Scrivener's Moon

Scrivener's Moon

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by Philip Reeve

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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.


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.

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[star] “Fever Crumb is back! Imaginative, inventive and exciting.”--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Reeve's intricately imagined world, combined with a fast-paced plot, offers a rich, rewarding reading experience.” --School Library Journal

An Amazon Best Book of the Year, An ALA Notable Children's Book, An ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults, A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, A Kirkus Reviews Best Book for Teens

[star] “Reeve is not just an excellent writer, but a creator with a wildly imaginative mind.” --School Library Journal, starred review

[star] “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.” --Booklist, starred review
[star] “Beautifully written, grippingly paced, and filled with eccentric characters and bizarre inventions (such as foldable assassins made of paper), this is a novel guaranteed to please Reeve's fans–and very likely broaden their ranks.” --Publishers Weekly, starred review

Children's Literature - Mary Thompson
The last volume in the "Fever Crumb" trilogy finds Fever back in a London she scarcely recognizes. Lord Quercus, Dr. Crumb and Wavey, Fever's mother and chief engineer, have transformed London into an enormous steel multi-tiered mobile city running on caterpillar treads. Sarah Coomes' stunning array of British and Scots accents not only differentiates each character but also enhances class distinctions. While the engineers fine tune New London, Fever and Wavey travel north to investigate a pyramid believed to hold secrets of old technology. When tragedy strikes, Fever must rely on her own wits for survival in a land of rebels intent on stopping Quercus' mad plan and destroying the mobile city. The clipped unemotional speech of the relentlessly rational Dr. Crumb, Wavey's haughty and often incredulous tones are paired nicely with Quercus' supercilious Russian accent. Coombs adds a colorful selection of Scottish brogues to depict the northerners, particularly the elongated vowels of the young warrior, Cluny, who befriends Fever and the rigidly controlling voice of the Morvish technomancer. Prior knowledge of the Fever Crumb story is essential in order to fully enjoy this riveting performance. Reviewer: Mary Thompson
School Library Journal
Gr 8–11—Picking up where A Web of Air (Scholastic, 2011) left off, this final installment in the trilogy won't disappoint Reeve's many fans. Fever Crumb returns to London, but the place where she grew up is now unrecognizable. It has been transformed into a city on wheels, thanks in part to Wavey, Fever's mother and London's Chief Engineer. The nomad tribes of the North are threatened by this new moving city and plan to attack. Meanwhile, Wavey hears of a black pyramid in the North Country that might contain useful information about the past. The mother and daughter are inevitably drawn toward the structure, but, on their journey, tragedy strikes, leaving Fever to make some tough decisions and choose alliances she never thought possible. She also meets Cluny Morvish, a member of one of the nomadic warrior tribes and travels with her. Fever's friendship with Cluny changes her perspective on many things, including raising questions about her own sexual identity, which Reeve handles delicately. Beautifully complex language and a fully realized, highly creative future world will draw in readers, although those unfamiliar with the previous books will struggle with characters and concepts. Fever's journey concludes with satisfying answers to long-standing questions about the basis for her society and her own heritage. For die-hard fans of science fiction, it doesn't get much better.—Mandy Laferriere, Staley Middle School, Frisco, TX
Kirkus Reviews
The third (and final?) Fever Crumb story reminds readers of the serious themes beneath Reeve's often madcap, always entertaining tales. Following the events of A Web of Air (2011), a subdued Fever has returned to London. It's not long before she heads north with her mother, following rumors that a mysterious structure that may hold the key to Stalker brains has been breached. Meanwhile, London nears the mobility it will enjoy years into the future (Mortal Engines, 2003, etc.), but the northern nomads are ready to challenge London based on a young girl's prophetic dreams. Whew! Beneath the plot run three narratives: of Fever, discovering the truth about the Scriven and her own humanity; of Cluny Morvish, reluctant prophet and, it turns out, another of Godshawk's experiments; and of Charley Shallow, who once tried to kill Fever and is now an upstanding young sociopath who pulls a lot of strings. There are few truly happy moments here, and lots of violence, but the rich worldbuilding continues to hold surprises, and the writing never falters. Most hopeful--although perhaps unexpected--is a possible romance for Fever; the not-fully-resolved ending leaves hope that the feelings might be reciprocated. The implication that only away from London and science can Fever find happiness echoes the themes and tensions between technology and nature Reeve has explored throughout this and the Hungry Cities quartet. Quiet and somber, but still deeply satisfying. (Steampunk. 13 & up)

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Meet the Author

Philip Reeve is the bestselling author of the Predator Cities quartet and the award-winning Fever Crumb series. His other books include the highly acclaimed HERE LIES ARTHUR and NO SUCH THING AS DRAGONS. He lives in Dartmoor, England with his wife and son. Visit him online at

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Scrivener's Moon 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
AidenH More than 1 year ago
At first I thought that it would be about a person named Fever Crumb but now that I read it what I expected is very different, it is a page turning book that will keep you guessing until  the very last second, It has an unpredictable plot and a story line that is unseen. The characters are Fever Crumb, Kit Solvit, and more. Fever Crumb is an engineer Who is currently a child, is the main character. Kit Solvit has to kids who play an important part in the story, he is a nice person that plays one of the biggest roles in the story. I liked the book because it had an unpredictable plot, and that it has a detailed background. The book was one of the best books I have ever read because of the details it uses in the story. I think that it would be best for people ages 11 up. It is a good book that I think many people would love.
Jadn More than 1 year ago
So I enjoyed the first two books in this series, but the time I reached this one I was tuckered out from having to keep up with the many switches between characters.  As such, the first half of this book dragged on and could not go by fast enough. I literally had to shut it off several times, because my mind was drifting too much away from it and I was loosing key plot points.  The second half of the book, the author got a new wind and returned to the true story telling of Fever, and so it was a race to the finish and a grand finish it was indeed, and satisfying.  If I had to listen to this book again, I would skip part 1 and go directly to part 2, you aint missing much.  Fever's character grows by leaps and bounds, literally as she is forced to through caution and logic to the wind, and learn what it means to sometimes just take a leap of faith.  This experience with emotions, contrary to how she was brought up, ultimately changes her for the good in a unique way, but it means that she has to make some difficult decision in the end about how she wants to continue living her life. This is a young adult book and therefore not appropriate for children.