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In this breathtaking sequel to his award-winning Mortal Engines, Reeve plunges readers into a ruthless and terrifyingly believable world where cities eat each other, betrayal is as common as ice, and loyalty offers the only chance for survival.


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In this breathtaking sequel to his award-winning Mortal Engines, Reeve plunges readers into a ruthless and terrifyingly believable world where cities eat each other, betrayal is as common as ice, and loyalty offers the only chance for survival.

30 review for Predator's Gold

  1. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

    I thought I liked the first book of this series, but I enjoyed this one even more! I think now that I am more used to this post-apocalyptic, steampunk world of predator cities and crazy flying machines, it is easier to just sit back, soak into the story, and enjoy the ride. I won't say too much specifically about the story as it could end up spoiling the first book as well. I will say, though, that I figured it would just be more of the same as the first book. However, the author managed to take I thought I liked the first book of this series, but I enjoyed this one even more! I think now that I am more used to this post-apocalyptic, steampunk world of predator cities and crazy flying machines, it is easier to just sit back, soak into the story, and enjoy the ride. I won't say too much specifically about the story as it could end up spoiling the first book as well. I will say, though, that I figured it would just be more of the same as the first book. However, the author managed to take this specific steampunk universe he created and find new, unique ways to entertain the reader. I was very satisfied and it makes me more excited to get to book 3 than I originally was to get to book 2. I am very sorry that the first movie didn't fare too well because I feel like this book could have served as the basis for one heck of an awesome sequel. This was even more obvious to me in that I couldn't help but try and picture what it would be like on the big screen. But, *sigh*, I will likely have to just settle for the movies in my head. Steampunk fantasy fans - read this series!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cécile C.

    Let's start with the good, because there's still a lot of good in there. Namely, the world-building. The idea of transforming cities into animals, preying on each other in a broken ecosystem that slowly moves on towards its doom is great, and quite elaborate. Predators, prey, scavengers and parasites compete together in a world that is marching towards its end, as Municipal Darwinism encourages a large-scale destruction of all available resources and brings back slavery and inhuman treatments of Let's start with the good, because there's still a lot of good in there. Namely, the world-building. The idea of transforming cities into animals, preying on each other in a broken ecosystem that slowly moves on towards its doom is great, and quite elaborate. Predators, prey, scavengers and parasites compete together in a world that is marching towards its end, as Municipal Darwinism encourages a large-scale destruction of all available resources and brings back slavery and inhuman treatments of prisoners. It's a particularly elegant way to answer the question "are humans just like animals after all?", showing what would become of the world if humans decided that it's okay to behave as if they still lived in a jungle (answer: a massive mess). There are hundreds of possibilities withing the world alone. Now, the reason why I still gave the book two stars. Let's start with something simple. Can we please pretty please get a ten-year moratory on stories where female charactrs are solely motivated by their ovaries emotional state? Like, could we try to have plots that are influenced by the action of female characters, but NOT by the stupid things women do when they're in love/attached to someone/bereaved and all? And yeees, I know emotion can be a powerful motive and women can and do feel emotion and some women would really behave like that, and I'd like to get that argument out the the discussion already because there are ALSO women who act out of rational motives, who have political views, who can put their ideals and their personal feelings in the balance, and strangely enough, they sovery rarely make their way into a book. I don't care if "some women would really act like that". Not *all* women would, and I'm stating to feel that nothing less than a ten-year moratory can reestablish the balance. That's not the only problem. I'm sorry to say the characters are, on the whole, either cliché or completely underdeveloped. There's constant talk that the hero, Tom, is such a nice altruistic person, but we never see him do something nice and altruistic in the whole novel, so he just comes out as flat. Hester is mostly a conventional girl-hero with low self-esteem who will do all sorts of stupid things because she's in love with her man (wising up in the end, but still). All right, so she's disfigured and therefore she has to be interesting somehow, because it's so audacious of the author to have an ugly female hero. I'll grant it's an unconventional choice, but I'd like to point out that 1) since we never hear the end of how ugly she is, in the end, that's pretty much her only salient trait, and 2) so now it's enough to create an ugly female character to make her interesting? Nice way to reduce women to their looks, folks. Saying that only beauty makes value or that being ugly is a sufficient condition to make a female protagonist interesting is about the same in my book. In the end, I finished the book because the world still fascinated me, but even that fascination is not enough to counter the profound boredom the characters and the flimsy, fee-fee driven plot have instillated in me. I won't be reading on.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Neil R. Coulter

    Book 1, Mortal Engines, was disappointing; Book 2 is worse. I sense that there is an interesting story happening in Reeve's steampunk world, but it's always just beyond the edges of the story he's actually telling. Somewhere in this world multiple factions plot against each other and a world war is beginning. But Predator's Gold isn't that story. It's the story of three underage minors--the bland hero, Tom; Hester, the ultra-violent girl with half a face; and Freya, the self-centered, fat ice pr Book 1, Mortal Engines, was disappointing; Book 2 is worse. I sense that there is an interesting story happening in Reeve's steampunk world, but it's always just beyond the edges of the story he's actually telling. Somewhere in this world multiple factions plot against each other and a world war is beginning. But Predator's Gold isn't that story. It's the story of three underage minors--the bland hero, Tom; Hester, the ultra-violent girl with half a face; and Freya, the self-centered, fat ice princess--and their petty jealousies and unbelievable naivety. It's as though Reeve has taken all of my least favorite parts of Harry Potter and put them into a story with none of the magic or charm. This book teaches the reader the words polynya (an area of unfrozen sea water surrounded by ice) and limpet (relating to or denoting certain weapons that are attached to their targets by magnetic or adhesive properties and resist removal), as well as including a predictable Stalker re-birth, Fagin, plenty of argon lighting, and even more orphans (is there anyone in this story with two surviving parents? For that matter, is there a single admirable adult in this world?).The end of the book features the most anticlimactic escape-from-certain-death imaginable; a character who isn't going to die even when shot point-blank in the chest; the R-rated violence of a main character running amok; and the ridiculousness of two 17-year-olds living together as though married and now starting a family. My heart is not warmed. There is little to root for, and it doesn't seem that any of the characters are on destined arcs, or that there's anything important for any character to do in the story.Reeve is disappointingly vague in his descriptions, even where it would've been easy enough to do a bit of research and really enhance the scenes he writes. Here's one example:   Masgard drew his sword and swished it to and fro, practicing flashy fencing moves as he advanced on her. (292)"Swished it to and fro"? "Flashy fencing moves"? This is how you write when all you know about fencing is movie swordfighting. But I expect an author to demonstrate a little research when thinking about his world. I don't need him to show off fencing jargon, but I'd like to know that I can trust that the author is picturing everything that's happening, not just that people are sort of swooshing swords at each other.The most disappointing aspect of this series so far (and especially this book) is its low value on human life. People are slaughtered in gruesome ways, and most people are little more than nameless cogs in the wheels of Municipal Darwinism. I find little that is kind, good, and compassionate in this series, which is unrealistic, not to mention not much fun to read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Brooke Shirts

    Who doesn't love dystopic visions of the future? Not I. Especially not one that involves giant cities on wheels -- that EAT each other. The concept of Municipal Darwinism never gets old, baby. It's taken me forever to get around to the Hungry City Chronicles, of which this is the second. Tom and Hester, our heroes from the first book (read: the only characters left alive after the first book -- sheesh, Mortal Enginges has a bigger body count than Hamlet) are in trouble again. This time they've l Who doesn't love dystopic visions of the future? Not I. Especially not one that involves giant cities on wheels -- that EAT each other. The concept of Municipal Darwinism never gets old, baby. It's taken me forever to get around to the Hungry City Chronicles, of which this is the second. Tom and Hester, our heroes from the first book (read: the only characters left alive after the first book -- sheesh, Mortal Enginges has a bigger body count than Hamlet) are in trouble again. This time they've landed on the peaceful ice city of Anchorage, which has been ravaged by plague. Oh, and it's being chased by the evil city of Arkangel. Add to this picture a dimwitted professor, a thief with a heart of gold, a group of terrorist environmentalists, and an evil cyborg or two -- oh, and Le Love Triangle -- and you've got the same buckle-on-the-swash fun that made the first book so enjoyable. Up next: Infernal Devices aka Book Three.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sara Saif

    Hello? Excuse me! Last book of the year coming through! I really, really liked this one! The world is exciting and fun and crazy in a way I've never read before. All YA dystopian books feel like copy cats in varying degrees and levels these days but this is original stuff and it becomes wholly evident in this book especially. It's madness! Chases and betrayals, cheating and close-calls, things are happening all over the place. And the most satisfying thing is seeing it all coming together like cl Hello? Excuse me! Last book of the year coming through! I really, really liked this one! The world is exciting and fun and crazy in a way I've never read before. All YA dystopian books feel like copy cats in varying degrees and levels these days but this is original stuff and it becomes wholly evident in this book especially. It's madness! Chases and betrayals, cheating and close-calls, things are happening all over the place. And the most satisfying thing is seeing it all coming together like clockwork. The world expands and connections are made beautifully in the book. Tom was sticking like a sore thumb throughout the book. It's a shame since I really liked the guy in the first one. What a sniveling jerk. Okay, I get that not every man is macho and perfect and all but this dude had no dignity. Not only did he cower behind Hester all the time, depended on her, never stood up, but he had the gall to cheat on her and all the while she clung to him and loved him and made excuses for him. Hester was the man and Tom was the baby. How could he live with her for TWO whole years and then kiss the first girl he met because she was beautiful and Hester wasn't? I would have smacked him into kingdom come if I could. Hester deserves better so I hope he grows some spine. (view spoiler)[Especially since she's pregnant! That ASSHOLE. (hide spoiler)] Besides that it was a wonderful last read of the year if my finishing it in less than 48 hours is any indication.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nicky

    The second Hungry Cities book is the same sort of fun as the first, albeit with those dark moments of violence and horror (like horrible deaths, or people being unpleasant). It still follows Hester and Tom, but they’ve grown up a bit, and they have a place in the world as aviators. That is, until Pennyroyal comes aboard and spoils everything. Realistic, and sad, is the portrayal of Hester being so afraid to lose Tom. She doesn’t believe anyone else will see past her scarred face to who she really The second Hungry Cities book is the same sort of fun as the first, albeit with those dark moments of violence and horror (like horrible deaths, or people being unpleasant). It still follows Hester and Tom, but they’ve grown up a bit, and they have a place in the world as aviators. That is, until Pennyroyal comes aboard and spoils everything. Realistic, and sad, is the portrayal of Hester being so afraid to lose Tom. She doesn’t believe anyone else will see past her scarred face to who she really is, and indeed, she’s not even that sure that who she really is is a person worthy of love. It does lead to some fairly horrible behaviour on her part, which though it makes sense with her characterisation, makes her difficult to sympathise with. After all, the appeal of Tom is that he believes that life should be fair, and Hester… really doesn’t hold with that. Freya as a character is… I can understand her, but I don’t like her. The way she behaves for most of the book is just awful, and you can completely understand why Hester doesn’t like her — and you can’t really understand why anyone else does. Overall, it’s a fun book and it expands the world, opening up obvious lines for future plots and filling in things round the edges. It’s just… slightly less fun because instead of moving toward a lighter characterisation for Hester, as Mortal Engines does, it kind of goes the other way and makes her less likeable again. Originally posted here.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Alaina

    It definitely had it's ups and downs. I'm not quite sure if Predator's Gold fell into the second book syndrome.. but it did have it's fair share of moments. I love the world building and all that jazz.. but the romance part of this book just threw me for a loop. I don't really understand the drunken kiss.. or why that girl thought she could replace my girl Hester in his mind.. but whatever - the kiss happened. I love Tom and Hester, nothing will make me unlove them. But something was definitely o It definitely had it's ups and downs. I'm not quite sure if Predator's Gold fell into the second book syndrome.. but it did have it's fair share of moments. I love the world building and all that jazz.. but the romance part of this book just threw me for a loop. I don't really understand the drunken kiss.. or why that girl thought she could replace my girl Hester in his mind.. but whatever - the kiss happened. I love Tom and Hester, nothing will make me unlove them. But something was definitely off between them this time around which kind of annoyed me to no end. Throw in a love triangle.. and I'm annoyed even more. I just want Tom and Hester - no one else. Other than all of that, the audios are entertaining but I really hope that the next book will be tons better than this one. Oh, and no love triangles please!

  8. 5 out of 5

    HP Saucerer

    Predator’s Gold takes the action of Mortal Engines this time to the polar Ice Wastes, where we board the once majestic, now largely deserted, fallen city of Anchorage. Reeve continues the creative flair he showed in the first book; pages abound with mercenaries, parasitic vessels and pirate lairs and diabolical scientific experiments. Once again, the world-building is nothing short of staggering, but these books are so much more than that, as it is Reeve’s ability to paint a visual picture with Predator’s Gold takes the action of Mortal Engines this time to the polar Ice Wastes, where we board the once majestic, now largely deserted, fallen city of Anchorage. Reeve continues the creative flair he showed in the first book; pages abound with mercenaries, parasitic vessels and pirate lairs and diabolical scientific experiments. Once again, the world-building is nothing short of staggering, but these books are so much more than that, as it is Reeve’s ability to paint a visual picture with words along with phenomenal characterization that really make these books so utterly compelling and so highly rewarding to read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    And so on to the second of the Mortal Engines series. Now as usual I will try and capture my thoughts here without giving away any spoilers - lets see how successful I am at that. Anyway this book is although clearly from the work of the Mortal Engines - it has a slightly different feel to it, I guess not having to introduce to characters and the rather unique way the world runs makes things a little easier and yes the pace of the story a lot faster. That said you can see how the relationship of And so on to the second of the Mortal Engines series. Now as usual I will try and capture my thoughts here without giving away any spoilers - lets see how successful I am at that. Anyway this book is although clearly from the work of the Mortal Engines - it has a slightly different feel to it, I guess not having to introduce to characters and the rather unique way the world runs makes things a little easier and yes the pace of the story a lot faster. That said you can see how the relationship of Hester and Tom has developed but not beyond recognition, the fact you can still see flashes of the daughter of Valentine there is a great touch and keeps on reminding you how dangerous she potentially can be. But as always its the machines and cities which for me are the crowd stealers. In this book we are introduced to more of them and in different ways (as well as get the hint there are even more to find) which I really love. (As a side note there will be a visual guide coming out early November which I expect will be a mixture of reprinting a much earlier edition and a tie-in with the release of the film). But considering the events of the first book we are now moving on to new adventures but do not think for a moment that with a new chapter older scores and repercussions are forgotten. One think I noticed that yes you could read this as a standalone book and not feel you are missing out on key or worse, critical events however there are enough references to previous events that if you know the story you can have a quite nod to yourself and think ah yes I know what they are referring to. So how long do I resist picking up the third one and starting that I wonder as you do now get the feeling that there are bigger tales to tell and that future books will be more closely linked to each other.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alex Givant

    Will continue to read, so far so good.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Klinta

    This was pretty fucking horrible. It was a cheesy cliche with an incredibly slow start and way too much romance that came out of nowhere. The character's I previously liked, I didn't like anymore and most of the new ones were too minor to like or major, but plainly unlikable. I felt like this book was written by a 14-year-old girl (no offence 14-year-old girls, please), compared to the previous one. I pushed forward with this book against my will because, I think, if I wouldn't have I would neve This was pretty fucking horrible. It was a cheesy cliche with an incredibly slow start and way too much romance that came out of nowhere. The character's I previously liked, I didn't like anymore and most of the new ones were too minor to like or major, but plainly unlikable. I felt like this book was written by a 14-year-old girl (no offence 14-year-old girls, please), compared to the previous one. I pushed forward with this book against my will because, I think, if I wouldn't have I would never finish it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Olly Williams

    2nd book in. 2 more books to go in this remarkable series. Such a cool world.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Daphne

    Edit 5-9-18: After a few days of thinking about it, lowered the rating to 3 stars after all. --- I went back and forth on my rating for this, but in the end I'm deciding on four stars simply because there were a lot of worldbuilding elements I really enjoyed in this book, even though I felt like the plot wasn't nearly as strong as the first one. I really loved Mortal Engines when I read it, and maybe loving the first book so much had set my expectations for the second one a bit too high. While I re Edit 5-9-18: After a few days of thinking about it, lowered the rating to 3 stars after all. --- I went back and forth on my rating for this, but in the end I'm deciding on four stars simply because there were a lot of worldbuilding elements I really enjoyed in this book, even though I felt like the plot wasn't nearly as strong as the first one. I really loved Mortal Engines when I read it, and maybe loving the first book so much had set my expectations for the second one a bit too high. While I really enjoyed seeing more of the world Philip Reeve's created with these novels, the actual story relied too much on characters making bad choices for me to enjoy it. The choices they were making were so bad sometimes that I found it hard to sympathise with the characters afterwards. I also feel like Tom and Hester may have regressed a little bit in their character development compared to the first book. They didn't grow as much as I would have expected. (view spoiler)[ And I didn't like how Hester's motivations are always centered around Tom. It gets old really fast to me that everything she does is about him. Just as the many descriptions of how ugly she is get old. (hide spoiler)] But while I had some issues with the characters and the plot, I have to say the setting and suspence were really great. I really love this universe the author has created, and for that alone I would want to read the next books. I'm not sure if I enjoyed the little plot twist thrown at us in the end, and (view spoiler)[ I kind of dislike that Tom didn't hear about Hester selling out the city in this book. It should come up at some point because it is too big a deal not to, but I feel like if it comes up later it will just feel like old news to the reader. I kept waiting for it to happen, but circumstances kept happening to stop Tom from hearing about it. Was there any reason Pennyroyal didn't just tell him? Not really. (hide spoiler)] This book went in a completely different direction than the first one, so I do look forward to seeing how the world gets expanded more. Even if I hope the characters mature a bit in the next book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Stefan Dolan

    1.5* Just like the first novel in this series, there is some good in its sequel. World building is, once again, where this book excels. Cities are turned into animals and they compete for survival as predators, prey, scavengers and parasites. This sequel has the same problems as the first book. Again characters fall short as underdeveloped and flat. And god forbid that anyone who reads these books forgets that the heroin is ugly. The author sure doesn’t want you to forget that the only factor th 1.5* Just like the first novel in this series, there is some good in its sequel. World building is, once again, where this book excels. Cities are turned into animals and they compete for survival as predators, prey, scavengers and parasites. This sequel has the same problems as the first book. Again characters fall short as underdeveloped and flat. And god forbid that anyone who reads these books forgets that the heroin is ugly. The author sure doesn’t want you to forget that the only factor that makes the lead FEMALE role interesting is her hideous looks. Thanks for the constant reminders instead of developing her or anyone else more. I will finish this series and I will be hoping that it eventually fills out to be as good as my own imagination believe it could be. it is still a very clever concept that is being poorly executed. Maybe just take a bit more time and write a longer book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Terrington

    It seemed at the end of Mortal Engines that it was the end. Yet in spectacular fashion Philip Reeve reignites his world of city-eating cities and reanimated corpses to truly begin what concludes as a uniquely brilliant series. This is a difficult novel to describe. Like any good sequel it brings back the elements of the first novel, adds in a few new ones, mixes them together, throws in a few twists and turns and ends on a note that makes you believe the series could very satisfyingly end there. It seemed at the end of Mortal Engines that it was the end. Yet in spectacular fashion Philip Reeve reignites his world of city-eating cities and reanimated corpses to truly begin what concludes as a uniquely brilliant series. This is a difficult novel to describe. Like any good sequel it brings back the elements of the first novel, adds in a few new ones, mixes them together, throws in a few twists and turns and ends on a note that makes you believe the series could very satisfyingly end there. Only of course it doesn't. That for me is the remarkable thing about this quartet of novels. Each can very well stand alone as a single novel and yet they somehow continue on to complete a structured narrative across one series. Remarkably imaginative writing.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Eeva

    My main problem with this book is my girl Hester. First of all we hear how ugly she is at least every five minutes. It's getting tiresome pretty quickly.. Second of all everything Heater does os motivated by Tom. Like, she has no agency of her own. Only Tom, Tom, Tom. Jesus, girl, get a life. I would have loved it if after leaving Anchorige Hester would have built up a new life for herself. My main problem with this book is my girl Hester. First of all we hear how ugly she is at least every five minutes. It's getting tiresome pretty quickly.. Second of all everything Heater does os motivated by Tom. Like, she has no agency of her own. Only Tom, Tom, Tom. Jesus, girl, get a life. I would have loved it if after leaving Anchorige Hester would have built up a new life for herself.

  17. 5 out of 5

    The Book Queen

    This was amazing. Just as great as Mortal Engines. And then... BAM. WORST ENDING EVER. (view spoiler)[why do they have to have a goddamn child?!?!? Children ruin everything! Why can't they just stay young forever and never have to grow old and become responsible.... aaaarrgghhh. (hide spoiler)] This was amazing. Just as great as Mortal Engines. And then... BAM. WORST ENDING EVER. (view spoiler)[why do they have to have a goddamn child?!?!? Children ruin everything! Why can't they just stay young forever and never have to grow old and become responsible.... aaaarrgghhh. (hide spoiler)]

  18. 4 out of 5

    Amirography

    Meh. It wasn't as provoking and symbolic and novel as the first part. I probably won't continue with this series. Meh. It wasn't as provoking and symbolic and novel as the first part. I probably won't continue with this series.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 3.5 stars. I can't believe how much this book pissed me off. I literally threw across the room and didn't pick it back up for a month (I mean, I picked it up to move it off the floor but you get what I mean). It seems like Philip Reeve spent this whole book begging me to hate a character that he successfully made me like in the first one. That said, Tom kinda redeemed himself in the end so it was sort of okay. And I can't rate it too low for the sake of Hester, who is a great character. 3.5 stars. I can't believe how much this book pissed me off. I literally threw across the room and didn't pick it back up for a month (I mean, I picked it up to move it off the floor but you get what I mean). It seems like Philip Reeve spent this whole book begging me to hate a character that he successfully made me like in the first one. That said, Tom kinda redeemed himself in the end so it was sort of okay. And I can't rate it too low for the sake of Hester, who is a great character.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mathew

    5 stars simply for how incredibly well Reeve not only manages his plot to perfection but also the clanger of an ending. I had only read Mortal Engines and bought the rest of the series donkey's years ago when they first came out. I am finding them hugely enjoyable and like the fact that Reeve is testing themes and character by pushing some into zones that some readers might question, morally. To me these books are a little like ''what if Dickens had written post-apocalyptic novels'. 5 stars simply for how incredibly well Reeve not only manages his plot to perfection but also the clanger of an ending. I had only read Mortal Engines and bought the rest of the series donkey's years ago when they first came out. I am finding them hugely enjoyable and like the fact that Reeve is testing themes and character by pushing some into zones that some readers might question, morally. To me these books are a little like ''what if Dickens had written post-apocalyptic novels'.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mila

    This was quite disappointing compared to the first book. The unnecessary lone triangle was just stupid and pretty much everyone was annoying. I didn't care about the plot as well so I have no desire to continue reading this series. This was quite disappointing compared to the first book. The unnecessary lone triangle was just stupid and pretty much everyone was annoying. I didn't care about the plot as well so I have no desire to continue reading this series.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Jayne

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. rough okay but actually. this turned into The Hester Show, and, we all know Hester, it was not a fun show. and while she quickly deteriorated to drive the plot in angsty circles, Tom got left behind. he suddenly reverted to a naive, innocent (“”), schoolboy. gay and heartless. he was not Tom. he was a remnant of an idea of himself, glorified by everyone for things he used to be, yet never showing such character. he was gone. Anchorage didn’t deserve. Freya was cool. I liked her, I hated her, I pit rough okay but actually. this turned into The Hester Show, and, we all know Hester, it was not a fun show. and while she quickly deteriorated to drive the plot in angsty circles, Tom got left behind. he suddenly reverted to a naive, innocent (“”), schoolboy. gay and heartless. he was not Tom. he was a remnant of an idea of himself, glorified by everyone for things he used to be, yet never showing such character. he was gone. Anchorage didn’t deserve. Freya was cool. I liked her, I hated her, I pitied her, I loved her. it was great character development. and borderline extremely feminist. so that’s uncomfortable. Caul. nice. Søren Scabius is actually my favorite. he had a fun dialogue about Truly Living #noregret despite Impending Doom bc of Mistakes. that was the redeeming moral of the story that brought us up to three stars. other positive star factors were: engaging, wildride, unpredictable plot; i still really love hester and tom even tho they became the worst; idek how but the ending was so hopeful and peaceful; i really like anchorage; i really love the world building; sometimes people are actually the worst and they’re unsaved and they’re going to hell as we all truly deserve and we can only cry thankfully that we’ve been spared such a dark fate.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Epic

    wow what a great book, second one in the series with an amazing idea based on a distopia future that is terrifying yet thrilling to think of...

  24. 5 out of 5

    Bee

    I'm constantly surprised at the quality of Reeve's writing, and the fluid character development. I love the steampunk, predator city theme. The series promises to get better and better I'm constantly surprised at the quality of Reeve's writing, and the fluid character development. I love the steampunk, predator city theme. The series promises to get better and better

  25. 5 out of 5

    Anni

    2.5 Stars 🌟

  26. 5 out of 5

    Rhuddem Gwelin

    Having forgotten that the series is considered YA, I was a bit disturbed by the YA-ness but then I remembered and settled back to enjoy it. Which I did. I've already reserved part 3 at the library. Having forgotten that the series is considered YA, I was a bit disturbed by the YA-ness but then I remembered and settled back to enjoy it. Which I did. I've already reserved part 3 at the library.

  27. 5 out of 5

    P. Kirby

    "Yes," she whispered, and smiled at how unalike they were, because when she thought of the death of (view spoiler)[Masgard (hide spoiler)] and (view spoiler)[his Huntsmen (hide spoiler)] she felt no guilt at all, just a sort of satisfaction, and a glad amazement that she had gotten away with it. Oh, Hester, I love ya. I really do. My grumble with this series is Tom Natsworthy's stupefying naivete, a characteristic mirrored by a new character, Freya, the teenage margravine (major) of Anchorage "Yes," she whispered, and smiled at how unalike they were, because when she thought of the death of (view spoiler)[Masgard (hide spoiler)] and (view spoiler)[his Huntsmen (hide spoiler)] she felt no guilt at all, just a sort of satisfaction, and a glad amazement that she had gotten away with it. Oh, Hester, I love ya. I really do. My grumble with this series is Tom Natsworthy's stupefying naivete, a characteristic mirrored by a new character, Freya, the teenage margravine (major) of Anchorage. Fortunately, there's Hester to inject some* common sense and hard pragmatism to the story. (*Hormones/insecurity wreck her smart train briefly.) Previously, in Mortal Engines, Tom Natsworthy, orphan, dreamer, and apprentice Historian on board the great Traction city London, found himself betrayed by his hero, Valentine, and thrown from the city onto the unforgiving earth. All because he saved Valentine's life from a mysterious young woman, Hester, foiling her assassination attempt. With no other choice, he allies with Hester in a futile attempt to return to London. Along the way, he gets a hard dose of reality--which doesn't entirely cure his naiveté--falls in love with Hester, and in the process contributes to the end of London. Two years later, in Predator's Gold, Tom and Hester have been plying a trade at transport, moving goods using Anna Fang's erstwhile airship, the Jenny Haniver. Things are going well until they take on a passenger named Nimrod Pennyroyal, author of many exciting tomes recounting his explorations throughout the world. (Pennyroyal is pretty much Gilderoy Lockhart's fatter, less-charming doppelganger.) Soon after, Tom and Hester find themselves under pursuit by a rogue and especially virulent branch of the Anti-Traction league. Nearly blown from the sky by the league's airships, the Jenny Haniver drifts deep into the Arctic wastes, where it happens upon the Traction city of Anchorage. Anchorage, its population obliterated by a recent plague, is limping northward. Freya Rasmussen is the only surviving member of her family, and directionless, clings to her family's old pomp and circumstance. She's thrilled to welcome renown explorer Pennyroyal on board her city and immediately names him Chief Navigator. Meanwhile, an awkward love triangle happens, which, like Pennyroyal's navigation, can only end badly. Anchorage is heading toward a fool's dream in a lost American paradise, all while parasitic thieves' guilds and warring forces in the Anti-Traction league move events toward a future, worldwide conflict. Like the previous book, this story suffers from its young tone, with the thematic elements and violence at odds with the innocent and brief exploration of topics such as slavery, municipal [read: "social"] Darwinism, kindness and justice. Most of the characters feel like background, placeholders for real characters. I never warmed up to Freya much; she spent too much of the story mooning over Tom and whining like a privileged brat. On the upside, Freya does redeem herself at the very end, leaving girl rivalries and becoming a proper leader. Teen hormones do factor in the plot--but the narrative is action-packed and spends little time on angsty, navel-gazing. I like romance, but honestly? What's with the preponderance of it in modern YA? (Dear authors: it's possible to tell a great story without an overwhelming [or underwhelming, as is often the case] love story. Seriously. Give it a try.) That, and the story's brevity continue to be a huge plus for me about this series. 3.5 stars. (Library book)

  28. 4 out of 5

    Laure

    The second book in the series does not disappoint. We see our heroes fighting new and old enemies in a rip-roaring, action-packed adventure across the iced continents. However, I am still in doubt as to the sombre developments pertaining to our beloved heroine and starting to get slightly annoyed at the moral rectitude of our hero. Yet, everything is set up for a very strong third instalment.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sesana

    Direct sequel to Mortal Engines. Two years after the destruction of London, Tom and Hester are still together, still flying Anna Fang's airship. In need of cash, they take on the drippingly unscrupulous Pennyroyal. One thing leads to another, and they end up stranded on the moving city of Anchorage, bound for a green America that only Pennyroyal has seen. Much of the plot is driven by Hester's (as it turns out, reasonable) jealousies and suspicion that she'll lose Tom sooner or later. Freya, the Direct sequel to Mortal Engines. Two years after the destruction of London, Tom and Hester are still together, still flying Anna Fang's airship. In need of cash, they take on the drippingly unscrupulous Pennyroyal. One thing leads to another, and they end up stranded on the moving city of Anchorage, bound for a green America that only Pennyroyal has seen. Much of the plot is driven by Hester's (as it turns out, reasonable) jealousies and suspicion that she'll lose Tom sooner or later. Freya, the ruler of Anchorage is young, pretty, and a historian, after all. He's actually pretty unlikeable through most of the book, and Freya is fairly awful throughout. Hester is far more sympathetic, until she crosses a line. There's are some very important things left unresolved, and there's obvious setup for the next book. I still like the characters enough to keep reading, and like the setting even more so. There are a few more touches of humor in this book than in the first, which is nice. The tone can use the occassional lighter moments.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nostalgia Reader

    Wow, that was disappointing. The whole thing was much too romantically motivated with stupid spur-of-the-moment decisions and a possessive love triangle. I have nothing against some romantic sub-plots but this just took too much presidence for me. I also disliked all the characters, good, bad, and other-wise. If I hadn't read the last two books in the series already (albeit years ago, but I do still love them, and plan to reread them), I would probably not be encouraged to continue the series fr Wow, that was disappointing. The whole thing was much too romantically motivated with stupid spur-of-the-moment decisions and a possessive love triangle. I have nothing against some romantic sub-plots but this just took too much presidence for me. I also disliked all the characters, good, bad, and other-wise. If I hadn't read the last two books in the series already (albeit years ago, but I do still love them, and plan to reread them), I would probably not be encouraged to continue the series from here. I was hoping for amazing amounts of space-arctic-western badassery, but instead just got romantic pining and poor decisions. Also, why did they insist on changing Shrike's name to Grike? It does provide vital backstory for the rest of the series though, so I wouldn't say it's a complete waste of time. But it definitely crushed all of my expectations.

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