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Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve
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Jan 15, 12

bookshelves: mystery, speculative-fiction, steampunk, tcp, thms
Read from January 18, 2011 to January 14, 2012

Fever Crumb has always lived in "the Head" with Dr. Crumb and the other Engineers. Even though females aren't considered to have the proper intelligence or sensibilities to be Engineers, Fever draws the attention of a Londoner who requests her specifically to help him with some work. Once Fever arrives at Kit Solent's house, she starts to have strange dreams and memories. She was born in the neighborhood, but only lived there for a few months, so how could she have such vivid images running through her head? While she is helping Kit Solent, London is heading for violent times. This is a fascinating story set in a future London with an old-time feel. Reeve has done an excellent job of populating his vision of London with individuals and groups who are very believable. Fever herself is a 14 year old girl who has been raised to think of things in a very rational way, but with her new experiences, she starts to develop her own ideas and follow her own path, even if others might consider it irrational. Dr. Crumb, Kit Solent, Bagman Creech and Wavey Godshawk are all characters who develop fully during the story as well. The characters and setting are so convincing that one is drawn into the story and the pacing of the plot keeps the pages turning. Reeve's subtle humor pops up when least expected, especially with place names just slightly derived from current places in and around London. Don't worry, when you finish this there is more Fever to read about in A WEB OF AIR and SCRIVENER'S MOON, the other titles in this prequel series to his MORTAL ENGINES quartet. Get reading! Gr. 5 +

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