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Infernal devices
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2006
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Trade Reviews

  Booklist Review

Gr. 7-10. The third exciting book in the Hungry City Chronicles is set nearly 20 years after events in Predator's Gold (2004). Tom and Hester have settled into the isolated, peaceful city of Anchorage, after Wren, their 15-year-old daughter, is bored and wishes to see more of the world, especially the traction cities. When Wren is kidnapped, she discovers that hair-raising adventures are not all they're cracked up to be, and when her parents charge to her rescue, old enemies and new ones block their path. The pace and the violence escalate to a thrilling climax and hint of more battles to come. --Sally Estes Copyright 2006 Booklist

  Kirkus Review

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+) Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
Summary
<p>Nearly twenty years after the city of Anchorage settled down on the shores of the Dead Continent of America, Tom and Hester are leading quiet, peaceful lives. Their wild adventures happened so long ago that they seem like little more than stories told to children -- children such as their own daughter, Wren, who is so exquisitely bored that she'd welcome any sort of excitement. . . .<p>So when a trio of Lost Boys asks her to steal the mysterious and deadly Tin Book of Anchorage, Wren is only too happy to help. But the theft goes wrong, and the Lost Boys steal Wren, too, leaving Tom and Hester no choice: They must abandon their peaceful life and rescue their daughter. Their search will reunite them with enemies they thought they'd left behind forever, will ask of them sacrifices that no parent can make, and will cost one of them everything that matters most.
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