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Fever Crumb

(Fever Crumb Series #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  7,497 ratings  ·  878 reviews
Fever Crumb is a girl who has been adopted and raised by Dr. Crumb, a member of the order of Engineers, where she serves as apprentice. In a time and place where women are not seen as reasonable creatures, Fever is an anomaly, the only female to serve in the order.

Soon though, she must say goodbye to Dr. Crumb - nearly the only person she's ever known - to assist archeolog
Hardcover, 326 pages
Published May 5th 2009 by Scholastic (first published May 4th 2009)
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Hannah Greendale
Fever Crumb is the only girl to have been admitted to the order of Engineers. When she leaves the order to assist an archaeologist on a dig, Fever is haunted by memories that are not her own - memories that may hold the key to what likes hidden beneath London.

Though the book is named after the character that's presumably the protagonist, Fever Crumb, she remains so bland and underdeveloped that she rarely garners reader interest. Due to her upbringing as an engineer, Fever has a pragmatic view
It's an odd world we live in, is it not? Otherwise how can Philip Reeve write about using 'Cheesers Chrice' as a curse and 'blogger' as an insult? Or about people who think a persisting skin mutation is a sign of racial superiority and then those who hunt them out of jealousy but say it's in the name of peace? And what about those technomancers who play with dials and screws while chanting to the machines like they're gods? So many things that Reeve presents to us are written in such a way that ...more
Sep 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Steampunk lovers, young adult
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
Honestly, it’s more like a 2.5 stars. It’s not badly written but it is not my thing. This is my second book by Reeve, who is considered a steampunk master, but I didn’t really like either of them that much and I do see things repeating in his stories (very depressing far-future dystopias and cities that walk around under their own power).

Fever, however, is an interesting character which is why I even finished the book. Fever Crumb it the titular character, a fourteen year old girl who was a foun
Mike (the Paladin)
If I had a Steam Punk shelf this would go on it without question. The thing is I have never really found a Steam Punk novel I "really" like. This one is no different. I'm given to understand this is a prequel. I don't plan to read the books it sets up.

We're traveling well trodden ground here. Mockery of our own technological society is front and center. Twisted and partial memories lead to to some odd beliefs and assumptions. We are also again dealing with a minority vs. a majority persecution s
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scribd, mech, ya, audio
Read by the author.

Fever is a nice enough character (just too bland), and the book isn't bad writing-wise. In fact I feel bad for giving this just two stars, but it's exactly that - an 'ok' read.

The characters were very stereotypical and predictable (which I don't necessarily mind) but not in an interesting way sadly. There's just not enough development I guess, barely enough to interest middle grade kids maybe. It's evident that there's further potential, I just won't be staying around for book
Fever Crumb is a prequel to the Hungry City books. Basically, this will set out how the world of municipal darwinism was built. You don't need to have read the entire Hungry City quartet (I had only read the first when I started the audiobook) nor will you be spoiled for that series by anything that happens here. There are some subtle connections in here, but they're mostly in the way of bonuses for fans of the previous series.

The London here is rather different from the London of Mortal Engines
As the description says, this book is a prequel to the Mortal Engines series, which I have not read. Luckily, it is written so well that prior knowledge of the events of Mortal Engines isn’t needed to enjoy the heck out of this book.

Fever Crumb was raised by Dr. Crumb in the Order of Engineers and is a very rational girl. However, her commitment to the Engineers’ rationality is strongly tested when the secrets of her past begin to resurface and she finds herself in the middle of a dangerous sear
Oct 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to say that I really enjoyed this book, mostly because it was one of the most original YA books I've read in a while. I mean, we in the Middle School teaching racket are used to the latest flux of novels that have come out the past 4 or so years. Female protagonist, futuristic setting, something sci-fi-y, sometimes a setting that takes place in the past, but remains SF, etc. etc. etc. Well Reeves was able to take the whole SF thing and twist it into an old-school setting. Think steampunk ...more
Jake Knapke
Sep 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I give "Fever Crumb" a 10 out of 10. I gave it a 10 because Phillip Reeve just planned the book out perfectly. The characters fit the story so well. Having Fever being the only girl engineer was a good idea showing how important she is in the story. Also, I gave it a 10 out of 10 because of Fever's background with being left behind with only one little note saying "her name is Fever." That made the the plot so much better. I would recommend this book to people who like fantasy, suspense and just ...more
Oh. My. Goodness.
I got chills after finishing this book.
I couldn't do anything but mutter, "Where is the next book? Where Is The Next BOOK?!" Several times when I was reading I would be so startled by the plot that I would exclaim, "What? No way! I can't believe you did this!" and just sit there, trying to process all the wild thoughts running through my head. Philip Reeve had so many plot twists I never saw coming. And when he introduced old characters and you saw someone from the older books a
Mar 13, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Bland. Boring. Sub Par. Waste of my time. Confusing at times. Weak. Just not worth a read in any way.

I picked it up thinking that I love Phillip Reeve's other series, Larklight, and so I might enjoy this one. Not at all. In no way.
Barb Middleton
Mar 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: steampunk
Steampunk novels remind me of surreal art. This book made me feel like Salvador Dali's "Sleep," painting where I mistook the crutches holding up a sleeping head as needles piercing it. I thought the lips were sewn shut. It is a creepy painting, straight from my nightmares. Steampunk oftentimes has a surreal, nightmarish dark side that slurps me into the plot. I can't seem to put down the book even when I want to. If you like science fiction, then you'll like this book. Philip Reeve's world build ...more
Erin (Bookish in a Box)
Apr 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Fever Crumb follows fourteen year old Fever Crumb as she's sent away from the only home she's ever known to work for a former Engineer. While away from her haven, she learns about her past and that she's more than she ever could have imagined.

After I received Fever Crumb for review, I discovered that it is intended as a prequel to the Hungry City Chronicles, which I have never read. I was concerned that I would be completely lost during Fever Crumb, but I needn't have worried. It stands alone pe
Sep 11, 2010 rated it liked it
Fever Crumb came highly recommended by one of my best friends, and although I didn't love it, I did enjoy it and I can definitely see why she liked it. The characters are fun and likable (or, in the villains' cases, distinctly unlikable), the story-world is very well-developed, the story is intriguing, and it's funny. One thing I particularly liked: in this new post-apocalyptic world, they use a lot of our words to mean different things, and "blog" is a swearword! Also, someone has discovered Ha ...more
This is a well-written book. I am skeptical of people writing a book from the perspective of a different gender, but the cover and description both were very intriguing, and the story wasn't written in first person, so I gave it a try.
and I am very glad I did. I found this book engrossing from beginning to end. I guess this is steam punk dystopian young adult? A fascinating world he created, terrifying and mesmerizing, all the more intriguing because it's set in London. I loved the references to
Nov 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction, teen
Set a few hundred years after the fall of our own civilizations, London is still recovering from the revolution which freed the commoners of the oppressive rule of the Scriveners, a slightly mutated form of human. In this world, Fever Crumb is the first female to ever live in the prestigious Order of Engineers, known for their aesthetic lifestyle and adherence to logic. She has never much left the Order’s home until a former Engineer, Kit, requires her help at an archeological dig. For some reas ...more
Sep 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
So this is this steampunk of which they mention...this is a new genre for me. I was delighted, at the beginning with the ease, the fluency, and intuitiveness of the words. I thought we have here a winner. But this type of book needed a few strong twists. Instead, we get predictable plots, lazy devices which are excuses for shifting this and that character around without much invention(no pun). I have the two sequels of this trilogy ready to be read. But this book relied too much on a parables l ...more
M. Jones
Oct 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Big fan of Philip Reeve's Mortal Engines Quartet, and this prequel to the world of the Traction Era was a good but not as good. I do wonder whether this and its sequels was the result of the publisher/editor pressuring for the backstory to be told, rather than any burning desire to do so on Mr Reeve's part.
Ah but I do miss the Traction Era; the lazy whine of the Rotwang engines on a distant airship, the earth-shaking rumble as a predator city passes by, the threat of painful death by Stalker...
Nov 12, 2014 rated it liked it
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Oct 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, ya
I love the steampunk/dieselpunk (result of being a post-apocalyptic setting) setting, and this is very engaging, with the right amount of action threaded together by descriptive language and a tinge of mystery. There's potential here, but this is very much a first book in a series. I'm curious about the rest in the series, and will probably check out the next one to see if the series starts fulfilling its promise. Although I liked the character of Fever Crumb, I enjoyed the characters in Reeve's ...more
Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, young-adult
Finally! A well written, unique young adult novel that doesn't fall hazard to predictable boy/girl romance or silly unbelievable plot twists. Instead we get a unique universe set in a future London (the first book of the Fever Crumb trilogy is a prequel to another series which I'm looking forward to reading as well), an engaging plot, interesting family dynamics and a teenage female protagonist that I actually like. Also, Noodle Poodle.
Looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
Jun 17, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mortal Engines fans
Shelves: sf
Fever Crumb is an orphan of mysterious origins...heard that before? Terrible cliche, right? But it doesn't matter because the writing is lovely and the story rapidly becomes intriguing.


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Mar 21, 2019 rated it liked it
"Dr. Crumb's was watching but not speaking while he spreds out a thin wire skelotin on top of it. He look at window and stood there in salines". I gave Fever Crumb three stars because although I didn't love it I did enjoy it and I can definitely see why she liked it. The characters are fun and likable the story world is very well developed the story is intriguing and it's funny. One thing I particularly liked in this new post apocalyptic world they use a lot of our words to mean different things ...more
Shelby N-B
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't prepared to jump so far into the past of the Mortal Engines but I'm very much enjoying the world-building, especially Shrikes's backstory. I have trouble picturing some of the machines described and they're not exactly introduced in the best way using plot colloquialisms that mean nothing to an average reader just jumping in. Best of all, I find Fever far less annoying than Tom, Hester, and Wren.
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
I liked the setting and worldbuilding, but didn't like the YA elements, which unfortunately were quite prominent. The main character doesn't get to do very much and often takes a back seat to flashbacks or other events. I also felt the omniscient headhopping narrator didn't help anything and seriously eroded ambiguity at times.
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very exciting and interesting. Reading about Fever's experiences made me want to know exactly how the Scriveners look. It's a beautiful beginning to this world.
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great prequel to Mortal Engines. Need to get hold of the others now
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pleasantly surprised by how excellent Philip Reeve's voice is for reading this audiobook!
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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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Fever Crumb Series (3 books)
  • A Web of Air (Fever Crumb, #2)
  • Scrivener's Moon (Fever Crumb, #3)
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