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by Philip Reeve

A stunning, new novel by master storyteller Philip Reeve.Fever Crumb is a girl who has been adopted and raised by Dr. Crumb, a member of the order of Engineers, where she serves as apprentice. In a time and place where women are not seen as reasonable creatures, Fever is an anomaly, the only female to serve in the order. Soon though, she must say goodbye to Dr. Crumb-nearly the only person she's ever known-to assist archeologist Kit Solent on a top-secret project. As her work begins, Fever is plagued by memories that are not her own and Kit seems to have a particular interest in finding out what they are. Fever has also been (cont'd)
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ISBN: 054522215X
ISBN13: 978-0545222150
Category: Teen
Subcategory: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Author: Philip Reeve
Language: English
Publisher: Scholastic Press; Reprint edition (March 1, 2011)
Pages: 336 pages
ePUB size: 1570 kb
FB2 size: 1997 kb
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 826
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I started reading this series when I heard that Peter Jackson was going to film some of the books. After reading the first two volumes, I understand why. Unique vision of an apocalyptic future society, interesting characters who develop over time and fascinating plot twists. I highly recommend this series to anyone interested in sci-fi or Steampunk.
This is one of two prequels to the HUNGRY CITIES set of four novels. The other prequel, which continues the story of Fever Crumb, is A WEB OF AIR. This first adventure of young Fever takes place several thousand years before the HUNGRY CITIES events. We see such things as the origin of traction cities, the origin of the London Engineers Guild, and even the origin of probably the most popular character in the HUNGRY CITIES novels, as well as the beginnings of lighter-than-air aviation in this distant future where almost all technology has been lost.

Reading over the many reviews of this novel on (where it has been available for a year), I found that most reviewers had two complaints: (1) the deliberately weird names of many of the characters was distracting; and (2) the novel has a very uneven pace with little happening until midway, when the revelations and action start coming thick and fast.

I found two problems that somewhat hampered my enjoyment. First, the main character, Fever Crumb, is lacking in both personality and initiative, and is almost entirely passive until the very end of the novel. Since the story is about her, this places a void right in the center of the novel. The other problem I had was that a major character, Kit Solent, seems to know things that he is not in a position to know... such as that Fever may have access to the memories of the last mutant ruler of London, Auric Godshawk, and know the secrets of his final inventions. How can Solent know this, when Fever's mother (who shows up late in the novel) and Fever's father, both of whom worked closely with Godshawk, don't know it? Unless Reeve dropped a brief, elliptic hint that I missed (and he does do such things), there is no explanation within the novel, and no possible explanation given the circumstances set forth during the novel.

Another disappointment for me was that previously-mentioned origin story given for a major character in the Hungry Cities quartet. In a sense, the story tells us too much... I would have preferred that this character's early life (or rather living death) remain mostly a mystery.

But these are quibbles. On balance, this is an excellent, well-written and continually interesting novel. I hope A WEB OF AIR will allow Fever Crumb to develop some personality and initiative... perhaps the existence of this second chapter in her saga is the reason the author dials Fever's human-interest quotient so very far back in the present adventure.
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Great for middle grade reading levels. Fever Crumb is a delicious post-apocalyptic novel about a girl in search of her own history. But this book is not chick lit--far from it. The protagonist is a delightful blend of reserve, compassion, and wisdom that suggests a new female character type that will appeal to boys as well as girls. Appropriate for advanced readers in junior high, this book will also be enjoyed by adults. It's cool in a Neil Gaiman meets Hugo way, with magical creatures and lots of adventure while also building awareness about problems of prejudice, stereotype, and violence in contemporary life.
This is the first book of a trilogy prequel to the young adult Predator Cities series. We read it in my monthly SF/F book discussion group. I was intrigued by the vision of the post-apocalyptic steam punk future where people scrounge on the remnants of the previous techno world, re-learning the laws of nature and technology, as the world is sliding into a new ice age. Intrigued me sufficiently that I am checking out the rest of the series.
If you have read the Mortal engines series, you know what to expect from Philip Reeves. What you get here is a glimpse into the past and answers to some of the questions "Who was Shrike?", Why was the ship called the "Jenny Haniver. A fascinating read in itself. Fever Crumb stands out as one of those books you could read as a kid, but will enjoy more as an adult. Loved it!!
The characters are well developed, the story lines are solid and interesting. Reeve has a novel way of turning phrase and plot
as an adult I do not usually think of reading books created for children but as a sci fi fan I will cast an eye over most things, when a pupil was telling of this world of moving cities and adventures I gave it a go. I am hooked, the wrtiing style is delightful, the characters are great and the adventures mind blowing. the world of mortal engines is fantastic well thought out with robot zombie armies, mutants, eco warriors, air roads with air ships in a post apocolyptic future and cities that roam the planet looking for resources and eating smaller cities and towns. A must read for all ages I cannot praise this series of books enough.
I have very mixed feeling about the book. I find it both intriguing and confusing. The world building is a mess. It supposed to be some very distant version of post-apocalyptic London; but no background is given, no time line, no explanation for the nature of Downsizing. The mish mash of misplaced culture references is quite funny at the start of the book, but without background loses credibility as the narrative goes. At some point I learned that the trilogy is actually the prequel to Reeve’s The Hungry City Chronicles series and probably things explained there. In this case it’s a pity Fever Crumb fails to stand 100% independently. World building is always the most important thing for me; so in my view it is a big mishit to portrait Future society as basically Victorian era mob with limited access to 21 century technology. Speaking of which I don’t get why people consider the book as Steampunk. Nothing there is powered by steam.
The main character is nice. It’s hard to relate to her due to her Order obsession with suppressing feelings. Also because she is too young and I didn’t spotted lots of character growth there.
And yet in overall there is something about the whole thing that makes me want to continue reading.