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Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve
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Sep 07, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: dystopian, steampunk, library-finds, young-adult, zzread-nov-2010
Recommended for: Steampunk lovers, young adult
Read from November 01 to 07, 2010 , read count: 1

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 is the only female in this Order. They live in a big, giant head – yes, a big, giant head - in a futuristic London, a London without technology.

For all of you steampunk fans out there, this book is a dream. There are so many clever and inventive contraptions. There are paper boys, a kind of paper thin robot boy that can slip through the smallest spaces. There are the usual and also the most unusual flying machines. There is even a city that moves from place to place kind of like a cruise ship on land, only much, much larger and full of steam. I really wish these books would come with pictures or photos of these contraptions, just to help visualize these neat gadgets.

I really liked Fever. Fever is a fourteen years old orphan. She has shaved off her hair, because hair is not necessary. She has two different colored eyes, which may be a hint as to her parentage. Fever is the youngest engineer in the Order. She is very rational, yet at the same time a little naïve. When she is exposed to other young children, she doesn’t understand why they would need a bedtime story because she did not think it was rational. At some points, I felt that Fever was very similar in personality to a Vulcan or perhaps Seven of Nine from Star Trek. Fever is incredibly resourceful and when there is a revelation about her background and parentage in the middle of the book, her responses to the situation were rather interesting and unexpected.

To continue with my Star Trek analogy, there was even a part when a character died and his body was used to create a kind of Borg-like robot that would serve the Movement. Part human, part machine, this robot being did not have any memories of his human past.

Apparently this book is part of a series. It is the prequel to the Hungry City Chronicles. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.

If you like steampunk, dystopian worlds of the future, and a heroine who is rational, then this book is for you.
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Reading Progress

11/01/2010 page 10
3.0% "Looks promising."
11/05/2010 page 49
15.0% "I like the author's sense of humor. The engineers work in a big giant head. The entrance to the head is through the left nostril. There was a part about some cultists walking down the street chanting "Hari, Hari, Hari Potter!" Fever talks like 7 of 9 from Star Trek."
11/07/2010 page 95
29.0% "For someone who is so incredibly logical, Fever is really naive."
11/07/2010 page 220
68.0% "There are some pretty exciting chase scenes involving chairs and the drugged out people carrying them."
11/07/2010 page 324
100.0% "Borg-like robots, moving cities, and all sorts of nifty gadgets. And a good story too!"

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Greta is Erikasbuddy The cover looks really cool!!

message 2: by AH (new) - rated it 4 stars

AH It's a girl with one brown eye and one grey eye. Her name is Fever. I'm just getting into this one, but this week is a little hectic.

Greta is Erikasbuddy oh tell me about it!! I've only had like 20 minutes to read all day. I'm hoping next week will be better.

Sweet! I didn't even notice the eyes. Very cool

LethalLovely~Maybe I've Always Been More Comfortable in Chaos Awesome review, AH!

I haven't ventured in steampunk yet but I'm becoming a fan of dystopian YA. Unfortunately, I'm reluctant to read books about protagonists younger than 17. I find it hard to relate to them because of the age difference. But thanks for giving me another YA book to look out for next time I go browsing at the library!

 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) This sounds very good, AH. Thanks for the review. I love rational heroines.

Greta is Erikasbuddy OMG!! U're a trekie!! PRaise Tribbles!! LOLZ!! And you know who SEX(that's what I call her) of Nine is, and the Borg Queen, and vulcans and I bet even Romulains (I don't know how to spell that). I guess Steam Punk (since you explained it to me now ;) ) is like a sci-fi that chicks can love. That's pretty interesting. I'm going to have to try one of these books out and see how I feel about them. You always make them sound so fabulous :)

message 7: by Catherine (new)

Catherine This sounds pretty interesting. As I was reading about her "rational" behavior I was thinking about the Vulcans too. Great minds must thinks alike. :D

message 8: by AH (new) - rated it 4 stars

AH Thanks! It really was a pleasure to read a young adult book with a heroine that was not TSTL, just a little too logical with a touch of naivete.

It was so weird when I was reading it, all I thought of was Star Trek and Vulcans and Seven of Nine.

Greta - I loved that episode with the Tribbles. So cute.

message 9: by AH (new) - rated it 4 stars

AH I haven't ventured in steampunk yet but I'm becoming a fan of dystopian YA. Unfortunately, I'm reluctant to read books about protagonists younger than 17. I find it hard to r..."

LL, I agree with you on that point. The best description I can think of is that Fever is like an adult-child. She was raised by an Engineer and was the darling of their order. She wasn't into looks or clothing because interest in that was not rational. Think Seven of Nine in Star Trek without the big breasts.

LethalLovely~Maybe I've Always Been More Comfortable in Chaos LOL! Nice! I guess I'll be adding it to my TBR after all. Thanks.

message 11: by Dan (new) - rated it 3 stars

Dan Huynhvo I would of definitely liked to see Fever show off more skill with engineering because I felt the book lacked it even though she is already a trained engineer.

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