Book review: Predator’s Gold by Philip Reeve

Cover of the book Predator's Gold by Philip ReeveI just finished reading the second book in the Mortal Engines series called Predator’s Gold. It was a really good addition to the first book, and I enjoyed quite a bit. I’m still in love with the world of Mortal Engines because it has a slightly silly feel to it as a futuristic dystopian novel. I always get a kick out of what the future dwellers think of the stuff that happened before the 60-minute war.

Book two picks up a couple of years after the events of the first book. Tom and Hester have become aviators and fly around trading with others and exploring the world. Things are going well for them until they are discovered by a faction of the anti-traction league and become a target. While trying to escape, their airship becomes damaged, and they end up taking refuge on the traction city Anchorage. It’s there that Tom starts to feel at home and Hester fears that she may lose Tom as he comes to love the city.

Predator’s Gold has some nice action in it almost right off at the start. The new characters introduced in this book are quite fascinating. I especially like the citizens of Anchorage and the crazy Professor Pennyroyal and his outlandish adventures. I was surprised to see a character from the first book return that I wasn’t expecting. I won’t mention who it is because I think it is a nice surprise. And much like the first book, Tom and Hester find themselves fighting for their lives a few different times.

I would definitely recommend this book to those who enjoy dystopian novels and partial love stories. Read the first book before this one though. I feel like there is some stuff the reader requires to truly understand some of the events in the second one, but that isn’t too bad because then you get to enjoy two books!

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Finished the Mortal Engines book

I’m glad I spotted the “based on the novels by Philip Reeve” at the end of the movie, Mortal Engines. I had never heard of the book until I saw that line in the movieBook cover of Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve. I decided it might be fun to read, and I am glad I made that choice. The book offers so much more that the movie misses, but I’m okay with that. Different formats offer different experiences and the movie is quite different from the book past the initial few chapters.

I still get a kick out of these cities and towns driving around on large wheels with massive motors looking for other cities and towns to consume as a way to gather resources. That is why I made the choice to see the movie which led me to the book. I’m glad the book had more of that with a variety of cities, towns, and suburbs that roam around. The story is an intriguing one where the male protagonist, Tom, ends up off of his home town of London and tries everything he can do to get back. He travels alongside Hester because he has no one else at first and then slowly comes to like her. Hester wants to get back to London to finish the job she started when Tom and her first met.

If you have seen the movie, I really think you should read the book. I understand Mortal Engines is actually the start of a series, so I do plan to read the next one and see where the adventure goes beyond the first book (and movie). 10/10 would read again!

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