PREDATOR’S GOLD by Philip Reeve
Series: Mortal Engines Quartet, #2
Published: May 4th 2009 by Scholastic U.K.
I finished this book a couple of days ago and I’ve been trying to decide whether or not I should write a review. It’s been a while since I have written one, so I decided to just sit down and write since I currently have a bit of extra time.
For those of you who aren’t aware, I am a huge Philip Reeve fan ever since I read FEVER CRUMB during my internship at Scholastic Press. I finally got my hands on a copy of the Mortal Engines Quartet through my grandmother in the U.K. because it is very difficult to find them in the U.S. at the moment….
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.
I absolutely loved reading about Tom and Hester in MORTAL ENGINES so it was such a treat to follow the characters in their next adventure. I loved the setting of Anchorage. Philip Reeve’s descriptions are so vivid – I can easily picture everything. Furthermore, I loved reading more about the World of Mortal Engines. There is just so many things to learn about how our world has evolved since the Sixty-Minute War. The world Reeve has created is riveting. The entire series definitely make me ask myself: what if this were to really happen?
Honestly, I felt like I couldn’t give this book as much attention as I wanted to. I love the World of Mortal Engines so there is no denying that I enjoyed reading it, but I felt like I would have enjoyed it more if I was able to sit down and just read it straight through. Unfortunately, with my current workload and schedule that just was not possible, and I had to resort to reading a couple of chapters every other day.
Still, I love the series and I will continue on with the rest. PREDATOR’S GOLD was exactly what I was expecting. I am already in the middle of Infernal Devices and I am also enjoying it tremendously. Philip Reeve is a fantastic writer who will keep you hooked ’til the very end! Readers who love science fiction and/or steampunk will truly enjoy this read.