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Scrivener's Moon (Mortal Engines) [Hardcover]

Philip Reeve
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7 April 2011 Mortal Engines
In a future land once known as Britain, nomad tribes are preparing to fight a terrifying enemy - the first-ever mobile city. Before London can launch itself, young engineer Fever Crumb must journey to the wastelands of the North. She seeks the ancient birthplace of the Scriven mutants. In the chaotic weeks before battle begins, Fever finds a mysterious black pyramid. The extraordinary secrets it contains will change her world forever. The seventh awe-inspiring adventure in the World of Mortal Engines series by a superb writer at the height of his powers.


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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Marion Lloyd Books; 1 edition (7 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1407115219
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407115214
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 20.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 404,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Philip Reeve is the creator of one of the most brilliantly inventive worlds in fantasy fiction. He won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize with his Mortal Engines series, as well as the Nestlé Book Prize - Gold Award and the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award. He has been short-listed for the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award and the WH Smith People's Choice Awards. Here Lies Arthur won the prestigious 2008 CILIP Carnegie Medal. Philip Reeve was born and raised in Brighton, where he worked in a bookshop for a number of years while also co-writing, producing and directing a number of theatre projects. He is a talented illustrator and has provided cartoons for many books, including several titles in the Horrible Histories series, and the brilliant Urgum the Axeman books written by Kjartan Poskitt. Philip has been writing stories since he was five, and Mortal Engines was the first to be published.

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PRAISE FOR A WEB OF AIR, BOOK 2 IN THE FEVER CRUMB TRILOGY
[star] "Fever Crumb is back! Imaginative, inventive and exciting."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Reeve's intricately imagined world, combined with a fast-paced plot, offers a rich, rewarding reading experience." --School Library Journal

PRAISE FOR FEVER CRUMB, BOOK 1 IN THE FEVER CRUMB TRILOGY
An Amazon Best Book of the Year, An ALA Notable Children's Book, An ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults, A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, A Kirkus Reviews Best Book for Teens

[star] "Reeve is not just an excellent writer, but a creator with a wildly imaginative mind." --School Library Journal, starred review

[star] "Reeve's captivating flights of imagination play as vital a role in the story as his endearing heroine, hissworthy villains, and nifty array of supporting characters." --Booklist, starred review
[star] "Beautifully written, grippingly paced, and filled with eccentric characters and bizarre inventions (such as foldable assassins made of paper), this is a novel guaranteed to please Reeve's fans-and very likely broaden their ranks." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

About the Author

Philip Reeve is the creator of one of the most brilliantly inventive worlds in fantasy fiction. He won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize with his Mortal Engines series, as well as the Nestlé Book Prize - Gold Award and the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award. He has been shortlisted for the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award and the WH Smith People's Choice Awards. Here Lies Arthur won the prestigious 2008 CILIP Carnegie Medal. Philip Reeve was born and raised in Brighton, where he worked in a bookshop for a number of years while also co-writing, producing and directing a number of theatre projects. He is a talented illustrator and has provided cartoons for many books, including several titles in the Horrible Histories series, and the brilliant Urgum the Axeman books written by Kjartan Poskitt. Philip has been writing stories since he was five, and Mortal Engines was the first to be published.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Mortal Engines back on form 2 April 2011
By JpfA VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Another year, another Mortal Engines prequel. The previous two, Fever Crumb and A Web of Air were OK. They were really quite good when compared to most books out there for teens. The problem was that they just couldn't live up to the pure brilliance, and I say that with conviction, of the original Mortal Engines quartet.

Scrivener's Moon is, without doubt, the strongest prequel yet. It is brilliant. Grander, darker, with more scope, it brings the series back to its roots of long voyages, big showdowns and, of course, hulking great traction cities. The gritty, dirty, noisey cities trapesing across dusty wastelands, heroic battles, and journeys to far off lands, these are the things that made the original books something special, it's what made them great, and it's what makes this new book almost equal to them. Almost.

That's not to say that there weren't flaws, but in truth they were fairly minimal. A few silly jokes made me grimace - mainly place names like Hamster's Heath and Hamsterdam, which felt overly childish - but there were a couple, mostly aimed at older readers, that did make me smile, Mott & Hoople Orphanage being one of note. There was also a little teen angst that I hadn't noticed in the other books, such as Fever, our heroin, getting a little confused with her sexuality and resigning herself to admiring from afar. It didn't bother me much though, and I'm starting to think I'm just nit-picking for the sake of it.

There are some great new editions character wise. Cluny, a headstrong warrior princess afflicted by visions of a terrible future, is likeable and realistic, whilst the strange, seemingly heartless Charley is a great villain - one that you can never quite understand, yet in a weird way feel sorry for.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 2 April 2011
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Fellow Reeves fans have told me that in comparison to the original Mortal Engines Quartet the prequels to that series haven't been as strong.I beg to differ. I've loved Fever Crumb from day one, and loved the scenes in 'Web of Air', but I think with Scrivener Moon a lot of my friends will quit grumbling and finally feel satisfied. This book's darker than the last two prequels and more on par with the grittiness of the Mortal Engines Quartet.

Back with Fever Crumb are her very logical engineer father, Dr Crumb, and her irrational Scriven mother, Wavey. A new character that helps bring this story to life is Cluny, a nomad priestess plagued by visions of the New London. Charley Swallow, who featured in 'Fever Crumb' but not in 'A Web of Air', is back. Here he excels as a villain. He is mercurial, superficial and thoroughly intriguing.

Fever Crumb learns more about the mysterious origins of the Scriven, the mutant humans who ruled London and were then murdered off with the exception of Fever's mother, Wavey. Wavey is the last living Scriven. Fever's journey is a perilous one and in pushing aside some of her unfailing logic -that bravery is not always foolish- she learns more about what is right and wrong.

I don't want to give the plot away, but I can say that this adventure has yet more changes in store for the Crumb family. Anyone, who read about Fever's heartbreak at the end of "Web of Air" is probably wondering if Arlo Thursday makes a reappearance or if Fever falls in love again. Quite a surprise on that count.

Highly recommended read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure brilliance 16 Aug 2011
Format:Paperback
Another outstanding addition to the Mortal Engines cannon, not one to be read as a standalone though as you really do need the context of the other prequels if not necessarily the original(later)three in the series. Fever has proven herself an engaging and emotive heroin and as regular readers will have come to expect the book asks lots of difficult often challenging questions about human nature, morality and social responsibility whilst still maintaining a break neck pace to the satisfying finale. There is also plenty of logical scope for more books set in this always engaging often terrifying always thrilling universe so please Mr Reeve can we have some more?
Just a word of caution the Scholastic paperback addition I read puts this as a 10+ read but I think it would be quite challenge for anybody under 12-13 unless they where very advanced readers, I would recommend waiting that couple of years so that they can fully enjoy it along with similar trilogies like His Dark Materials and Garth Nix, Old Kingdom books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grander yet grittier than the other prequels 15 Aug 2011
Format:Hardcover
The original W.O.M.E (World Of Mortal Engines)quartet is by far my favourite sries of books and so when I heard about the prequels, I was exited and anxious to read 'Fever Crumb' and 'A Web Of Air'. The first was of a high standard, although the hero, Fever Crumb, felt a little clunky and one dimensional. The second, while the character developed a little more, the story line was a little to simple and needed another sub plot, it ended as if the author just didn't quite know what to do with the book. With 'Scriveners Moon' though, the prequels are back on form!
It begins with- after a proloug which I will not spoil for you!-Fever Crumb, her rational father Gideon Crumb and her irational and slightly mad mother Wavey Godshawk returning on a Land Barge to London which is slowly yet surely being transformed into a lumbering city on huge rolling wheels, the very first Traction City! As Wavey and Fever find out though, as they embark on a journey to find an ominous black piramid which houses Stalker technology, not EVERYONE wants New London built...
With the first two books in the new quartet aimed at slightly younger children, I was a little shocked to find Wavey slitting men's throats with a razor sharp hair pin before being sliced in two by the menacing Stalker Shrike. Definitely more visceral and violent than it's predecessors. The book is faster paced the other prequels and FINALLY shows Fever discarding rationality and becoming adventurous (that makes it a lot easier to empathize with her). Unike 'A Web Of Air' which dragged on a little, this book flows and feels so much grander and epic. There is even quite an impressive battle scene not long before the novels conclusion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic author
The Mortal Engines series is probably one of the best crossover series ever written. Philip Reeves combines excitement, tension and light horror in plots that are interesting and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Peta
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly outstanding teenage science fantasy series
Philip Reeve tells these stories with just the right pace and a perfect balance between thrill and wit. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Hfffoman
3.0 out of 5 stars It "Ok"
I am a big fan of Philip Reeve, having loved all the mortal engines stories growing up, so i was delighted when I head out he was writing a prequel series. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Oscar
4.0 out of 5 stars Still Good
I love Philip Reeve's concepts and this is a great adjunct to his Mortal Engines books. I'm still waiting for more.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars well writen
A good book for late teen or adult. Well written and moorish, read one and you're hooked.It is fantasy but you want to read more
Published 10 months ago by Ray Carpenter
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but could be better.
I've been reading Philip Reeve's Mortal engines books since high school (now 24) and since they were so amazing I've been reading the new prequel books too among the adult books I... Read more
Published 14 months ago by ThatBoyLuke
5.0 out of 5 stars Final Fever Crumb book
The first book in the series, Fever Crumb, kept me hooked throughout my time reading it. The engaging storyline and brilliant plot made it a real page-turner. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Henry
5.0 out of 5 stars Out of this world...
This is the third prequel to the original Mortal Engines quartet and once again features Fever Crumb as the heroine. Read more
Published 18 months ago by DN PERKS
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read but not quite as brilliant as Mortal Engines
I loved the original Mortal Engines series and enjoyed the sequels so far. The problem with bringing Fever crumb back to London and starting the city moving is that those who have... Read more
Published 22 months ago by joyfrankie
5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy end to this trilogy
I am a fan of the mortal engine series and rate them as some of the best books of this type produced in recent times. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Jack M
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