“liked it... its not "now".. i think it is in the future”Tom wrote this review Friday, October 28, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
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“This book is filled with wonderful characters - starting with Fever Crumb herself - I didn't want the book to end. The setting creates a very unsettling mood and although the story could easily become ridiculous (all strange, nothing believable) Philip Reeve writes in such a way that I was pulled right into it.
From School Library Journal:
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.”
“this was a pretty good book, but with 29 pages left, I realized that there was no way the story would be finished when the pages ran out. This irritated me. I think I am getting tired of the series trend. why can't a story be completed in one book?
Anyway, I liked the future of London as told by Reeve. It is a great setting that has tons of potential.
I will probably read the next book.”
“great steampunk. ”Samplerweaver wrote this review Saturday, September 24, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I could NOT get into this book. I just didn't care about the Vulcan/Borg personality Fever Crumb. The slang was odd and not explained. Sure "blog" being a curse is funny, but why is it that way? A few more pages and I found myself not really caring. This book is so not for me. ”Jennifer J wrote this review Saturday, September 10, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Adventure theme, female protagonist, set in an adventure, survival mode, apocalyptic world situation.”Inma Leonard wrote this review Monday, August 15, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“good book set in future London!”Mrs. Jerome wrote this review Sunday, August 14, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I wouldn't recommend it, it's good descriptive writing, and the characters are well-planned, but they annoyed me like heck. The way the main-character functioned was impossible, and it made me fume. I read part of it out loud to another friend that loves books, and she agrees with me, that the writing might be good, but the story-line and the characters are not the best.”Alana wrote this review Friday, September 2, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“While I like the idea of a child, not to mention a girl, adopted into an odd "society" of engineers. Fever (her name!) gets sent on an assignment, and she's wondering "Why me?" References come up to "old" technology that sound like a bus, telephone, etc. But the book, to me, began rambling on and never seemed to have a point. There aer good guys and bad guys and suspense, but.. by the end Fever and (you can find out who) are clearly taking off for a sequel.”Vee P wrote this review Friday, July 22, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No