Two years ago, Fever Crumb escaped the war-torn city of London in a travelling theatre. Now she arrives in the extraordinary crater city of Mayda, where buildings ascend the cliffs on funicular rails, and a mysterious recluse is building a machine that can fly. Fever is the engineer he needs – but ruthless enemies will kill to possess their secrets.
Following on from the terrifying story of the invasion of a primitive city of London, thousands of years into the future, we follow the heroine, Fever Crumb, after she has run away from her newly discovered parents, taking orphans, Rewan and Fern, with her to join a travelling theatre company. But Fever is not challenged in her work providing lighting for the productions in the crater city of Mayda so she is intrigued to hear of a mad young genius, Arlo Thursday, who may be developing a craft which can fly. Unwittingly she leads Arlo’s enemies to his hiding place.
Still an admirable young woman, Fever’s emotional senses have developed though they are at odds with her natural logic. In some ways she shows great wisdom, as when she observes, “If you really want to stop people thinking, you don’t use guns or bombs. You use religion.” The novel introduces us to “Angels,” strange, bird like creatures with a limited ability to communicate with chosen people and there is also a fascinating sliding mechanism allowing houses to move up and down the hillside to shop or to see a better view.
This is the middle book of the trilogy, so we are left in limbo at the end of the story. I can’t wait to read more of the development of London into a travelling traction city and also to see if Fever will meet any of the people who cared about her, once again.
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My Review of Fever Crumb Book 1 in the Trilogy
My Review of Scrivener’s Moon Book 3 in the Trilogy