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Predator's Gold (Mortal Engines Quartet) Paperback – 3 Sep 2015
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The residents of Anchorage tell stories of ghosts in the underbelly of the city and things are going missing from the houses and the palace and Freya takes the decision to move the city to the lost continent of America, where Pennyroyal has written of green areas surviving the Sixty Minute War. As an increasingly insecure Hester watches Tom and Freya draw closer together, Anchorage is sought by both the Green Storm and the city of Arkangel and Hester is driven to a desperate act that threatens everyone.
Reeves goes deeper into the emotional complexity of Hester in this book and in particular, her love for Tom, which is all consuming, not least because she believes it offers her a chance of redemption and her reaction to the threat posed by the selfish and naive Freya is a human one. Tom, by contrast, retains his naivety and if his attraction to Freya is dealt with a little too cursorily and his sudden irritation with Hester heart breaking, the desperation that drives his actions through the second half of the novel is all too believable.
The bitter Saytha returns, having resurrected Anna Fang into the Stalker Fang who she believes can lead all the Anti-Tractionists to victory against the cities. New characters are also introduced, notably the Lost Boys, burglars from the watery city of Grimsby who attach themselves to cities and use their spider cams to find things to steal. However Reeves loses none of his ruthlessness and his death count remains high, particularly towards the end when Hester's desperation brings bloody consequences.
The pace remains incredibly fast and the action unrelenting. It's a thoroughly enjoyable read from start to finish and I can't wait to read the next in this series.
When things seemed to be going well, unexpected problemes get into Tom and Hester's way.
Usually second parts are not so good as the first, because the author runs out of ideas or just relaxes because he counts on the reader's support. This is not the case: the characters become more complex and mature, and react like real people and even adults. The plot is a bit thinner than in Mortal Engines, but that can be that Municipal Darwinism is not such a surprise as in the first book.
And, also this is a good steam punk, post apocaliptic narrative, a good sci-fi narrative and a good social satire.
Worth your money.
I think it's aimed at the young adult teenage reader but really if you love fantasy, steam punk, science fiction , whatever you will love this.
It's simply a great story well told.
Part of a series of novels with prequels and sequels I will be well entertained for a while reading through them
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I really liked that ending tbh.
Super good read, good sequel to.
Super curious as to how that last thing plays out.
Pennyroyal will get some grief in the next instalment I trust.