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Predator Cities x 4 and The Traction Codex

Predator Cities x 4 and The Traction Codex [Kindle Edition]

Philip Reeve
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In a terrifying and brutal future world, cities are mounted on giant wheels. They hunt each other to the death. Cataclysmic wars and stalking robotic hunters are revisted in a stunning relaunch of one of the greatest post-apocalyptic adventure series ever written. All four installments of Philip Reeve's internationally bestselling quartet are now available as a single ebook, featuring exclusive bonus material - the previously unpublished THE TRACTION CODEX.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5756 KB
  • Publisher: Scholastic Fiction (7 Jun 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #82,499 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Philip Reeve is the creator of one of the most brilliantly inventive worlds in fantasy fiction. He won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize with his Mortal Engines series, as well as the Nestlé Book Prize - Gold Award and the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award. He has been short-listed for the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award and the WH Smith People's Choice Awards. Here Lies Arthur won the prestigious 2008 CILIP Carnegie Medal. 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 theatre projects. He is a talented illustrator and has provided cartoons for many books, including several titles in the Horrible Histories series, and the brilliant Urgum the Axeman books written by Kjartan Poskitt. Philip has been writing stories since he was five, and Mortal Engines was the first to be published.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Good value and great stories 17 Mar 2013
By LOB2000
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As a reader of the first book in the series in paperback form following an impulse charity shop purchase, I became hooked on Phillip Reeve's books and wanted to read more. I was thus extremely pleased to find all four volumes of the 'Predator Cities' series together in a bundle for Kindle, with the added bonus of the Traction Codex. Saved a fair bit on the individual prices with the added convenience of being on Kindle. Having re-read the first book I have now worked my way through and am just starting the fourth book. All the books are an excellent read that I find very difficult to put down; don't let anyone tell you they are just for kids! Great stuff!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Old Fav 31 July 2013
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I remember getting the first book in this series for free at my secondary school. Must have been 5 years or so ago, i loved the books then and i still love them now each time i start to read the books i cant put them down! A must read for anyone who enjoys books!

- Jon
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4.0 out of 5 stars Postapocalyptic steam-punk with highs and lows - aimed at young adults 4 Feb 2013
By SoulThief - Published on
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This quartet of novels is very good value in this one edition and I certainly recommend the purchase. The general premise is that in the distant future humanity has split between those who live upon gigantic moving cities and those who live in more conventional towns. The moving cities tend to prey upon each other for resources. The story arc follows the adventures of some key players in the subsequent war between the two ideologies/lifestyles. These key players include an apprentice historian, a fairly murderous orphan girl, an unscrupulous author, and some deadly cyborgs.

The strength of these novels is the author's ability to make the reader engage with the principal characters. I found myself really caring about what happened to them. This was just as well because the plot in places (especially the first fifty or so pages) requires an extraordinary amount of effort to maintain suspension of disbelief. What - a problem maintaining suspension of disbelief in a postapocalyptic steam punk novel! Surely not. No, it wasn't the premise or themes I struggled with. It's just that the author heavily relied upon luck and coincident to get his characters through certain episodes, which to me felt like cheating. And a little bit of thought usually suggested such coincidences unlikely.

The novels are all very 'clean' and well suited to teenagers and young adults. Their atmosphere reminds me of old adventuring 1950s and 1960s movies (the same type that the Indiana Jones movies emulated). Certainly they are fast paced and quite enjoyable. The characters evolve over the four novels in a manner I found quite satisfying.

All in all, very good. Well done Mr Reeve.
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