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Predator's Gold (Predator Cities Book 2) (English Edition) Kindle-editie
* Exciting and visually descriptive. -- School Library Journal, starred review
A page-turner, this adventure in a city-eat-city world will have readers eagerly suspending disbelief to follow the twists and turns of the imaginative plot. -- Booklist
Big, brave, brilliant. -- Guardian (UK)
* Reeve's [Mortal Engines Quartet] remains a landmark of visionary... imagination. -- School Library Journal, starred review
Phenomenal... violent and romantic, action-packed and contemplative, funny and frightening. -- Sunday Times (UK) --Deze tekst verwijst naar een alternatieve kindle_edition editie.
Het bloedstollende vervolg op Mortal Engines!
Nu de grote tractiestad Londen compleet vernietigd is, reizen Tom Natsworthy en Hester Shaw rond in hun luchtschip. Dan wordt hun schip beschoten door gevechtsschepen. Op de vlucht voor de grimmige vliegeniers van de Groene Storm bereiken ze net op tijd de ijsstad Anchorage. Maar Anchorage is niet veilig meer. De stad is verwoest door een plaag en wordt door dieven – of misschien wel geesten – achtervolgd. Om te overleven zet Anchorage koers naar het Dode Continent. Maar die weg is niet zonder gevaar.
In dit adembenemende vervolg op zijn bekroonde en verfilmde Mortal Engines dompelt Philip Reeve lezers opnieuw onder in een meedogenloze en angstaanjagend geloofwaardige wereld waarin steden elkaar opeten, verraad heel gewoon is en loyaliteit de enige overlevingskans biedt.--Deze tekst verwijst naar een alternatieve kindle_edition editie.
- ASIN : B005DXNEMU
- Uitgever : Marion Lloyd Books; 1e editie (7 juni 2011)
- Taal : Engels
- Bestandsgrootte : 1825 KB
- Tekst-naar-spraak : Ingeschakeld
- Verbeterd lettertype : Ingeschakeld
- X-Ray : Ingeschakeld
- Word Wise : Ingeschakeld
- Printlengte : 346 pagina's
- Plaats in bestsellerlijst: #51,817 in Kindle Store (Top 100 in bekijkenKindle Store)
Beste recensies uit andere landen
When Peter Jackson’s 2018 Mortal Engines movie was released it was panned by the critics for being a “Steampunk Star Wars”. This lead many of us Steam Punk AND Star Wars fans to ask – “what is wrong with that!?”. (I cannot comment on which aspects of the film drew this comparison having missed the cinematic release of Mortal Engines.) It is interesting reading “Predator’s Gold” with the Star Wars reference in mind. Once you notice it the comparison is fair. The two universes are completely different with different stories and characters – the similarity is not there. This is no a copy-cat. The similarities are more in the spirit of the two adventures – the way the story is told. Both adopt the same frenetic narrative pace, each has a small set of heroes who overcome implausible odds, both rely upon swash-bucking pirate-types, both make a beat-up-old-pile-of-junk-ship part of the team, each chooses to lavishly detail an unfamiliar alien world[s] (even if that world is Earth of the far future), each has a hook about a mystery father relationship and yes, each has a smattering of (ahem) killer robots.. Thankfully Reeve’s books still invoke the passion of “A New Hope” and not the let-down of the later movies. If you wish to relive the thrill of that classic original 1976 thriller then you will probably enjoy the Predator Cities collection.
As you would expect the book is aimed at young adults….However the relentless pace of the narrative seldom leaves time for the more mature reader to dwell upon the obvious plot flaws, the implausible laws of physics and the dangerously under-developed characters. Yup, it is completely nuts. But so was Star Wars. Harrison Ford famously thought the George Lucas was churning out a silly sci fi story for kids during filming. Yet it became a phenomenon. It is of no surprise that Predator Cities and its prequels have drawn such a loyal fan base. No doubt many of them flocked to the cinema in 2018 for the movie was more popular with audiences than critics. And that matters. This is pure entertainment.
As much as I enjoyed this as it added to their character development, at times, it did feel like I was reading a romance novel rather than a fantasy/sci-fi novel. Despite this, I enjoyed the overall story and it ended well leading onto the next book in the series which I will no doubt be picking up next!
The residents of Anchorage tell stories of ghosts in the underbelly of the city and things are going missing from the houses and the palace and Freya takes the decision to move the city to the lost continent of America, where Pennyroyal has written of green areas surviving the Sixty Minute War. As an increasingly insecure Hester watches Tom and Freya draw closer together, Anchorage is sought by both the Green Storm and the city of Arkangel and Hester is driven to a desperate act that threatens everyone.
Reeves goes deeper into the emotional complexity of Hester in this book and in particular, her love for Tom, which is all consuming, not least because she believes it offers her a chance of redemption and her reaction to the threat posed by the selfish and naive Freya is a human one. Tom, by contrast, retains his naivety and if his attraction to Freya is dealt with a little too cursorily and his sudden irritation with Hester heart breaking, the desperation that drives his actions through the second half of the novel is all too believable.
The bitter Saytha returns, having resurrected Anna Fang into the Stalker Fang who she believes can lead all the Anti-Tractionists to victory against the cities. New characters are also introduced, notably the Lost Boys, burglars from the watery city of Grimsby who attach themselves to cities and use their spider cams to find things to steal. However Reeves loses none of his ruthlessness and his death count remains high, particularly towards the end when Hester's desperation brings bloody consequences.
The pace remains incredibly fast and the action unrelenting. It's a thoroughly enjoyable read from start to finish and I can't wait to read the next in this series.
Beoordeeld in het Verenigd Koninkrijk op 23 december 2020