Welcome to KIWIreviews - product reviews
•  click here to return to the homepage  •
Welcome visitor.Join us or log in

Product reviews on KIWIreviews.co.nz : Tuesday 31st March 2015 - 11:59:09

QuickSearch for:    What is QuickSearch?
QuickJump to:    What is QuickJump?
logon name: p/w:  
I want to:

You Are Here...

Home > Categories > Books > Fantasy > Mortal Engines : 5 : Fever Crumb review

« Back To Bed, Ed! reviewBack To Bed, Ed!Children of the Dog Star reviewChildren of the Dog Star »


Sick of adverts? Click here to join up for free and be rid of them.

Score: 9.8/10  [2 reviews]
5 out of 5
ProdID: 2180 - Mortal Engines : 5 : Fever Crumb
Written by Philip Reeve

Mortal Engines : 5 : Fever Crumb
Click to search for all products supplied by Scholastic (NZ)
June 2009
Buy it:
Search for this on MightyApe.co.nz

Mortal Engines : 5 : Fever Crumb product reviews

London is days away from war.

A terrifying new enemy is on the attack - huge armoured fortresses that move across the wastelands. Buried in London's past is a secret that may save it from desatruction, and the key to unlock it is an orphan called Fever Crumb.

Set centuries before the events of the Mortal Engines books, Fever Crumb is the prequel and tells how Municipal Darwinism all began.

Check out Scholastic (NZ) onlineClick here to see all the listings for Scholastic (NZ) Visit their website They do not have a Twitter account Check them out on Facebook

london   municipal darwinism   philip reeve   post apocalyptic   post apocolypse   scholastic   shrike   stalker   steampunk   traction cities
Other listings you may be interested in:
Mortal Engines : 1Mortal Engines : 1
Rating: 9.4
Mortal Engines : 2 : Predators GoldMortal Engines : 2 : Predators Gold
Rating: 9.5
Mortal Engines : 3 : Infernal DevicesMortal Engines : 3 : Infernal Devices
Rating: 9.1
Mortal Engines : 4 : A Darkling PlainMortal Engines : 4 : A Darkling Plain
Rating: 9.4
Mortal Engines : 6 : Web of AirMortal Engines : 6 : Web of Air
Rating: 9.3
Rating: 9.5
Mortal Engines : 7 : Scrivener's MoonMortal Engines : 7 : Scrivener's Moon
Rating: 9.8
Chronicles of the Tree - 1 - Tymon's FlightChronicles of the Tree - 1 - Tymon's Flight
Rating: 8.8
Emily Feather and the  Enchanted DoorEmily Feather and the  Enchanted Door
Rating: 8.4
Dark WatersDark Waters
Rating: 8.0
Star Wars : The New Jedi Order : Force Heretic 1 - RemnantStar Wars : The New Jedi Order : Force Heretic 1 - Remnant
Rating: 6.8
Many Bloody ReturnsMany Bloody Returns
Rating: 8.5
The Boy on the PageThe Boy on the Page
Rating: 9.4
Trackers - 2 - ShantorianTrackers - 2 - Shantorian
Rating: 9.0
The 39 Clues - 10 - Into the GauntletThe 39 Clues - 10 - Into the Gauntlet
Rating: 10.0
Songs of the Dying EarthSongs of the Dying Earth
Rating: 9.8
Origin in DeathOrigin in Death
Rating: 8.8

Product reviews...

Everyone is welcome to post a review. You will need to Join up or log in to post yours.

Click here to read the profile of anistasya

Review by: anistasya (Beaulah)
Dated: 12th of August, 2009

Link to this review Report this review


This Review Score:
Score 10 out of 10

Value for Money:
Score 10 out of 10
Level of Realism:
Score 10 out of 10
Score 9 out of 10
Lose Track of Time:
Score 10 out of 10

For anyone who has read the mortal engines series, this story is amazing. It covers the 'birth' of London as a moving city and shows a unique perspective on many of the myths and characters from the later stories. I especially loved the way Reeve revealed Shrike's creation and why everyone in New London says, "Oh Quirke!" all the time.

Even as a stand-alone story, Fever Crumb is completely accessible and a wholly enjoyable read. I loved the young girl, Fever. She was just immediately likable for some reason. The memories of her grandfather swimming around in her blood made for thought provoking reading - especially when she starts trying to deal with seeing her own mother as her daughter as well.

There are lots of new and interesting ideas explored in Fever Crumb and the pace feels a bit older than other books in the series. I thoroughly enjoyed this and would recommend it to anyone. It is a good, easy and interesting fantasy / steam-punk read.

Click here to read the profile of tucker

Review by: tucker (Karl)
Dated: 16th of July, 2009

Link to this review Report this review


This Review Score:
Score 10 out of 10

Value for Money:
Score 9 out of 10
Level of Realism:
Score 10 out of 10
Score 10 out of 10
Lose Track of Time:
Score 10 out of 10

Though this is the latest tale from Philip Reeve in the Mortal Engines universe, a post-apocalyptic world after a devasting nuclear and biological war that erased nearly all of humanity late in the 43rd or 44th century, I decided to read it first since it was a prequel, setting the scene for the rest of the stories, yet not really part of their overall plotline. Having now started in on the rest of the tales, I think this was a smart move since it keeps things in time order, and sets the scenes rather than retroactively explains them.

In this tale the main characters are full of depth and detail, while the 'supporting cast' are covered in just enough detail to get them through their parts, without cluttering the story up by over-detailing a dead-end thread. I find this style of writing and character development utterly enchanting, and it appeals to my sense of 'tidy writing' - give enough to satisfy, but not enough to distract from the key stuff.

Fever is a child with a horrendously complicated past that no single character really grasps, and it is only near the end, when all the key players are gathered and explaining things that it all starts to come together and reveal how all the threads lead to her hands, and even the slightest tug could lead to disaster... or salvation.

In this title we are introduced to the intricate origins of "Stalkers", and the one known as Shrike in particular... we are also witness to the birth of Municipal Darwinism - roving mobile urban complexes that prey on each other, growing by consuming the resources inherent in smaller, slower, or just plain unluckier, urban units both mobile and static. We are also given an insight into the transitional period between the the "Sixty Minute War" and the era of Traction Cities.

Overall, this was a great intro to Reeve's works and I am certainly glad I am getting a chance to explore this author's style. So far, I am quite hooked and it will be with great pleasure and anticipation that I dive into the rest of the 'Mortal Engines' tales. My only gripe is that the book's blurb, noted above, isn't accurate and gives a slightly different impression of the plot. London has two fates... if the invaders win, London lives on, just in a new guise... if the invasion is repelled, London will still survive but will eventually stagnate. The key to London's survival is indeed locked within Fever Crumb, but the saviours aren't the current residents...

Guest comments...

comments powered by Disqus

Random listing from 'Books'...

Score: 8.1
Product reviews for listing 3646: The Gift
Author: Penny Matthews

Product image for The GiftA rather plain bear sits next to a georgeous plush crocodile in the toy shop among all the special Christmas toys. As each waits to be chosen, Brown Bear makes his own gift to his friend.

Hardcover. Pre-School Age. Illustrated.

Go to the listing

General Disclaimer...

Protected by Copyscape Plagiarism Checker - Do not copy content from this page. Creative Commons Licence All trademarks, images and copyrights on this site are owned by their respective companies.
KIWIreviews is an independent entity, part of the ePLURIBUS.nz Network. This is a free public forum presenting user opinions on selected products, and as such the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the opinion of KIWIreviews.co.nz and are protected under New Zealand law by the "Honest Opinion" clause of the Defamation Act of 1992. KIWIreviews accepts no liability for statements made on this site, under the assumption that they are the true and honest opinions of the individual posters. In most cases, prices and dates stated are approximate and should be considered as only guidelines.

"Sometimes only those who love you can tell you what you need to hear, instead of what you want to hear."

KIWIreviews Help GuideClick here for the Help Guide Subscribe to our Twitter streamVisit our
Twitter feed
Visit our Facebook pageVisit our
Facebook page
Visit our YouTube ChannelVisit our
YouTube channel
Follow us on instagramVisit our
Instagram album
Visit our Google+ pageVisit our
Google+ page
Visit our Flickr photostreamVisit our
Flickr photostream