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A WEB OF AIR by Philip Reeve Kirkus Star


From the Fever Crumb series, volume 2

by Philip Reeve

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-545-22216-7
Publisher: Scholastic

Fever Crumb is back!

Two years after the events of Fever Crumb (2010), Fever finds herself far south of London (which continues to ready itself for mobilization), in a volcanic city where a lonely young man seeks the secret of flight. Reeve’s writing, already excellent, shines here as he turns his attention to the romantic, in both the human and poetic senses. Fever herself is a virtuoso character: prickly, even unlikable, hampered by her eminently rational upbringing and the way it distances her from others, yet compelling and even lovable by readers and characters alike. Her rational approach to the world blinds her; readers will intuit elements of the mystery consuming Fever long before she catches on. It also dooms Fever’s chance at love, because love in inherently irrational. Religion and political machinations both play a role here, and the actions of her Scriven mother and grandfather continue to intrude on Fever’s attempts to make her own way in this ingenious world. A final delight for old fans: Building blocks of the Mortal Engines series appear like video-game Easter eggs (the first Jenny Haniver!). This is clearly the middle of Fever’s tale, and the end hints at more adventures to come. Imaginative, inventive and exciting. (Steampunk. 12 & up)