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Title:
Predator's gold
ISBN:
9780060721930

9780060721947

9781338201130

9780060721961
Personal Author:
Edition:
1st American ed.
Publication Information:
New York : EOS, 2004.
Physical Description:
325 pages ; 24 cm.
General Note:
Sequel to: Mortal engines.
Summary:
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.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader/Renaissance Learning UG 6.5 14.

Accelerated Reader AR MG+ 6.5 14 82589.

Reading Counts RC High School 7.1 19 Quiz: 36441 Guided reading level: NR.

Accelerated Reader MG+ 6.5 14.0 82589.
Electronic Access:
Table of contents http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip0414/2003025435.html
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950L Lexile
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Summary

In this breathtaking sequel to his acclaimed, award-winning "Mortal Engines," Philip 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.


Reviews 4

School Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Publisher's Weekly Review

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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Horn Book Review

(Middle School, High School) In Mortal Engines (rev. 11/03) Reeve unveiled a futuristic society of ""traction cities"" that roam the post-Apocalyptic earth, capturing and dismantling smaller cities for their resources. Reeve also revealed himself as a master swashbuckler with a cinematic eye, keeping the action tuned to a fever pitch of excitement and not afraid to demand painful sacrifices of both his characters and his readers. Predator's Gold follows lovers Tom Natsworthy and Hester Shaw on their airship exploits to the traction city of Anchorage, where Tom gets his head turned by the city's lovely margravine, causing jealous, disfigured Hester to betray Anchorage to a killer predator city. Intrigue comes in the form of the machinations of the Anti-Traction League (most horrifyingly, the resurrection of the previous book's beloved, slain Anna Fang as a merciless Stalker, a human-machine abomination); meanwhile, skulking parasite-pirates are preying on the city. With mobile cities, burrowing ice submarines, volatile airships, and mechanical Stalkers, the technological wizardry will gratify young sci-fi gearheads, while the intense emotions drive the thrilling plot at top speed until the battle-royale finish. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.


Booklist Review

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 Copyright 2004 Booklist