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This review is from: Scrivener's Moon (Mortal Engines) (Hardcover)
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.