Friday, 27 March 2009

Philip Reeve - Fever Crumb (Mortal Engines)

Mr Ripley's Review

Philip Reeve has pulled off writing the prequel to this series. It works as a stand alone prequel novel and superb accompaniment to the Mortal Engines series. This is one of the best books I have read this year. Philip has an amazing ability to write a great book; crafting a story that transports the reader to an imaginary world. The story is fast-paced with exquisite detail encompassing great characters in this fantasy world.
The story centres around the main character "Fever Crumb" who is an odd looking orphan girl. When Fever starts to experience a world outside Godshawk's head, she finds out more then she expects as life has shown no emotion to a girl who is an engineer - and a young one at that.
The tale takes on a great journey, drawing on lots of action. The plot is based around a Victorian theme in London which makes the story come alive. The threads of the plot have been slowly spun together to give great detail. Whilst the ending gives scope for another book to be written in the future. This book gets Five out of Five; one of my best reads of the year - fantasy at its best.

About the book

Fever Crumb is set a generation before the events of Mortal Engines, when cities are just beginning to devour each other. Is the mystery of Fever, adopted daughter of Dr. Crumb, the key to the secret that lies at the heart of London?
Huge armoured fortress are advancing towards London.Buried in the city's past is a terrible secret that may save it from destruction. Only one key can unlock it-an odd-looking orphan named Fever Crumb.


Hungry City Chronicles
1. Mortal Engines (2001)
2. Predator's Gold (2003)
3. Infernal Devices (2005)
4. A Darkling Plain (2006)
5. Fever Crumb (2009) Prequel

Buster Bayliss
4. Custardfinger (2003)
The Big Freeze (2002)
Day of the Hamster (2002)
Night of the Living Veg (2002)

1. Larklight (2006)
2. Starcross (2007)
3. Mothstorm (2008)

Published by Scholastic Children's books - 4 May 2009

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