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A lot to live up to...,
This review is from: Predator's Gold (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.