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From the Hungry City Chronicles series, volume 3

by Philip Reeve

Age Range: 12 & up

Pub Date: June 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-06-082635-5
Publisher: Eos/HarperCollins

Some 16 years after the city of Anchorage, with Tom Natsworthy and Hester Shaw aboard, found refuge by grounding itself on the shores of North America (Predator’s Gold, 2004), its peace is disturbed. While Tom has thrived, Hester has found that her constitution, forged in violence, does not accept calm easily. Their teenaged daughter Wren chafes at the lack of action, so different from her parents’ stories. So when the Lost Boys appear out of her parents’ past, she happily steals the fabled Tin Book of Anchorage for them—and in no short order is captured and sold into slavery on the pleasure raft-city of Brighton, with Tom and Hester in hot pursuit. Wren has plunged into a terrifying world, in which the Green Storm, led by the Stalker Fang, busily makes war on those traction cities that are left, and the Tin Book is the animated corpse’s next target. The futuristic setting is remorselessly harsh: Mercy is a hot commodity, and a potential liability. Brighton’s fiery end paves the way for the concluding volume in this extraordinary series, which tests both protagonists and readers to their utmost. (Fiction. 12+)