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Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve
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Nov 21, 2011

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bookshelves: si-624, ages-14-18, girls, ya-novels, dystopian, engineering, aliens, interspecies-love

9th-12th grade. Fever Crumb is the only female member of the Order of Engineers, adopted as a baby. She's called to assist an archaeologist and has to leave the order for the first time. Out in the world, she begins to have memories that aren't hers, and she is forced to confront her past and challenge her education in rationalism. This novel takes place in the not too distant future of an alternate, steampunk universe. It does an excellent job of assimilating truisms about our technology culture today into its world. The story explores themes of human relationships, how to approach right and wrong, and how to balance the rational and irrational in the world. Recommended for public library YA or teen collections.

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