Review: Predator’s Gold by Philip Reeve


Tom and Hester are in danger.

Pursued by 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 ghosts, the city is barely lurching along. And savage Huntsmen are closing in. Surrounded by danger, Tom and Hester struggle as jealousy threatens to destroy them and the city.

In a desperate bid for survival, the young ruler of Anchorage sets a course for the Dead Continent: America.


Pre-review warning: This is the sequel to Mortal Engines so you are warned that this review is likely to have spoilers for book 1 but I URGE you to go read the first one.  It’s a good ‘un.

Set about 2 years about the end of Mortal Engines we are back to follow the adventures and travels of Tom and Hester as they fly above the moving cities and trying to survive without catching too many people’s eye and just being happy if they can.  Fate seems to have other plans for them because it isn’t long that they find themselves part of another adventure that could cost them more than just their home.  It’ll risk their relationship and their lives but will either survive? DUN DUN DUH!

The Master of suspense and drama Philip Reeve returns to this world with another whirl wind story that is yet again that fabulous mix of making me laugh, gasp and woop with delight.  They are just unfolding into a series of books that I love and I’m glad yet again to have the next one to hand so I can start it at my leisure.  You become part of this world and the story and I think that I am Hester in some form.  She’s this fantastical broken girl that has such fight and spunk about her personality but when combined with Tom she let’s part of her vulnerable side slip out and shows him the scars inside rather than just the external ones.  She rocks my socks off.  I’m not even wearing socks right now but I’d put some on just so she could rock them off.  FACT.

The intricate worlds and politics created by Philip Reeve are vital to holding his wonderful characters together and tearing them apart in the most dramatic of fashions.  He doesn’t do things by halves and makes bad people slightly nobel and the good more dirty than a hero should be.  No one is clean cut and perfect. There is darkness lurking in humanity and it’s up to us to see the grey areas as well as the black and white.

A must have dystopian series for the bookshelf.

Published by Scholastic UK and is available here and book shops now

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