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The Jenny was drifting across the shoulder of a big volcano. Beyond it there were no more mountains, just an endless blue-white plain stretching to the horizon. They were at the mercy of the wind, and it was carrying them helplessly into the Ice Wastes.

After two years of carefree traveling in the Jenny Haniver, Tom and Hester find themselves back in danger. Fleeing from the grim aviators of the Green Storm, they stumble onto the ice city of Anchorage just in time. But Anchorage...

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Predator's Gold (The Hungry City Chronicles Series #2)

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The Jenny was drifting across the shoulder of a big volcano. Beyond it there were no more mountains, just an endless blue-white plain stretching to the horizon. They were at the mercy of the wind, and it was carrying them helplessly into the Ice Wastes.

After two years of carefree traveling in the Jenny Haniver, Tom and Hester find themselves back in danger. Fleeing from the grim aviators of the Green Storm, they stumble onto the ice city of Anchorage just in time. But Anchorage is not a safe refuge: Devastated by plague, and haunted by thieves -- or perhaps ghosts -- the city is barely lurching along. The savage Huntsmen of Arkangel are closing in, and the young margravine must make a last desperate bid for survival. She sets a course for the Dead Continent -- America ...

In this breathtaking sequel to the award-winning Mortal Engines, Philip Reeve plunges us into a ruthless and terrifyingly believable world where cities eat each other, betrayal is as common as the blasted land the cities traverse, and loyalty holds the only chance of survival.

In the distant future, when cities move about and consume smaller towns, Tom and Hester hope that the ice city of Anchorage will reach the rumored haven of the Dead Continent--America--before the savage Hunstmen of Arkangel find them.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In a starred review, PW wrote, "Picking up roughly two years after Mortal Engines ended, Reeve's second adventure continues to explore a future world in which cities navigate on wheels and prowl the surface of the earth, devouring other cities." Ages 12-up. (Jan.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
An emergency landing brings Tom and Hester and their airship, the Jenny Haniver, to the ice city, Anchorage. Two years have passed since the demise of London and they have become lovers. When Hester sees Tom kissing the Margravine of Anchorage, she does not wait for an explanation. She flies to the city of Arkangel and provides the location of Anchorage. This makes it possible for Arkangel to move toward Anchorage in the hope of overtaking it and making slaves of its people. Hester is promised the "predator's gold" as bounty but she states that she only wants Tom. Realizing too late that she has put Tom and everyone in Anchorage in danger, Hester attempts to rescue them. This sequel to Mortal Engines is an action-packed tale of jealousy, betrayal, making amends, and putting one's life on the line for a friend. It can be read independently of the first book in "The Hungry City Chronicles" but is a richer read as a sequel. The vivid descriptions and well-realized colorful cast of characters bring to life this futuristic series about cities on the move that consume each other. 2003, Scholastic, Ages 12 to 14.
—Sharon Salluzzo
In this sequel to the wonderful British fantasy Mortal Engines (an ALA Best Book for YAs; reviewed in KLIATT in November 2003), set in a post-apocalyptic future in which cities travel on great tractor treads and hunt down other towns, our heroes Tom and Hester find themselves passengers on the city of Anchorage, heading across the ice to the rumored green wilderness of America. But when Hester sees Tom kissing Freya, the attractive young ruler of Anchorage, she takes off on their airship and sells Anchorage's location to the hungry city of Arkangel for "predator's gold," a tattler's reward—though in her case her price is the return of Tom, her true love. Arkangel is not the only danger the lovers face. A "limpet" has attached itself to the underbelly of Anchorage, and the Lost Boys who man it in order to spy on the city above and steal things from it are instructed to steal Tom, too. In addition, the Anti-Traction League, which wants to wage war on the mobile cities, has helped to resurrect the dead aviatrix Anna Fang and created a murderous cyborg from her corpse—and they want Tom and Hester as well. Reeve's marvelous imagination and emotional depth, the sympathetic young protagonists, and the thrilling adventures evoke Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, and everyone who read Mortal Engines will be eager to read this exciting sequel. (The Hungry City Chronicles). KLIATT Codes: JSA*—Exceptional book, recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2003, HarperCollins, Eos, 336p., and (le). Ages 12 to adult.
—Paula Rohrlick
In this sequel to Mortal Engines (HarperCollins, 2003/VOYA December 2003), Tom Natsworthy and Hester Shaw find themselves involved in the plight of Anchorage, a traction city that has fallen on hard times. Most of its citizens were killed in a plague. Its young leader, the margravine Freya, is uncertain how to lead, and the city is constantly in danger of being eaten by larger cities. Tom and Hester, using the airship that they acquired in the previous tale, agree to take on a passenger, a rather disreputable historian named Pennyroyal. When the airship is damaged, they are forced to set down in Anchorage. Hester wants to fix the ship and be on their way, but Tom is captivated by Freya and by her plan to explore the dead continent of America. Before they can be on their way, however, they must avoid the Huntsmen of Arkangel, and besides that threat, there are strange sounds in the ductwork of the city and items disappear constantly. Meanwhile someone is after Hester and Tom. This novel is another exciting, fast-paced adventure story that also deals with real questions of right and wrong. It is a page-turner that will surely be popular with fans of the first book and with middle schoolers who like their science fiction full of action and suspense. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P M J (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2004, HarperCollins, 336p., and PLB Ages 11 to 15.
—Sarah Flowers
School Library Journal
Gr 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 Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Readers thrilled by the titanic mobile cities savagely preying on one another across a ravaged post-holocaust Earth in Mortal Engines (2003) will find more of the same in this even better sequel-along with plenty of intrigue, danger, spying, violence, and romance. The spotlight shines on disfigured young Hester Shaw who, with her lover, apprentice historian Tom Natsworthy, must land their airship on Anchorage, a nearly depopulated city. Their reception is a little too friendly, and when Tom's head is turned by Anchorage's lonely, attractive young Margrave, Hester flies off in a huff to report the city's course to Archangel, a raving "urbivore." Happily, Hester repents in time to return for the climactic, large-scale clash. Adding several characters to the cast and even giving his leading couple a bit more complexity than standard types are normally allowed, Reeve moves his world-spanning tale briskly along toward what promises to be a second apocalypse. High marks for action and breadth of vision-but urge readers to start with the previous episode, as this one doesn't comfortably stand alone. (Fiction. 12-15)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780606152761
  • Publisher: Demco Media
  • Publication date: 6/1/2012
  • Series: Hungry City Chronicles Series, #2
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 336
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip Reevewas born in Brighton, England, and worked in a bookshop for many years before breaking out and becoming the illustrator of several highly successful children's book series in the United Kingdom. He has been writing since he was five, but Mortal Engines was his first published book. Mr. Reeve now lives on Dartmoor with his wife, Sarah, and their son, Samuel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2005

    Most awesome book in the world

    This book was so perfect, it has everything I ever wanted in a book:adventure, a little romance, and fantasy. I couldn't belive how great a book I'd found, till i started reading it.Everyone should read this book. But please read the first book,Mortal Engines, or this sequel will make no sense.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2013

    Go to res one!!!!!

    Dogs attacking'"!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2013


    In every other book I've read, its pretty much a given that the main character/s is going to survive. Not in this series. I'm on the edge of my seat with worry, just hoping that the characters will all still be alive by the time I reach the last page. New readers beware: Phillip Reeve has no qualms about killing off the main characters.

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  • Posted November 20, 2012

    Was a great continuation to the series. Kept a good pace all thr

    Was a great continuation to the series. Kept a good pace all through it with excitement and twists. I stopped with this book though since the next book doesnt continue with the same characters but their child instead, kind of dissapointed me, but this one ended well enough to beable to stop.

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