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A Web of Air (Fever Crumb #2)

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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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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
Nov 28, 2012 Anna rated it really liked it
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
Mar 15, 2012 Spark740 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 10, 2012 Sesana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 14, 2011 Jamie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 12-14, steampunk
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Fever Crumb liitus praamiga reisiva (?) rändteatriga, ms nüüd jõuab maailma lõppu Maydasse. See on hästi huvitav linn, ehitatud sõjas tekkinud kraatri seintele. Üks omamoodi asi asula juures on üles-alla liikuvad majad. Kusjuures, kuna linnas vaadatakse tehnika peale halvasti, majade liigutamiseks kasutatakse mingeid veepaake, mootorid jne on tabu. Ometi elab just selles linnas poiss, kes on taasavastanud lendamise saladuse. Siinkohal peaks vist mainima, et tegu on tuleviku maailma, kust on üle ...more
Kat Heckenbach
Nov 17, 2015 Kat Heckenbach rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I totally loved the first book in this series, Fever Crumb, and this one didn't disappoint as far as writing goes. Still love the main character, Fever, with her quirky, scientific brain. Love the steampunk feel. The plot was full of adventure and mystery, and the new characters were interesting.

My disappointment comes from the fact that the book had a really in-your-face anti-religious message. I mean, it couldn't have been more clear if the author had written in big letters across the last pa
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Nov 22, 2010 Brian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 22, 2011 Josie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
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Jul 24, 2013 Ian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
D.L. Morrese
Sep 16, 2016 D.L. Morrese rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book delightful. I'm not sure it's actually 5-star amazing, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. The protagonist, Fever Crumb, is intelligent and admirable. After escaping the chaos of London, which was in the midst of exchanging one oppressive regime for another, she and the two orphans in her care become valued members of a traveling theater. Fever, being a skilled engineer, uses bits of old tech to provide it with electric lighting effects, much to the astonishment of all who are not fam ...more
J.F. Sanborn
Fever Crumb ends her first adventure knowing the secret of her parentage but, with London in upheaval, she decides to leave in order to contemplate all she's learned.

Two years later, in A Web of Air,we find Fever, Ruin and Fern living aboard Persimmon's Electric Lyceum, a barge theatre newly wired electrically by Fever's own hand.

Fever tries to console her Engineer Soul by telling herself that she is furthering science by bringing technology to the barge, but she isn't content.

The crater, cal
Aug 18, 2015 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second Fever Crumb book as good as if not better than the first in my opinion.

At the end of the last book Fever essentially ran away with the circus to have some time to get to grips with her self and the revelations of her parentage.

She has found a place for herself and the two orphaned children she took in on a traveling theater troupe and she works doing lighting and special effects having swapped out their old candles for electric lights using her engineering know how to set up lighting
Dec 29, 2014 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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 it was ok  ·  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.
Jake Knapke
Nov 17, 2015 Jake Knapke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The rate that I give "A Web of Air" by Phillip Reeve a 9/10 stars. I gave the book this rating because Phillip Reeve planned this book out extremely well. The way he had the mysterious character "Vishink" pop in and out of he book like he was a stocker just waiting to strike at any moment. The way he keeps us in shock throughout the book let me as a reader not wanting to quit. The part that surprised me the most was when Fever Crumb fell in love that was something that I thought she would never ...more
Lee Penney
Oct 18, 2014 Lee Penney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 28, 2012 Kira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. This is certainly The Empire Strikes Back in terms of endings, but unlike Empire, this is not the strongest entry of the trilogy. It lacks Fever Crumb's intrigue, humor, and forward momentum. The action doesn't pick up until around p. 100, and even then it feels to me like Reeve is going through the paces toward a foregone conclusion. (Knowing where things stand at the beginning of the Hungry City Chronicles probably doesn't help with that.) Nonetheless, this imagined future world is still ...more
Jul 02, 2014 مريم rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 28, 2015 Ea Solinas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 28, 2014 Thoughtdome225 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
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
Jan 06, 2013 Lucy Cokes rated it liked it
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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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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