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A Web of Air by Philip Reeve
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Jul 04, 12

bookshelves: character, middle-school, read-in-2012, story, teen-fiction, teen-sci-fi
Read in July, 2012

Sequel to Fever Crumb, and also the second in a prequel series (I haven't actually read the Hungry City Chronicles). Set in a steampunk Europe far in the future where airplanes don't exist but moving houses using funincular (whatever that is) and water mechanisms do about a 16-year-old who was raised in the Order of Engineers, which means that she is very rational. I had sort of forgotten how the first book ended, but it does a little bit of explaining. In this book, she's working for a theater as an engineer that uses electricity (which is pretty much unheard of and is considered "old technology") and taking care of 2 kids, when she gets involved with intrigue and mystery surrounding an odd young man who is trying to create airplanes. A little slow to get into at first, because of the world that is being created, but then becomes fast-paced, entertaining, and intriguing. A bit bittersweet. And yes, there will definitely be another one.

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