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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Marion Lloyd Books; 1 edition (6 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140711526X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407115269
  • Product Dimensions: 39.6 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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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 JournalPRAISE FOR FEVER CRUMB, BOOK 1 IN THE FEVER CRUMB TRILOGYAn 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 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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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 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. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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Philip Reeve tells these stories with just the right pace and a perfect balance between thrill and wit. The stories are clever enough to surprise you and never unbelievable though the dystopian premise is a little odd. As an adult I thoroughly enjoyed them the whole series but they are most suitable for about 10-16.

My only regrets are the failure of the film to get off the ground and the long gaps between each novel. If you haven't read them, you might also check out the equally brilliant Bartimaeus series by Jonathan Stroud.
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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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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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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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