Summary: In a future land once known as Britain, nomad tribes are preparing to fight a terrifying enemy – the first-ever mobile city. Before London can launch itself, young engineer Fever Crumb must journey to the wastelands of the North. She seeks the ancient birthplace of the Scriven mutants.
- My least favorite of the prequels, because I had a hard time getting into the plot
- The fact that I read the Mortal Engines books recently got me really confused with my WoME timelines — oops, my fault
- Philip Reeve’s writing is still amazing and though this one isn’t my most favorite, you still shouldn’t be missing out on his work
I hate to say this, but for me, SCRIVENER’S MOON is the weakest out of the three Hungry City Prequels. I think it is the plot itself that didn’t reach out to me, but as usual the writing was phenomenal.
Maybe it is simply bad timing on my part. I had recently read the entire Mortal Engines books which exist far ahead into the future of Fever Crumb’s world. Initially reading SCRIVENER’S MOON, I was unfortunately so confused as to what was going on. I had to sort out my World of Mortal Engines timeline mentally and pick apart what hasn’t happened yet in Fever’s world and what came to be London in the WoME. This of course was all my fault. I should have known that skipping ahead to the Mortal Engines books would mess me up with this series, but I couldn’t resist because Philip Reeve’s writing? It’s fantastic!
After reading so many of his books, I honestly don’t know why his writing still amazes and impresses me. It’s just so clever. I probably have said it a million times, but I’m going to say it again: I love how the English (or in the book’s case, ‘Anglish’) has evolved throughout the years. Just little terms that we wouldn’t think twice about now have become entirely different things in Fever’s future. For example, the old junk that were used as kind of like vintage décor: eye-pods or the derogatory term bloggers (hah!). I love Reeve’s use of language. It becomes like a little puzzle that I have to figure out while I read along. Sometimes, I don’t even think twice on some of the words because they seem so foreign… until it just clicks and a light bulb goes off in my brain.
A weekly meme on the books on the top of my list to read and books recently acquired, borrowed, or bought. Inspired by the Story Siren’s In My Mailbox.
Top of the Shelf / Currently Reading
What’s next on my to-read list for the upcoming week.
Basically all the books I’ve bought this week with the exception of Scrivener’s Moon, I decided to leave at home. The Marbury Lens is currently with my friend Alex. I really enjoyed both Rotters and The Marbury Lens so much that I just had to get copies for my personal library.
I received a Random Act of Kindness from Briana at The Book Pixie. She sent me a copy of Two-Way Street! I was also a gifted a copy of The Accidental Hero from internship.
Scrivener’s Moon by Philip Reeve
In a future land once known as Britain, nomad tribes are preparing to fight a terrifying enemy – the first-ever mobile city. Before London can launch itself, young engineer Fever Crumb must journey to the wastelands of the North. She seeks the ancient birthplace of the Scriven mutants. In the chaotic weeks before battle begins, Fever finds a mysterious black pyramid. The extraordinary secrets it contains will change her world forever. The seventh awe-inspiring adventure in the World of Mortal Engines series by a superb writer at the height of his powers.
Publication Date: April 4th 2011 by Scholastic UK
I wasn’t aware that the cover had been released until I saw it on Philip Reeve’s blog. This is one of my favorite sequels after reading it at internship and I am so so excited for this one to come out! For those new to the Hungry City Prequels/Fever Crumb series, this is the third book after A Web of Air, which unfortunately isn’t released in the US yet. But that’s what’s British relatives & also the Book Depository is for! I’m counting down the days for this one.