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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Age Range: - 10 years
  • Publisher: Marion Lloyd Books; 1 edition (1 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1407115200
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407115207
  • Product Dimensions: 39.9 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
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"From the rubble of a broken world, mixing ancient tech with old-fashioned derring-do, comes another splendid adventure from Philip Reeve."-Scott Westerfeld, author of Leviathan and Behemoth

[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...this is a novel guaranteed to please Reeve's fans-and very likely broaden their ranks." - Publishers Weekly, starred review

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Praise for Fever Crumb

"From the rubble of a broken world, mixing ancient tech with old-fashioned derring-do, comes another splendid adventure from Philip Reeve."-Scott Westerfeld, author of Leviathan and Behemoth

[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...this is a novel guaranteed to please Reeve's fans-and very likely broaden their ranks." - Publishers Weekly, starred review

--Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.

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 Library Binding edition.


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Format: Hardcover
I started to read the first Mortal Engines Quartet when I was about 14/15 and at the time I thought it was brilliant- the quartet was easily my favourite story. Now Fever Crumb and A Web of Air have arrived I'm extremely pleased and after reading them I'm not disappointed, the story's just as good if not more intriguing than the first four now its being revealed how the cities began to move. The setting of A Web of Air- the city of Mayda- is a great place just to read about and picture in the mind, the main character Fever Crumb has become a much more engaging character since the last story and the machine Arlo builds is brilliant. The story is rich and beautiful and thoroughly enjoyable- highly recommended!
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This is the first of Philip Reeve's Mortal Engines books that I have read, and I suspect I've started with one of his weaker novels. The opening was promising, with the giant wave overcomng the island. The young boy Arlo seemed interesting, with his ability to communicate with the fascinating "Angels", the gull-like intelligent birds that have largely lost their ability to use human speech. For me then, it was slightly disappointing to discover that Fever Crumb, the young engineer from London, was the central character in the story, and that for the first half at least, Arlo takes a back seat.

The author spends some time introducing the Lyceum and its inhabitants, the theatre barge on which Fever acts as the stage lighting engineer, even though they feature very little in the second half of the book. When the action gets going however, this author is at his best. The funicular houses of Magda-at-the-World's-End provide a great setting for a chase across the rooftops.

Without giving away the ending, all I can say is that it was a little disappointing. One of the main villains was a bit too obviously a bad guy under cover from almost the start of the book. Whilst it clearly left room for further development in later books, this book ended up feeling like an interlude in a larger story. Some of the ending also felt a bit contrived to me, as though the author was making his characters act out of character to achieve the ending he had chosen. If you're a fan, then doubtless as this book is part of a series, you will read it and enjoy it, but it probably isn't the best book to start with if you are new to Philip Reeve. Having said that, there was enough here to leave me feeling that the first four books in the "Mortal Engines" would be worth reading, and that perhaps I just needed to have read them first to get that little bit more out of this one.
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By E. A. Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Feb. 2012
Format: Hardcover
The Downsizing left knowledge and technology hopelessly crippled -- including the complete loss of flight technology.

So guess what "A Web of Air" is all about! The sequel to Philip Reeve's "Fever Crumb" takes our Engineer heroine into an unfamiliar land, and confronts her with the greed, ignorance and cruelty that hampers scientific development. There's a palpable sadness and bittersweetness to the tale, which is marred only by hints of anti-religious bias.

Two years have passed since Fever, Fern and Ruan left London behind them, and the Engineer girl has been working at Persimmon's Ambulatory Lyceum (a traveling theater). But while they are staying in the city of Mayda, Fever encounters a tiny glider. The glider leads her to the eccentric young inventor Arlo Thursday, who is trying to create a flying machine.

Unfortunately, there are people in Mayda who are after Arlo -- some want to steal his inventions for themselves, while a shadowy figure wants to destroy anyone who attempts flight. And even as Fever begins to fall in love with Arlo, she finds that she may not be able to trust anyone else -- and the greatest treachery may come from where she least expects it.

"A Web of Air" is a rather tragic book -- betrayals, teen love, conspiracy and a lost technology that might be destined to STAY lost. In fact, the entire novel is imbued with the glimpses of a world that has not only been lost, but forgotten or relegated to myth. For instance, a popular folk legends tells of Niall Strong-arm, the man who romanced the moon goddess in his fiery chariot.

Reeve also shows us a darker side of his postapocalyptic steampunk world, which is changing radically as London acquires its new wheels and structures.
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By Book Gannet TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Jun. 2010
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Fever Crumb is a rational girl. Born and raised amid the strict Order of Engineers, she doesn't believe in nonsense like Gods or romance. But when she arrives on the island city of Mayda and hears about Arlo Thursday's attempts to fly... well, that is something she can believe in.

Reclusive, secretive Arlo has no interest in the progress of science or the world, he just wants to fly. The only problem is that several other people want to as well, and they'll do anything to get their hands on his work. But they're not half as dangerous as the ones who wish to destroy it.

Set in a ruined world of lost technology and forgotten history, this latest offering in Reeve's MORTAL ENGINES saga is full of delightfully recognisable details - Niall Strong-Arm, the astro-knight who flew to the moon, Good King Elvis, shiny Hobb's Caps used to reflect light - dropped in amongst new, imaginative features - the moving funicular houses, the talking gull-like angels. All of which form a rich background for the story to take place on.

Fever, despite her coldly rational outlook, is surprisingly likeable, unable to bury her enthusiasm and determination to succeed, and slowly moving away from the strict rules she was raised with. Arlo too grows through the story, relaxing from a suspicious adult to become the young man he might have been had things been different.

Full of discoveries and danger, with hints of theatricality, betrayal and murder, this is intelligent, imaginative and most importantly thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish. The ending leaves you in no doubt that this is part of an ongoing series, and now the question is... what will Fever Crumb do next?
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