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A Web of Air (Fever Crumb #2)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  1,454 ratings  ·  173 reviews
In a ruined world where humans have lost the skills of flight, Fever Crumb, a clever young engineer, is swept up in a race to build the first flying machine. Her mysterious companion is a boy who talks to angels. But powerful enemies stalk them—either to possess their revolutionary invention, or to destroy the secrets of flight forever. . . .
Paperback, 289 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Scholastic
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Dear Stephenie Meyer/Alyson Noel/Becca Fitzpatrick/any-other-author-who-writes-tween-girl-porn, kindly take note:


Lady Knight
This was quite a disappointment to me. I have always loved Philip Reeve's work and his Mortal Engines Collection is easily my favorite series of all time. This volume though was lacking in just about everything I've loved about his writing and stories. Here' two things that really struck me:

The trademark humour was almost nowhere to be found.

Reeve's anti-religious 'message' was very in-your-face and really didn't aid the story at all... and frankly at points was more than a little offensive. FY
Reading through the reviews it strikes me that this book is heavily affected by your experience of Phillip Reeve's writing. If you a fan of Mortal Engines - this may lack depth. If you have only really read Fevercrumb, this is a step up. If you are familiar with Reeve's world, then the absence of a resolution with Arlo and Fevercrumb will not surprise you as Reeve often works on a longer timeline than just 1 book. Bearing all that in mind here is my original review:

The second in the prequel to
Clearly better than the first book.
Sure, the first book was good, but the climax was a giant beer barrell rolling down the street. The action in the sequel hooked me, and the concept of a concave city with rising and falling houses was sweet. It seemed like Reeve put more thought into this one. Although Fever sort of falls in love, at the end, it all diminishes to nothing and the guy runs off. I mean, not my favorite, but actually better than the alternative, once you consider it. There were a
I did really like the first of Fever Crumb's books, but it was definitely a less complex book than any of the Mortal Engines series had been. A Web of Air is like the middle ground, a little darker than Fever Crumb had been, but without quite the same narrative complexity of Mortal Engines.

Essentially, the plot is about Fever helping a new character named Arlo Thursday re-discover heavier than air flight. (view spoiler) Ther
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I found this less compelling than the first one in the series: Fever Crumb. It has the same flawed yet appealing heroine, and the world is certainly as interesting as it is in the other Mortal Engines books. Reeve is also an excellent writer, with touches of poetry here and there in the description and with a firm grasp on character and plot. The only problem is that the central action, the re-invention (and then the disinvention) of heavier-than-air flight doesn't involve Fever Crumb except as ...more
Maybe it's me, but I can't just finish Philip Reeve's sequels. I loved Fever Crumb and I was so excited about Web of Air. I read (not skimmed) half of the book, but the plot was dragging and tacked together. Arlo Thursday is a very likable recluse and a good match for Fever. Maybe there was not enough genuine interpersonal conflicts? Maybe this is less of an issue for other people (like guys)?

I had the same problem with the Mortal Engines. I loved the first book and read the second two, but just
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Two years have passed since the events of Fever Crumb, and Fever is still travelling aboard the actor's land-barge on which she fled London, raising the children of the deceased Kit Solent. The actor's troupe has arrived in the Portuguese city of Mayda, built around a flooded nuclear crater, and Fever's scientific interests are piqued by the rumours of a young man attempting to build a flying machine.

Like Fever Crumb, A Web of Air dispenses with the high-flying, globetrotting, swashbuckling adve
Sep 23, 2010 Peter rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those interested in the Mortal Engines series
Shelves: adventure
Although intriguing and personal, A Web of Air failed to fulfill my expectations. The previous Mortal Engines intalments packed a real punch, and even the prequel Fever Crumb was a ripper.
However, I found the characters in this particular episode were not created well. Somehow, they seemed to be stereotypical and bland.
All the same, Web of Air had a hard target to beat, and it did not fail. I would reccomend it to anyone who is reading the series, although it is not the best.
Lee Penney
There are a few authors whose books I keep as a treat, because I know they’ll be good. Philip Reeve is one of those authors.

I’ve read all of the preceding works in the Mortal Engines universe, which have generally been quite large in scope, but this book is much narrower. While bigger interests are mentioned, indeed represented, the story is set in only two locations, and focuses on a small band of characters.

This doesn’t diminish the story, which shows a completely new dimension to the Mortal E
The story of flight. A great read. The ending really killed me though I wish there was a sequel! I need Fever and Arlo to get back together :( The first book "Fever Crumb" gave me high expectations which this book delivered. Loved it
Well.. knowing how the first book ended, I didn't expect much.

I started reading this book on May 16. I thought it was going to be a light and interesting read but it wasn't. So I stopped and read other books and then came back to this.

I kind of regret reading it at that time and I can't imagine myself reading it before or after class again as I always do (And as I did when I started reading this, I was only reading a page or two or even lines!). I needed to really concentrate while reading it, I
Ea Solinas
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
A few years ago, I was at a school that primarily dealt with dyslexic kids, and even though I wasn't dyslexic (quite the oppisite, an avid reader) I was made to read books the school chose just like everybody else. The book "Fever Crumb" was the latest book, and although I was always reluctant to trust their choice. Surprisingly, I loved it, and went on to read the "Mortal Engines" series in my own time, a series which became one of my favourites of all time. Now, years later, I return to the se ...more
I didn't like A Web of Air as much as I had remembered loving Fever Crumb. But when I reread Fever Crumb so I could finish this series, I didn't love it as much as I had remembered either. I'm not sure if that's because I had already read it and was remembering things before they happened so it wasn't as shocking, or if I was too far removed from the Mortal Engines series. Either way, I was still looking forward to the sequel.

It was interesting. It felt really different from Fever Crumb and that
Lucy Cokes
Philip Reeve is one of those authors who has an ability to transport me to a world where I wish I lived, full of steam-punk esque technology and interesting and colourful characters.

A Web of Air is a great book, and acts as a great hook for the world we are all so familiar with of the Mortal Engines series. That's one of the reasons I liked it - because of the exploration of the origins of the traction cities, and to be honest it is what I am most looking forward to in the sequels.

I do like the
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I listened to the audiobook version over a period of a month or so, so I may not remember everything but I shall try. And since I don't have the book with me I don't know how to spell everything. If something is spelled wrong that's why.

Main Points What I liked most about this book was Fever herself. She may have said irrational a bit too much but she did much less in this one than she did in the first one which I was very happy for. I liked the angels. They were character all in their own. I w
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Two years have passed since Fever Crumb ran away from her London home: since then, she has become less and less rational, struggling to cope with new and profound feelings that since childhood, she has been taught to suppress. Now, after the few years of travelling with a theatre company, she has arrived in Mayda, an odd little island town, and living on Mayda is a young man, eager to unleash the secrets of flight. They will not be alone.
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Victoria Whipple
Fever Crumb is back. After a few years on the road with a traveling theater, where her job has been lighting the shows and taking care of orphans Ruan and Fern, the troupe stops for some shows in Mayda at the World's End. Fever meets several interesting characters in Mayda, first Senhor Fat Yago, a fellow Londoner and Engineer Dr. Teal, and misfit Arlo Thursday. Arlo's family had been master shipbuilders before the Ragged Islands, just off the mainland, was wiped out by a tsunami. Arlo was the o ...more
Though Web of Air and its prequel Fever Crumb had me at their cluttered, steampunk version of our not-so-distant future, Reeve uses these fantasy novels to toy with deeper ideas of thought control and self-imposed religious ignorance.

Which is awesome.

I may have liked Web of Air better than its predecessor. The pacing was a bit more thoughtful, and I loved the contrast between Mayda-at-the-End-of-the-World and the London of the demolished future. This installment finds Fever Crumb working set de
Not quite as satisfying as the preceding title, Fever Crumb, this one still has quite a lot going for it. I'd give this one a 3.5 if Goodreads allowed that score. Fever, raised by engineers, uses her knowledge of technology to light the stage for the traveling group of thespians with whom she has been living for the past couple of years after leaving London behind. It's a quiet life, but one that the sixteen-year-old embraces because it allows her to forget about her past. When Fever hears about ...more
Beth Bonini
My enjoyment of Fever Crumb -- the first in a series of prequels about the "Mortal Engines" world -- led me to read this book and Scrivener's Moon in short order. Although I would praise the book for its creativity -- the detailed world that Reeve creates is fascinating -- I thought it lost a little something. Narrative drive? Drama? Perhaps I am just being churlish because I didn't like the abrupt severing of the relationship between Fever and Arlo (the flight-mad dreamer).

Just as he did in the
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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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