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Fever Crumb (Mortal Engines Quartet Prequel) Paperback – 7 Jun 2010

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Age Range: 10 - 16 years
  • Publisher: Marion Lloyd Books; 1 edition (7 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1407102435
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407102436
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 342,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Philip Reeve is the bestselling author of the Predator Cities quartet and the award-winning Fever Crumb series. His other books include the highly acclaimed HERE LIES ARTHUR and NO SUCH THING AS DRAGONS. He lives in Dartmoor, England with his wife and son. Visit him online at philip-reeve.com. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Format: Hardcover
Fever Crumb is a great book... with a rather silly name.

And I think that's probably the most disappointing part of the book. The others in the series are named Mortal Engines (taken from Othello), Predators Gold, Infernal Devices and A Darkling Plain (from a Matthew Arnold poem) which I believe are all great titles, yet Fever Crumb sounds a bit silly when compared.

However, as this is not a direct prequel and more just a book set in the same world I don't suppose it matters that much.

Fever Crumb is the main character in the book and it is her quest to find out who she really is. Along the way she will meet murderous Skinners (a group who helped over throw the previous dictatorship of the 'patchskins') insane Stalkers (cyborg soldiers) and the first of the Traction Cities.

Fast paced and full of action Fever Crumb is not a book that is easy to put down, but truth be told you probably wont need to put it down as it is sadly quite short. Fever is likeable, as are the other good characters, whilst the baddies are suitably frightening, but I cant help but feel its aimed at a slightly younger audience than the previous 4.

All in all this is a fun and exciting book which, although not as good as the other 4, is still a worthy addition to the series.
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Format: Hardcover
Having considered the Mortal Engines quartet to be as good as Philip Pullmans work, I was a little concerned a prequel might be a marketing mans idea- Mortal Engines really extends the range of what childrens fiction can do so why on earth cash in with a prequel "set centuries before the events of Mortal Engines". I am delighted to say my fears were unfounded. Reeve's new book is a wonderfully witty but also haunting and elegiac story that manages both to tell a rip-roaring, well paced story whilst also creating a world his readers will recognize and another fabulous set of characters that come off the page with real verve and drive. There are great jokes that will please his adult readers as well as colour and excitement aplenty for younger fans. Fever Crumb has an almost Dickensian resonance, whilst also managing to combine adventure, comedy and sure footed plotting with an ease that still astounds. Philip Reeve can be proud of his achievement. The prequel label ignores the fact that the story stands up in its own right and is a worthy introduction to the rest of the books. Crumbs, its good. My only caveat is the hardback editions huge hole on the cover which is rough to the hand and makes the book occasionally difficult to hold...however, there are no holes in the storytelling- Fever Crumb rocks!
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Format: Hardcover
if this was a completely new book instead of a prequal to the mortal engines books i'd have given it 5 stars but having read all the other books in the series i know what Phillip Reeve is capable of and i just felt there was something missing, i cant even tell what it is but somethings missing :P
having said that the book is a great read and almost up to the other books standards, the characters are great and its amazing to learn some of the back stories to London in the books and some of the characters we already know, it's funny, dark and addictive but if i have one complaint its this, i find it funny when in the books things and places from our time are said wrong e.g st pickleel circus instead of picadilli or st kylie but he did go a bit overboard in this book, oh and at first i thought the title was stupid but once you know what it means it makes sense =S
its all good though and i hope this is just the start of a new mortal engines series based on Fever Crumb and i hope we dont have to wait long for the next :D
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I was excited to find that Philip Reeve had returned to the world he created in the Mortal Engines stories; they are in my view some of the most original ideas in recent years. This offering didn't disappoint.

As a prequel this book starts to explain how the world of the traction cities came about and to bridge the gap between the world we know and that distant future the author has created. As usual Philip Reeve has created characters who are engaging and through them he unfolds the story in a way that keeps one interested through to the last page. The clever and sometimes subtle nods to our world are amusing and remind us that just as the past has been lost and distorted by the passage of time so what we take for granted now will also be lost in the future. What will people make in the future of our cultural references!

There were a few aspects that were not as clear as they might have been; the plot got a bit convoluted. For that I have only given 4 stars but still a good read.
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When does a prequel then extend an original series, ( in this instance the Mortal Engines Quartet ), and when is it just a stand-alone companion? Well, I don't know, although I do think of the Quartet now a Quintet I also take other reviewers' points that it is really on its Todd.

Ok, minor muse/digression over, this is a great book. Philip Reeve brings a serious story to you in such a delightfully light, witty style, it is almost a paradox. You can be still on the dregs of a worthy chuckle when next thing someone is dead. But, I do stress. this is not a comedy as such.

The story involves a foundling, a baby named Fever, who grows up with the most practical of all breeds, the Order of Engineers. This is set in London, eons, ( well, centuries but eons sounds better ) before the main stories of the Quartet. But there are similarities as it is still well beyond our own time and cities are at least isolated grand fortresses even if not to the degree later on.

We are brought into the tale not too long after a civil uprising rids the city of its tyrannical rulers, the Scriven, these are a highly intelligent race who do not believe themselves to be human as we are, Homo Superior they jokingly refer to themselves. But their tyranny finally sees something snap and they were duly despatched by otherwise ordinary Londoners, who rise up and reclaim their city. But, and I know not everyone likes these too much in books ( myself I don't care a jot as long as it's still a good read ), the use of many flashbacks for certain characters let's us in on the time of Scriven rule, thus allowing greater understanding of current events.
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