Predator’s Gold is the sequel to Philip Reeve’s brilliant sf/fantasy adventure, Mortal Engines. Its set in a post-apocalyptic world in which tractionism has evolved cities into huge mobile polities that prey on smaller towns and villages; quite literally survival of the fittest. In Predator’s Gold, Tom Natsworthy and his disfigured girlfriend Hester flee from the destruction of London aboard the dead aviatrix, Anna Fang’s airship. They are pursued by mysterious marauders the Green Storm and take refuge in the legendary ice dwelling city of Anchorage. Madness, jealousy and betrayal follow as forces beyond their control try to rip the away from each other including Uncle and the Lost Boys, Professor Pennyroyal and the Green Storm.
This book is deliciously violent, decent paced and well written. Just like the original, Reeve doesn’t shy away from showing the harsh realities of life. The characters are human in their misunderstandings and silliness, the dangers they face are very real and there is a genuine feeling of threat to the characters lifes. This is good reading regardless of age and I look forward to getting my hands on the next book too.