reeve's previous novel, to do so first; a familiarity with the characters will deepen your enjoyment of this story.
As before, the imaginary futuristic world created for us is incredible, impossible, yet strangely believable. However, I feel the most fascinating aspect of the book is its characters. What I really like about practically all the characters is that they are never stereotypically good or bad. Like real people, they are multi-faceted - never "picture perfect" or "beautiful people". Seemingly good guys may have shocking flaws in their character and show lapses of judgement; apparently bad individuals may surprise us with redeeming features or perhaps when we learn their true motives or past history, we no longer view them in the same light. This insightful portrayal of characters is a valuable and thought-provoking idea for the younger reader to ponder. In real life, first impressions are frequently wrong. Good people aren't always entirely good; bad people aren't always thoroughly bad.
The plot grips to the very end. A thoroughly enjoyable read! However, I miss Valentine, the evil yet charming villain from the first book. His feeble replacement lacks his charisma!
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