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Predator's Gold (The Hungry City Chronicles) Hardcover – September 14, 2004

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  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1020L (What's this?)
  • Series: The Hungry City Chronicles
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; First Edition edition (September 14, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060721936
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060721930
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,470,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 7 Up–The intrepid survivors of Mortal Engines (HarperCollins, 2003) find themselves in another thrilling, action-packed adventure. In this "town-eat-town" futuristic world, cities on wheels continue to overpower and devour smaller or weaker cities. Tom and Hester are persuaded to take Pennyroyal, a renowned explorer and adventurer, aboard their airship as a passenger. When they are pursued and fired upon by Green Storm fighter airships bent on destroying all traction cities and city people, the teens are forced to land on Anchorage, a traction city in the Ice Wastes region. This once-wealthy city is now sparsely populated since the majority of its inhabitants have died of the plague. Freya, the last of the royal family line, is the unlikely ruler, a petulant girl of 16. She believes Pennyroyal's tales of having seen green, fertile areas in the otherwise "Dead Continent" of America and rashly decides that her traction city will go there. Hester's jealousy of Tom's infatuation for Freya's plump prettiness compels her to commit an act of betrayal that sets a series of events in motion that includes murder, intrigue, revenge, daring rescues, kidnapping, torture, "lost boys," and resurrection of the dead. This exciting and compelling novel unfolds at breakneck speed with abundant plots and characters but readers won't have any trouble following along. It has more humor and fewer deaths than its predecessor but the characters continue to find themselves in moral quagmires. Events from Mortal Engines are referred to frequently, and although it's not essential to have read it first, it's recommended.–Sharon Rawlins, Piscataway Public Library, NJ
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Gr. 7-10. Reeve ratchets up the action and the violence in the sequel to Mortal Engines (2003) as Tom and Hester, now in possession of the airship Jenny Haniver, which once belonged to an agent of the Anti-Traction League, find themselves being pursued by League forces. Scrambling to escape, they head north and land on the city of Anchorage, a small, nonpredator city that traces its name back to old America. Anchorage's young ruler has decided that the wheeled city will make its way over the frozen wastes back to the Dead Continent, and the vicious predator city Arkangel is following along right behind. Add to that a gang of Lost Boys, recruited and trained to infiltrate and burgle cities while its leader, Uncle, foments more nefarious plans. Despite Reeve's frequent flipping back and forth to tell the stories of various characters, this vividly told novel, the second in the Hungry City Chronicles, is still easy to follow; it's also gripping enough to leave readers anxious to find out what's to come. Sally Estes
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. M. Fisher TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 11, 2006
Format: Paperback
It had been a while since I'd read Philip Reeve's first installment in the "Hungry Cities" quartet, and so my memories of the events that happened in "Mortal Engines" were a little hazy. However, nothing could make me forget the imaginative post-apocalyptic world that Reeve had created, in which massive Traction-Cities trundled across the wastelands according to the laws of Municipal Darwinism; eating any smaller city that crossed their paths. There was a massive death-toll by the end of the book, in which many of the principal characters had been killed (to the point of desensitisation), but our protagonists Tom and Hester managed to ride off into the sunset in the battered old airship "Jenny Haniver".

"Predator's Gold" is set several years later, where we find that Tom and the horribly-scarred Hester are still together, taking on passengers and cargo to make a living. One such passenger is Professor Pennyroyal, a pompous explorer and adventurer with a penance for stretching the truth (think Gilderoy Lockhart) who join the couple as they flee to the Ice Wastes and are saved by the Traction City of Anchorage. The city is ruled over by the young Freya Rasmussen who makes a radical decision to return to the Dead Continent in the hopes of escaping the dual threats of both predatory Traction Cities and the Anti-Traction League.

Unbeknownst to her, her city is being discreetly ransacked by a trio of `Lost Boys' who answer to the mysterious thief-lord Uncle (who as another reviewer pointed out, deliberately bears less resemblance to the carefree boys of "Peter Pan" than to the wretches of "Oliver Twist" under the tyranny of Fagin) a man who has his own game to play in the rising tensions.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Teen Reads on December 10, 2004
Format: Hardcover
PREDATOR'S GOLD is the second book in the Hungry City Chronicles, an action-packed series set in a "city-eat-city" world. Philip Reeve introduced "Municipal Darwinism" in his first book MORTAL ENGINES, in which traction cities roll about the earth looking for smaller, weaker cities to devour. He also introduced the series' protagonists: Hester, a scavenger who has lived her life largely outside the bounds of the enormous rolling cities, and Tom, an apprentice historian.

PREDATOR'S GOLD follows the continuing adventures of Hester and Tom, who have taken charge of the Jenny Haniver, an airship belonging to legendary aeronaut Anna Fang. They have spent the past few years traveling the "birdroads," taking on passengers and cargo to earn their living.

Their peace is short-lived when a new, radical wing of the Anti-Traction League (a rebel group dedicated to the idea that cities should become stationary again) tries to reclaim the airship for their own uses. Shot down and desperately in need of repairs, Hester and Tom land on the sparsely populated city of Anchorage, which is under the new leadership of Freya, a spoiled margravine whose parents died in an engineered plague. Freya, enamored of the tales of a lush, green paradise, as reported in the preposterous books of Prof. Pennyroyal, has directed her city towards the Dead Continent, across the uncharted ice of the arctic.

Things take a turn for the disastrous when Hester, jealous of Tom's affection for Anchorage and the beautiful, plump margravine, commits an act of betrayal that sets off an explosive series of events. Murder, intrigue and resurrection of the dead steer the book toward an exciting conclusion.

Those who enjoyed MORTAL ENGINES will not be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bibliophilic on December 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
In this book, Tom and Hester (from the first book in the series), find themselves stranded in the traction city of Anchorage after an attack by radical Anti-Tractionists who believe they killed Anna Fang. In Anchorage, they find a teenaged ruler governing a dying city. Tom and Het meet new challenges, both personal and otherwise.

In my overall positive review for _Mortal Engines_, I complained about several issues. Chief among them:
1) The audience was unclear. The weak dialogue and simple characterization seemed like they belonged to tweens, but the rest of the book was more appropriate for teens.
2) The middle dragged.
3) There was an affair mentioned, seemingly for no good reason.

Philip Reeve did an impressive job with _Predator's Gold_. The writing is more mature, with a clear teen audience. The dialog is more snazzy. The pacing is much better, with no long, boring middle act. The affair turns out not to have been an extramarital affair, but one that took place before the marriage of one of the characters. It also turns out to fuel a plot point or two. There is only one problem with the book, which is Het's surprise ending, which seems to clash with the timing of other events.

Highly recommended. Ages 15 and up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jenny on October 9, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book was everything I'd hoped for and more! I read it as quickly as I could, for it was very hard to put down. (You should've seen me when I first got it, I was jumping up and down and screaming, people were starting to stare at me...)

This is a great example of a sequel that does not fall flat on its face, but builds upon and enhances what was begun in the first book. I really enjoyed the character developement in this one, I felt like I ended up knowing the characters a lot better than before. I especially LOVE Hester, she's like an anti-heroine, but so perfect for what these books are trying to do. All the new characters are top-notch, and I'm so glad that they didn't ALL die this time, like at the end of Mortal Engines. The Anna Fang Stalker was particularly chilling, that whole plot line definately leaves a lot of room for a third book.

This book is still as gruesome as the first one and can be more than a little scary for the faint of heart. I for one was shaking in my shoes, heart pumping and practically hyperventilating! But that's what makes this series what it is, it has the power to evoke these sharp emotions, making you feel you are actually in the book. Absolutely amazing, I'd give it 100 stars if I could. Another great classic, courtesy of Philip Reeve!
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