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Fever Crumb (Mortal Engines Quartet Prequel) Paperback – 7 Jun 2010
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
Fever Crumb was found by an Engineer as an abandoned baby, and now she is the only female Engineer apprentice. Eventually she is sent off to London to work with the archaeologist Kit Solent, who is attempting to uncover a vast vault belonging to the last Scriven king. But Fever's odd appearance and Vulcanesque manner soon raises suspicions among the townspeople, who suspect her of being a Scriven.
For your information, the Scriven were a spotted subspecies who once ruled London with an iron fist. Eventually normal humans rebelled, killed and skinned them alive.
But strangest of all, the Scriven relics seem to be stirring strange memories in Fever's head -- memories that she couldn't possibly have. With the nomadic Movement converging on London and a legendary Scriven-killing Skinner trying to murder her, Fever must discover where her strange memories came from and just who she is. Because as it turns out, her past is intricately linked with London's strange future....
The world of "Fever Crumb" is a sort of steampunk/medieval world, built on the ashes of our present-day civilization. And he has some pretty brilliant ideas for that -- cults that worship "Hari Potter," a brotherhood of rigid Engineers, and even some of the changed language (if you search the streets, you're going "a-googling").Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We love the first books and this is just as good. Fantastic ideas, great names, thumping plot and some truly filmic images.Published 10 months ago by simon
Its a great book, it can be confusing at times but once you get going its very griping and hard to put downPublished 15 months ago by Kindle Customer
This booked is aimed at teenagers but as I adult I still found it a wonderful read.
It is so refreshing to find such an original and nuanced female character as Fever... Read more
Not finished it yet and did find it difficult to start with. Having read the earlier quartet it appeared to me to be a quite different read. Read morePublished on 31 Jan. 2015 by Mr T
this book is amazing if you like adventure and mystery this book is for you. i enjoyed it sooooo much because i am aPublished on 10 July 2014 by Vikki Bell
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 morePublished on 3 Jun. 2014 by Peta