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Scrivener's Moon (Fever Crumb #3)

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  1,032 Ratings  ·  126 Reviews
In a future land once known as Britain, nomad tribes are preparing to fight a terrifying enemy - the first-ever mobile city. Before London can launch itself, young engineer Fever Crumb must journey to the wastelands of the North. She seeks the ancient birthplace of the Scriven mutants.
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published April 4th 2011 by Scholastic (first published January 1st 2011)
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Sep 14, 2011 Katrina added it
Recommends it for: Fans of the Series
Shelves: teen, fantasy, adventure
I liked how this book furthers Fever's story and continues to fill in the gap between these prequels and the world of Mortal Engines. These prequels add a great backstory and depth to the Mortal Engines series by illustrating the situations that precipitated the decisions that created the Municipal Darwinism that we see later on.

The introduction of the Nightwights as Scriven descendants was an interesting development and added even more depth to this amazing world. I was as appalled as Fever wh
Kathryn Hyde
Jun 01, 2011 Kathryn Hyde rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s

Probably, this will be the last book in the Fever Crumb series. It's fulfilled what was probably its main purpose, to show how the age of traction cities (shown many years later, in far more detail, in the Hungry City Chronicles) began. I read those books first, though strictly speaking you wouldn't have to. It might actually be preferred, since I had a fair idea of what would become of the nomad tribes' war on mobilized London before it even began.

Scrivener's Moon has more than one viewpoint c
Jun 27, 2011 Evan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 27, 2017 Neha rated it really liked it
In the land where Fever Crumb lives a war is about to take place. Between the tribes up in the north and the newest invention, moving London, a whole city that can move! Before London can start moving Fever Crumb must travel north to find the ancient birthplace of the Scriven race and some old technology. Along the way Fever befriends a girl from a tribe getting ready to attack London. As she and her new friend go on the journey secrets unravel and mysteries get solved. Can Fever get back before ...more
Oct 27, 2013 Rebecca rated it it was ok
I'm a big fan of Philip Reeve. I enjoyed the first two volumes of the Fever Crumb trilogy even more than the four-volume Mortal Engines series and the three-volume Larklight, so I had high hopes for Scrivener's Moon.

I pretty much hate books that are long not because of necessity, but because of poor editing. This book has the opposite problem. The pacing rushes us through one new discovery after another, without letting us enjoy the gradual discovery of the origins of the Scriven, the lost "cous
Miriam Joy
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Jan 14, 2013 Jessica rated it liked it
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Josh Alliston
Jan 09, 2011 Josh Alliston rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
Another year, another Mortal Engines prequel. The previous two, Fever Crumb and A Web of Air were OK. They were really quite good when compared to most books out there for teens. The problem was that they just couldn't live up to the pure brilliance, and I say that with conviction, of the original Mortal Engines quartet.

Scrivener's Moon is, without doubt, the strongest prequel yet. It is brilliant. Grander, darker, with more scope, it brings the series back to its roots of long voyages, big show
Compared to the original series of Mortal Engines I find the prequels lacking the same character. That is to say the protagonist Fever Crumb is interesting but lacks the same depth of interest as, say, Hester Shaw, Tom Natsworthy and the ever intriguing stalker Shrike.

Scrivener's Moon basically continues the story of Fever Crumb and shows the beginning foundation of the traction cities: cities on wheels. The story begins well and finishes smoothly with an action packed battle sequence and some
Sep 10, 2011 Peter rated it really liked it
This concluding chapter to the Fever Crumb prequel series brings the entire Mortal Engines saga full circle. Explaining almost every origin of his fantasy world, Reeve has created a science fiction series to be reckoned with.
Although viscerally and beautifully written, Scriveners Moon does have some down points. Like the rest of the prequel series, the book is written in a way that is intentionally simple to make it more accessible to a younger audience. However, this takes away possibilities f
The Book Queen
Mar 29, 2015 The Book Queen rated it it was ok
Better than Fever Crumb but not as good as A Web of Air. Obviously, this is because Arlo Thursday does not appear in it, and as this book ties up all loose ends, I doubt he will ever appear again. *weeping*

I loved how Shrike's story was interwoven so well throughout Scrivener's Moon and the rest of the series, as he's one of my favourite characters in the Mortal Engines saga.

I applaud Reeve for (view spoiler)
Jan 28, 2016 Victoria rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, young-adult, lgbt
I can't believe Fever is bi and it was so well done. It wasn't a big deal and AHHHH why can't all YA be like this: well written, engaging plot, well developed characters. Most of the time I forgot I was even reading a YA.
For the last in the trilogy, this book did have a more epic scale than the other and was a lot better than the rather flat second story of the series. There was a lot of interesting concepts I'm looking forward to seeing again in Mortal Engines.
I do think the romance between Fev
Aug 21, 2016 Nella rated it really liked it
Shelves: steampunk, lgbtia
World building is amazing as always, and I really liked the character development in this, both in Fever and in the villain (he was the type of villain I love to hate, and who manages to be completely despicaple and still have personality and development). Also the romance was really cute, and I loved the connections to Mortal Engines (let's be real, I love anything that has to do with Mortal Enginges)

why isn't there a book four though I super need it

Full review in Swedish here
Jenny Clark
Very exciting and the way Fever has changed and grown is great. The growth of all the characters is really great.
Cialina (Muggle-Born)
Jul 08, 2011 Cialina (Muggle-Born) rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011, owned
I hate to say this, but for me, SCRIVENER’S MOON is the weakest out of the three Hungry City Prequels. I think it is the plot itself that didn’t reach out to me, but as usual the writing was phenomenal.

Maybe it is simply bad timing on my part. I had recently read the entire Mortal Engines books which exist far ahead into the future of Fever Crumb’s world. Initially reading SCRIVENER’S MOON, I was unfortunately so confused as to what was going on. I had to sort out my World of Mortal Engines time
Feb 27, 2014 Mitchell rated it liked it
Scrivener’s Moon is the third book in the Fever Crumb series, Philip Reeve’s prequel to his excellent Mortal Engines quartet. It begins with an excellent prologue and clever piece of storytelling which suggests that Reeve is bringing back his A-game.

The story begins with Fever returning to London after several years on the Continent, although to the horror of Eurosceptics, this series takes place in a post-apocalyptic future world where the North Sea has dried up and connected Britain to the mai
Feb 10, 2017 Ariana rated it it was ok
I personally did not like this book. I was very excited about reading this because the prior two books of the series we pleasant and very enjoyable. Yet, when I began this book I was surprised to find that the book was especially boring. The words seem to drawl on and the plot seemed too predictable. Of course, there were good parts too, such as when fever's mother died. Now, I'm not saying that I enjoy the main character suffering. What I'm saying is that I liked the impact it had on the reader ...more
Aug 19, 2015 Matt rated it really liked it
More adventures with Fever Crumb :)

So after the somewhat downer end of the last book Fever has been dragged back to London by her mum and dad and is somewhat at a loss as to what to do. In the mean time the crazy plan to mount London on wheels and drive it around like the ultimate monster truck is gaining momentum most of London has been demolished and the base constructed. Waverly Godshawk/ Fever's mother is chief engineer and seeing that her father's vision is going to be completed by the Move
Not as strong as the first two books in the Fever Crumb series, but still a fantastic conclusion (of sorts) to the mayhem in London.
Fever is even more conflicted than ever after the events of Web of Air. She has returned to London with her mother and father to help rebuild London into a mobile empire. Of course, political scandal runs crazy as caravans and moving cities in the north form an alliance, afraid of what the power of a moving London will do. One such tribe includes a girl named Cluny
In the third volume of Reeve's steampunk dystopia, set a thousand years after the catastrophic "Downsizing" that reshaped the planet and saw the loss of most technology and technological knowledge, Fever Crumb has returned to London with both her parents. Her mother Wavey, last of the Scriven race, and her father, are both engineers working on the latest plan to put London on traction wheels and go mobile. When Wavey and Fever head north, however, to explore a mysterious black pyramid that might ...more
Jake Knapke
Nov 17, 2015 Jake Knapke rated it really liked it
I give the book Scrivener's Moon a 7 out of 10 Christmas trees. I gave it this because overall Phillip did a good job with the plot of the book. I only gave it a 7 out of 10 because at the end out the book the main character turns bisexual. That is against my religion so that is why I gave it only a 7. Otherwise the story started out slow at first, but then got really intense once the war started to happen. Many things surprised me in the book and that is something Phillip Reeve does a very good ...more
Lady Knight
Overall I have to say that this series was a disappointment.

After my first reading of Mortal Engines, I was convinced that Philip Reeve was one of the most clever storytellers I'd ever come across. As I progressed through that quartet, Reeve quickly made himself into my favorite author, and the series as my all-time favorite. I loved Tom and Hester, and all of the characters. When I heard that prequels were planned I was absolutely thrilled...

And then I read Fever Crumb... it wasn't bad but it
Oct 18, 2011 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: steampunk
Scrivener's Moon continues the story of Fever Crumb, the principal character who links all the prequels (three, so far) in the Mortal Engines series (known by the descriptive but not very poetic title of Hungry Cities Chronicles in North America, where any reference to the Othello quote is lost). It contains all the usual telltale signs of Reeve's Mortal Engines books: a rattling good storyline; the creation of empathy with some protagonists as well as sympathy for some rather less attractive ch ...more
Jun 09, 2013 Eric rated it liked it
It's never a good sign when you're reading a book and you keep finding excuses to set it aside for awhile and read some other books as a diversion from said book. That's how Fever Crumb 3 was for me. It started out very, very slow and that fact, along with the embarrassing truth that I couldn't remember some key details from the first two books, made for a very tedious initial read. It took about 150 pages for this book to get going either way. There were no major advances in the plot, and the p ...more
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Nicolas Conway
Scrivener's Moon
By: Philip Reeve

In this excellent, enticing story of the time far in the future after some disaster scattered of ancient people and the knowledge of their machines. Now all have been set back to the basics after the event called the downsizing which the remaining people thing happened because of some old war. Author Philip Reeve goes into a capturing the story of a girl engineer called Fever Crumb whose sole purpose in life is rediscover the secrets of the ancients. In this world
Dec 20, 2012 Bookthesp1 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
This is the third prequel to the original Mortal Engines quartet and once again features Fever Crumb as the heroine. After the slower pace and narrower canvas of Web of Air Reeve is back to what he does best- back to London - as it begins its transformation into a traction city and back to the faster pace rip roaring stuff that makes the reader turn the page and want more. In truth the Fever Crumb sequence is a coming of age series and in this book Fever finds out more about her own origins and ...more
Dec 12, 2011 Tony rated it really liked it
Scrivener's Moon is another great book in the world of Mortal Engines. This is my favorite series of all time. This book combines good humor referencing many modern day popularities like Harry Potter and I pods. Every character has some sort of backstory, and it is easy to grasp their personalities. Very well written, this is one of the best in the prequel series. Reeve takes time to explain everything in the story with great detail, and I have came to love the good guys and hate the villains. R ...more
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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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