“Welcome to the astounding world of Predator Cities! Emerging from its hiding place in the hills, the great Traction City is chasing a terrified little town across the wastelands. Soon London will feed. In the attack, Tom Natsworthy is flung from the speeding city with a murderous scar-faced girl. They must run for their lives through the wreckage–and face a terrifying new weapon that threatens the future of the world.”
Predator’s Gold by Philip Reeves is Book 2 in the Mortal Engines Quartet. I knew roughly what to expect when going into Book 1, however, book 2 was a complete surprise to me and I had no idea how they were going to pick up from the ending of Mortal Engines. I will admit that I wasn’t fully into this book from the beginning. There wasn’t something that grabbed me and the romance that first appeared between Tom and Hester actually disappointed me, as I liked their weird friendship in book 1, so seeing this instantly at the start of Predator’s Gold, was disappointing to me. Book 2 does take place years later from the ending of the previous, so they do have all this time alone together, but it just seemed so predictable when you have just a male and female character.
The storyline did seem lacking to begin with and took me a while to get into it, which was disappointing. I felt myself skimming over the first third of the book, only finding certain parts entertaining or enticing me enough to keep me reading. However, I don’t know what it was, but I did finally get back into this book and got really into it and started really enjoying it again. Reeves does a great job when it comes to describing the world around and the characters themselves, which makes getting into this new fantasy/sci-fi world that much easier!
There was un-needed difficulty with this book that was unnecessary, that seems like it was just put in place in order to move characters and to continue on with the plot, aka, a weird ‘not’ love triangle. There were moments when I really disliked Tom within this book because of things he thought, that seemed so unlike his character, making me then feel sorry for Hester.
That ending though is what made this book for me and has now made me so excited to started book 3 in this Quartet, Infernal Devices.