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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1000L (What's this?)
  • Series: Fever Crumb (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1 edition (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545207193
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545207195
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #429,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review. Grade 5–7—Reeve's "Hungry City Quartet" (HarperCollins) remains a landmark of visionary steampunk imagination, with a future where traction cities roll about chasing down smaller cities, which they devour for parts in an exercise called Municipal Darwinism. Returning to this future, Reeve gives readers a story that takes place decades before the rise of the traction cities and examines the social and political milieu that led to that major societal change. Fever Crumb is the adopted daughter of Dr. Crumb, and the only female member of the Order of Engineers. Taken from the safety of the Order into the streets of London, Fever discovers a world where bands of Skinners have virtually exterminated a mutant race of people with speckled skin known as the Scriven. Suspected of being a Scriven herself, Fever must elude capture while she searches to find out who she really is. The answers she finds have far-reaching implications for the future of the world. Reeve is not just an excellent writer, but a creator with a wildly imaginative mind. The future London setting of this story is well imagined and feels like a place Charles Dickens might have described had he been a science-fiction writer. Plot details such as the origin story of the resurrected cyborg Stalker Shrike will resonate with fans of the earlier titles, but this book can also be read independently by those who are new to Reeve's work. A must for any fantasy collection.—Tim Wadham, St. Louis County Library, MO
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*Starred Review* Set some centuries before the Hungry City Chronicles, yet still well into the future, this prequel series opener stars young Fever Crumb, reared by the Order of Engineers in the massive head of an unfinished statue, to operate with a slavish devotion to logic. (In one delightful scene, a group of engineers pours out of the head’s nostril door “like a highly educated sneeze”). Uncertain of her heritage, as well as the source of the memories invading her mind, Fever embarks on a rather typical quest of discovery with anything-but-typical trimmings. London is a nearly medieval backwater, where relics of ancient technology hint at a time thousands of years ago when people still understood how to make circuit boards and microchips. Reeve’s captivating flights of imagination play as vital a role in the story as his endearing heroine, hissworthy villains, and nifty array of supporting characters. Although there’s all manner of foundation work to gratify readers familiar with the world introduced in 2003’s Mortal Engines (including the genesis of Municipal Darwinism and the origins of a very familiar figure), Reeve has crafted a swiftly paced story worthy of standing alone, both in terms of where Fever’s adventure may lead her next as well as the connections to the Hungry City Chronicles. It may not be possible for Reeve to ever fully explore this world, but that shouldn’t keep him from trying, hopefully in many books to come. Grades 6-9. --Ian Chipman

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I also didn't really care for the little characters.
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FEVER CRUMB, a prequel to the HUNGRY CITY CHRONICLES, is an excellent novel that stands well on its own.
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I loved the characters and the world they lived in was very vivid and easy to imagine.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By B. Capossere TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 31, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Fever Crumb is a prequel of sorts to Philip Reeve's fantastic Hungry Cities/Mortal Engines series. I say "of sorts" in that it's set in the pre-history of the Hungry Cities world but far back enough in time that Fever Crumb doesn't act as a direct lead-in to the larger series, but rather sets up the major concepts and incipient events of that series rather than give us more of the same characters. Though it's set earlier, I'd still recommend beginning with the later books because while I enjoyed Fever, the Mortal Engines books have a much stronger impact (think starting the Narnia series with The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe vs. The Magician's Nephew)

In the later series, cities are large, mobile monstrosities that war with one another in order to gain needed resources, one city devouring another. It's an annex or be-annexed world. In Fever Crumb, though, London is still geographically bound to one place, though smaller localities have taken up the nomadic life and one such alliance from the North--The Movement--appears on the horizon seemingly ready to invade. People are clearly on edge, especially as it wasn't all that long ago that there had been a violent uprising in London against the Scriven, the long-lived and seemingly inhuman tyrannical overlords who had ruled over London for centuries. All the Scriven were killed or driven out, but the memory of death and violence is still fresh, as is resentment toward anything remotely "other."

Fever is a young woman, a foundling brought up by Doctor Crumb in the uber-rational guild of Engineers who consider emotions silly and hindrances to logical living (they live, fittingly enough, in a giant head).
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. M. Haines on November 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover
When does a prequel then extend an original series, ( in this instance the Mortal Engines Quartet ), and when is it just a stand-alone companion? Well, I don't know, although I do think of the Quartet now a Quintet I also take other reviewers' points that it is really on its Todd.

Ok, minor muse/digression over, this is a great book. Philip Reeve brings a serious story to you in such a delightfully light, witty style, it is almost a paradox. You can be still on the dregs of a worthy chuckle when next thing someone is dead. But, I do stress. this is not a comedy as such.

The story involves a foundling, a baby named Fever, who grows up with the most practical of all breeds, the Order of Engineers. This is set in London, eons, ( well, centuries but eons sounds better ) before the main stories of the Quartet. But there are similarities as it is still well beyond our own time and cities are at least isolated grand fortresses even if not to the degree later on.

We are brought into the tale not too long after a civil uprising rids the city of its tyrannical rulers, the Scriven, these are a highly intelligent race who do not believe themselves to be human as we are, Homo Superior they jokingly refer to themselves. But their tyranny finally sees something snap and they were duly despatched by otherwise ordinary Londoners, who rise up and reclaim their city. But, and I know not everyone likes these too much in books ( myself I don't care a jot as long as it's still a good read ), the use of many flashbacks for certain characters let's us in on the time of Scriven rule, thus allowing greater understanding of current events.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
To be honest, I had really high hopes for this book and tried really hard to like it, but in the end I couldn't even finish it. I liked Fever. But the writing wasn't consistent and it was predictable. There would be a chapter that was interesting and enjoyable, but then the one after that would just be soooo boring. It seemed to me that the author described too much when there wasn't much to be described, and not enough in other where descriptions would be needed. And that's the same with dialogue; in some places there wasn't enough. The couple of times where there was a balance between the two felt like a breath of fresh air after drowning in too many words.
This book was also very predictable. They talk about something? That something happens. The author practically tells you what happens before it does. There were very few surprises and i wasn't impressed at all.

(Reviewed by Rachel R. 14)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Peter Tyrrell on October 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a strong fourth book in an already delightful series. I couldn't wait for the North American release so I had a copy shipped from the UK, and it was well worth the effort.

What Philip Reeve is really good at is working fresh and inventive ideas into a well-known genre, so that while I'm drawn to the post-high-tech-apocalypse setting for its own sake, I'm constantly grinning at his artistry. He has some just wild standalone hi-tech ideas (e.g. the paperboys), but is also able to make clichéd scenarios all new: wait until you read the "car chase" scene.

As in the previous three books, he does not shirk from creating morally difficult characters, which is unusual in books for teens period, let alone science fiction. He is also not afraid to let characters die, not necessarily heroically. It adds a heap of satisfying intellectual and emotional reality to an already believable and seductive storyline.

This is a prequel, and there's a certain amount of it dedicated to backstory that sheds light on characters and events in the other books, but not in a domineering way, and you could read this book first without having read the others, no problem.

If you liked the first three, you'll love this, and if you didn't like the first three, nothing will convince you.
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