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Fever Crumb (Fever Crumb #1)

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  5,442 ratings  ·  703 reviews
Fever Crumb is a girl who has been adopted and raised by Dr. Crumb, a member of the order of Engineers, where she serves as apprentice. In a time and place where women are not seen as reasonable creatures, Fever is an anomaly, the only female to serve in the order.

Soon though, she must say goodbye to Dr. Crumb - nearly the only person she's ever known - to assist archeolog
Hardcover, 326 pages
Published May 5th 2009 by Scholastic (first published May 4th 2009)
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It's an odd world we live in, is it not? Otherwise how can Philip Reeve write about using 'Cheesers Chrice' as a curse and 'blogger' as an insult? Or about people who think a persisting skin mutation is a sign of racial superiority and then those who hunt them out of jealousy but say it's in the name of peace? And what about those technomancers who play with dials and screws while chanting to the machines like they're gods? So many things that Reeve presents to us are written in such a way that ...more
Nov 10, 2010 AH rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Steampunk lovers, young adult
Lately a lot of people have been lamenting the state of young adult novels. The heroine is too stupid, the parents are absent, the boyfriend or love interest wants to kill the heroine. None of that nonsense is prevalent in this book. Instead, we are treated to an original story about a very special girl in a very imaginative world.

Fever Crumb is the story of a girl named Fever. Fever was found by Dr. Crumb when she was an infant. He brought her to his home and into the Order of Engineers. Fever
Honestly, it’s more like a 2.5 stars. It’s not badly written but it is not my thing. This is my second book by Reeve, who is considered a steampunk master, but I didn’t really like either of them that much and I do see things repeating in his stories (very depressing far-future dystopias and cities that walk around under their own power).

Fever, however, is an interesting character which is why I even finished the book. Fever Crumb it the titular character, a fourteen year old girl who was a foun
Mike (the Paladin)
If I had a Steam Punk shelf this would go on it without question. The thing is I have never really found a Steam Punk novel I "really" like. This one is no different. I'm given to understand this is a prequel. I don't plan to read the books it sets up.

We're traveling well trodden ground here. Mockery of our own technological society is front and center. Twisted and partial memories lead to to some odd beliefs and assumptions. We are also again dealing with a minority vs. a majority persecution s
Fever Crumb is a prequel to the Hungry City books. Basically, this will set out how the world of municipal darwinism was built. You don't need to have read the entire Hungry City quartet (I had only read the first when I started the audiobook) nor will you be spoiled for that series by anything that happens here. There are some subtle connections in here, but they're mostly in the way of bonuses for fans of the previous series.

The London here is rather different from the London of Mortal Engines
As the description says, this book is a prequel to the Mortal Engines series, which I have not read. Luckily, it is written so well that prior knowledge of the events of Mortal Engines isn’t needed to enjoy the heck out of this book.

Fever Crumb was raised by Dr. Crumb in the Order of Engineers and is a very rational girl. However, her commitment to the Engineers’ rationality is strongly tested when the secrets of her past begin to resurface and she finds herself in the middle of a dangerous sear
Jake Knapke
I give "Fever Crumb" a 10 out of 10. I gave it a 10 because Phillip Reeve just planned the book out perfectly. The characters fit the story so well. Having Fever being the only girl engineer was a good idea showing how important she is in the story. Also, I gave it a 10 out of 10 because of Fever's background with being left behind with only one little note saying "her name is Fever." That made the the plot so much better. I would recommend this book to people who like fantasy, suspense and just ...more
I have to say that I really enjoyed this book, mostly because it was one of the most original YA books I've read in a while. I mean, we in the Middle School teaching racket are used to the latest flux of novels that have come out the past 4 or so years. Female protagonist, futuristic setting, something sci-fi-y, sometimes a setting that takes place in the past, but remains SF, etc. etc. etc. Well Reeves was able to take the whole SF thing and twist it into an old-school setting. Think steampunk ...more
Oh. My. Goodness.
I got chills after finishing this book.
I couldn't do anything but mutter, "Where is the next book? Where Is The Next BOOK?!" Several times when I was reading I would be so startled by the plot that I would exclaim, "What? No way! I can't believe you did this!" and just sit there, trying to process all the wild thoughts running through my head. Philip Reeve had so many plot twists I never saw coming. And when he introduced old characters and you saw someone from the older books a
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Barb Middleton
Steampunk novels remind me of surreal art. This book made me feel like Salvador Dali's "Sleep," painting where I mistook the crutches holding up a sleeping head as needles piercing it. I thought the lips were sewn shut. It is a creepy painting, straight from my nightmares. Steampunk oftentimes has a surreal, nightmarish dark side that slurps me into the plot. I can't seem to put down the book even when I want to. If you like science fiction, then you'll like this book. Philip Reeve's world build ...more
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Erin (Bookish in a Box)
Fever Crumb follows fourteen year old Fever Crumb as she's sent away from the only home she's ever known to work for a former Engineer. While away from her haven, she learns about her past and that she's more than she ever could have imagined.

After I received Fever Crumb for review, I discovered that it is intended as a prequel to the Hungry City Chronicles, which I have never read. I was concerned that I would be completely lost during Fever Crumb, but I needn't have worried. It stands alone pe
Set a few hundred years after the fall of our own civilizations, London is still recovering from the revolution which freed the commoners of the oppressive rule of the Scriveners, a slightly mutated form of human. In this world, Fever Crumb is the first female to ever live in the prestigious Order of Engineers, known for their aesthetic lifestyle and adherence to logic. She has never much left the Order’s home until a former Engineer, Kit, requires her help at an archeological dig. For some reas ...more
Kat Heckenbach
I have to start off by saying that I actually bought this book twice. First, at our local Scholastic Warehouse sale. Then, apparently I'd forgotten I bought it, and found it in the used-book store at my library, where I bought a second copy. The reason: That cover. The sci-fi/steampunkish feel totally grabbed me. It is a total reflection of the story, too. Sci-fi/steampunk. Computers and nanotech, hot air balloons and blunderbusses. The author makes it totally work, too.

Fever is a girl who was
Abraham Taha
I read Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve. The book is set in the future in London where all of the technology that we have now has gotten lost and society has had to restart. The book starts off with an engineer named Dr. Crumb finding a baby outside his door with a note that only said the baby’s name (Fever Crumb). It then skips ahead to where the girl is about fourteen years old and how she has to leave Dr. Crumbs home for a new job in London. When she gets there she gets attacked by the locals and ...more
Oct 17, 2013 Robert rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mortal Engines fans
Shelves: sf
Fever Crumb is an orphan of mysterious origins...heard that before? Terrible cliche, right? But it doesn't matter because the writing is lovely and the story rapidly becomes intriguing.


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Fever Crumb is an interesting character, a girl raised to believe in rationalism before all else. It would be easy for the text to treat her as a laughingstock, but it rarely goes for the quick punchline. Instead, as Fever explores the world beyond the Guild of Engineers and develops emotional connections outside her home, she considers new input carefully and scientifically, sometimes tempering her beliefs and sometimes doubling down. It's an unusually nuanced characterization, and I would have ...more
Let me preface this by admitting one thing. I adore Philip Reeve. Wholeheartedly and unabashedly adore. That said, I felt myself drifting through this book... reading it because I felt I had to. This may have been timing, I had an ARC copy for review and had to read it when I acquired it. What I would have much rather done with it was wait for the winter months and cozied up on a chair with a hot tea and a blanket and just enjoyed it. Or I needed to, perhaps, have read more than just the first b ...more
Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: The plot was intriguing and this is my type of book.

A foundling baby girl found by the Order of Engineers, a male society, is taken into the fold and raised to be one of them. The baby came with a note stating her name is Fever and since Dr. Crumb found her it was reasonable that he was the one who took the main caregiver role. 14 year-old Fever is now being sent off to assist an archaeologist, Kit Solent, in his home but when she arrives there she starts having memories of t
Philip Reeve is a brilliant writer, and this book deserves all the starred reviews it received. I only gave it four stars because of the bleakness of its post-apocalyptic world--not my genre! Fans of the Hungry Cities Chronicles will devour this book because it explains the origin of the traction cities, as well as other things that appear in the series. What I really liked was how Reeve managed to create a world that incorporated elements from all ages of the world, not just the 21st century, w ...more
Fever Crumb came highly recommended by one of my best friends, and although I didn't love it, I did enjoy it and I can definitely see why she liked it. The characters are fun and likable (or, in the villains' cases, distinctly unlikable), the story-world is very well-developed, the story is intriguing, and it's funny. One thing I particularly liked: in this new post-apocalyptic world, they use a lot of our words to mean different things, and "blog" is a swearword! Also, someone has discovered Ha ...more
Mar 29, 2010 Melissa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fantasy fans, sci fi fans, fans of the Hungry City Chronicles
Fever Crumb is the only girl in the Order of Engineers. In fact, she was raised by a member of the order, Dr. Crumb who found her as an infant, and deemed that it was only rational that he raise her. So fever has learned to be rational, to think like an engineer, and assist Dr. Crumb. When an archeologist by the name of Kit Solent request that Fever help him on his current dig, things for Fever change dramatically.

Meanwhile to the north of the city a movement of nomads threatens London agitatin
Lady Knight
I love all of Philip Reeve's work and the Mortal Engines Quartet is a particular favorite of mine. When I heard that Reeve was making a couple of prequel books I was ecstatic! Unfortunately, "Fever Crumb" just doesn't quite live up to the glory of its predecessors. In the general stream of Science Fiction, this was an excellent book and really well done, but it paled in comparison to Reeve's other work so it balances out at four stars. That said though, I can't wait for the next one...

Fever Crum
Maureen E
by Philip Reeve

Opening line: "That morning they were making paper boys."

This book! Is so good! I loved it! I am exclamatory!

After Londoners overthrew their Scriven overlords, Dr. Gideon Crumb, a member of the often-reviled Order of Engineers, found "a baby in a basket with an old blanket laid over her and a label tied around her wrist, upon which someone had written just four words: Her name is Fever." So he took the child back to London, to Godshawk Head where the Order lives and raised her to
Fever knows a lot of things - she knows the laws of physics, can recite the prime numbers and can tinker with engines. Found orphaned as a baby, Fever was raised by the members of the very logical Order of Engineers and, as the only girl, learned early that feelings are irrational and that everything one does should have a reasonable purpose. Of course, living in a very disorderly and illogical future London makes this very difficult. When a local archeologist comes to the Order requesting Fever ...more
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This book is set in a future London in which all understanding of technical matters has been lost, but the residents of this future London use bits and pieces of ancient technical artifacts to meet their current needs. Fever Crumb, a 14-year old girl orphan, has been raised by the Society of Engineers to study and use whatever artifacts are found, but above all else, she has been raised to avoid any emotion and to concentrate only on what is rational and logical.

Fever's London used to be ruled
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Mar 29, 2010 khcpl teen scene rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Sci Fi Fans, Dystopian Future fans, Fans of Hungry City Chronicles
Fever Crumb is the only girl in the Order of Engineers. In fact, she was raised by a member of the order, Dr. Crumb who found her as an infant, and deemed that it was only rational that he raise her. So fever has learned to be rational, to think like an engineer, and assist Dr. Crumb. When an archeologist by the name of Kit Solent request that Fever help him on his current dig, things for Fever change dramatically. Meanwhile to the north of the city a movement of nomads threatens London. In a ci ...more
The master of steampunk for teens returns to his disturbing futuristic Hungry City Chronicles with an interesting prequel that introduces how the world found itself with traveling city and a culture that seems to have fallen backward in time when it comes to technology.

His newest heroine is Fever Crumb, a 14-year-old orphan being raised by an Engineer. While girls are not normally allowed into the Order of the Engineers, she has been educated in order to be one of them. Her adoptive father, Dr.
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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 no-budget theatre projects.

Philip then began illustrating and has since provided cartoons for around forty children's books, including the best-selling Horrible Histories, Murderous Maths and Dead Famous series.

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“Fever jumped aside just in time to dodge the shower of urine, and stumbled into the path of a religious procession - celebrants in robes and pointed hats whirling and clapping and chanting the name of some old-world prophet, 'Hari, Hari! Hari Potter!' 41 likes
“Godshawk looked surprised, the way that people generally do when you ask them philosophical questions in shrubberies in the middle of the night.” 9 likes
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