by Philip Reeve
Opening line: "That morning they were making paper boys."
This book! Is so good! I loved it! I am exclamatory!
After Londoners overthrew their Scriven overlords, Dr. Gideon Crumb, a member of the often-reviled Order of Engineers, found "a baby in a basket with an old blanket laid over her and a label tied around her wrist, upon which someone had written just four words: Her name is Fever." So he took the child back to London, to Godshawk Head where the Order lives and raised her to be a proper Engineer: rational and orderly.
But Fever has eyes that are different colors. She has a scar on the base of her neck. And sometimes life is not orderly or rational in the slightest.
I've been a fan of Philip Reeve for awhile. I loved the Larklight series which was light and fun and witty. I've enjoyed the two of the Mortal Engines quartet that I've read so far (so DON'T tell me what happens in the next two). But so far I haven't completely loved Hester and Tom, although I care about them quite a lot. I loved Fever almost immediately. (She would be horrified to hear that.)
In addition, I found the prequelness of the book fascinating. I'm often not wowed by prequels, but in this case I felt like it was not only good to have this backstory, it was necessary. And it was fun to have that moment when I realized the connection between characters or plots.
In one case that connection was absolutely heartbreaking. But I won't say any more than that.
In short, I loved Fever and her story and I can't wait to read more about her.
Book source: public library
Book information: Scholastic, 2009; YA
Philip Reeve, previously:Mortal Engines
, and again
(these are both slightly odd reviews--I enjoyed the book much more than they suggest!)Predator's Gold