I thought this was just ok. The plot sounded really interesting, and I really wanted to like this more than I actually did. There are a few issues tha...moreI thought this was just ok. The plot sounded really interesting, and I really wanted to like this more than I actually did. There are a few issues that I have with this book. The main problem is that I feel like this is written specifically for the teen audience. I know it's a YA/teen book, but I was expecting more. There are some books that blur the age boundaries (Harry Potter, for example), and there are some that fit nicely into the prearranged classification. That's not necessarily a bad thing, it's just not what I'm interested in. I also didn't really care for the main character. She was just a little too whiny for my personal preference. There were a few instances where the character surprised me and rose to the challenge, but more often than not she whined.
I try to keep up with what our customers are reading, and I can see the appeal this would have for the teen reader. The appeal, though, is pretty much specifically for teens. As far as age appropriateness, I would say this is suitable for those as young as 13/14. There's not really much violence, the romantic subplots are very tame, and the only thing that may be noteworthy to some parents is the discussion of who should be considered beautiful. While I consider this to be ok, I won't be reading the rest of the series.(less)
I entered the giveaway for this book without realizing that this was a series. That said, I did enjoy this book and I didn't feel extremely lost. The...moreI entered the giveaway for this book without realizing that this was a series. That said, I did enjoy this book and I didn't feel extremely lost. The illustrations are nice in a horrific kind of way. I think this might be best suited for an older kid, starting around 9, maybe 10, because of the semi-graphic descriptions of the Legion of the Dead. There are also some words and phrases that would fly right over most younger kid's heads. Overall I enjoyed the quick pace of the mystery and the action that accompanied it.
This prequel is set quite a few generations before the Hungry City Chronicles begins - before cities become Traction Cities. There are quite a few ref...moreThis prequel is set quite a few generations before the Hungry City Chronicles begins - before cities become Traction Cities. There are quite a few references that foreshadow events and characters from the rest of the series, and readers not familiar with the series may not understand these references. Fans of the series will find the familiar, fun and descriptive writing style of Reeve, along with the random references to Ancient History (our present time).
The first part of the book was a little slow, but it picked up quickly. I didn't care too much for the character at first, but as the story went on, Fever grew on me and I was cheering for her towards the end of the book. The gadgets and inventions are as interesting as ever, though not as plentiful as others in the series.
This can be read without reading the Hungry City Chronicles, but keep in mind that you may not pick up certain details in Fever Crumb that you would have if you read the series beforehand. I personally wouldn't recommend reading Fever Crumb before reading the Hungry City Chronicles, but since the series is so hard to find in the States, if you want to start with Fever Crumb you'll still be ok. The Hungry City Chronicles should be available in libraries, but, as of right now, it's out of print in the States.
I absolutely loved this book. I'm always impressed by good YA sci-fi. This is a great example of how YA sci-fi can overcome the limits of the YA desig...moreI absolutely loved this book. I'm always impressed by good YA sci-fi. This is a great example of how YA sci-fi can overcome the limits of the YA designation. While the characters are teenagers, the story is significant enough to keep the attention of adults. I enjoyed the development of the characters, and I thought the author did an excellent job of using a controversial topic as the main inspiration for the plot. The only small issue that I had was the lack of background information. The information you have about how this society reached their current state is pretty much what is stated on the back of the book. You don't really get much more information than that. It was just a little confusing, but that lack of info didn't keep me from thoroughly enjoying this book.
I can't really think of anything comparable so I can say "if you liked that, you'll like this," but if you like science fiction that concentrates more on society than science, then you may like this. I guess a really broad if/then comparison would be if you like books like Brave New World, 1984, or Fahrenheit 451, then you may like this. For those worried about age appropriateness, I would suggest older teen, maybe 16/17+, not so much for graphic scenes, but for the subject matter discussed. It'll definitely depend on how sensitive you are to the plot being based on the topic of abortion.(less)
I loved the whole nature versus machines aspect of this story. The creatures and machines that Westerfeld created are amazing. This alternative histor...moreI loved the whole nature versus machines aspect of this story. The creatures and machines that Westerfeld created are amazing. This alternative history is based on WWI and the events leading up to it. I found that the 2 main characters nicely developed during the story, but I felt myself wanting to know more of their backstory. Great story though. I can't wait for the sequel!(less)
Fantastic! I heard such great feedback from people who have given me the best recommendations, so I had to try this. When I asked what it was about, h...moreFantastic! I heard such great feedback from people who have given me the best recommendations, so I had to try this. When I asked what it was about, however, they started sputtering about Municipal Darwinism and at that point I started tuning them out. I hope I can explain it better. This takes place far in the future, but there’s an Industrial Revolution/Victorian feel about the time period. The cities have become mobile. They roll around in search of smaller towns they can “eat” for parts, supplies, labor, and trade. There’s an evil plot put in motion by certain Londoners and it’s a race to see if anyone can stop them.
There’s definitely a Steampunk feel to this book, but it’s not for the sake of being Steampunk. Did that make sense? There are certain books that have been written to appeal specifically to the Steampunk crowd, and you can tell. This, however, feels like Steampunk but without being blatantly targeted for it. I appreciate that.
I liked that action and excitement throughout the book. While Tom and Hester are our main characters, there are quite a few subplots going on throughout the book and they definitely added to the emotional impact of the story. The world building is also really well thought out and intriguing. The descriptions of the Traction Cities and the Stationary Cities were great, and there were some really neat descriptions of the mechanics of the Traction cities. I also enjoyed the various throwbacks to the ancient past, which is actually now. While there was much to enjoy about this book, there were also many sad and depressing parts. I only mention this because sometimes this is promoted as a kid’s book, but really I think this is more of a YA (mid to upper teen) novel. Not necessarily for the subject matter itself, but for the way it’s discussed between the characters in the book.
This has become one of my favorite series, and not just for a YA series. This is one of those “Jeez, I wish they had this when I was growing up” books.
The story of Art and Mrytle Mumby takes place in an alternate Victorian England. The Brits have taken...moreSpace pirates, alien spiders, and flying pigs!!
The story of Art and Mrytle Mumby takes place in an alternate Victorian England. The Brits have taken to Space during Queen Victoria's reign. Alien spiders have a bone to pick with the British, and the Mumbys are the first to feel their wrath. Art and Mrytle must escape from the clutches of alien spiders, and team up with notorious space pirate Jack Havock to try to save the world.
There's a lot of adventure and humor. The book is told mainly from Art's point of view, so there's some sister bashing that's quite funny. I found Myrtle to be a little annoying, but then to Art, she would be. I loved this book.