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Book Talk: FEVER CRUMB

Philip Reeve’s latest book, Fever Crumb, is a prequel to his awesome steampunk-ish Hungry City series, which includes Mortal Engines. Fever Crumb tells the story of an orphan girl raised by engineers to reject emotion and embrace reason. In the post-apocalyptic world she lives in, uncovering her mysterious past–and learning to embrace some of her passions–may be the key to introducing a new phase of history.

So who’s read it?

I’ll avoid spoilers in this post, but I can’t promises they won’t appear in the comments. Here are a few things I’d love to talk about:

Reeve is great at creating quirky, fully developed post-apocalyptic settings. In Mortal Engines, we’re introduced to moving cities whose inhabitants subscribe to the theory of “social darwinism”–in a city-eat-city world, only the strongest survive. In Fever Crumb, we’re immersed in a city with a dark past (including a bloody revolt that has left Fever and her fellow engineers living inside the head of a never-completed nationalist statue) and a fateful future (hmm… could it involve hungry cities?). How is Reeve able to make his strange settings so believable? Or do you find them too far-fetched?

The entire book rests upon the character of Fever, as the title suggests. But Fever is a girl who shuns emotions, which makes readers less likely to sympathize with her. I’m often turned off by characters who are coldly intellectual, and for me, Fever was no exception. Although she comes to embrace emotion a bit more as the story progresses, I had a hard time rooting for her. Did you have a hard time connecting with Fever or do you think her unusual circumstances made her more fascinating? How do you feel about this type of character in general?

Finally, it was a lot of fun to discover the origins of characters and settings from Mortal Engines et al. Which details did you discover that connect with Reeve’s other books?

Parker Peevyhouse would love to visit a hungry city as long as she knew she wouldn’t get motion sickness

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Book Talk: INCARCERON

I recently read INCARCERON by Catherine Fisher. I’d heard good things about it and read it, kind of unsure what it was going to be about. I knew it had to do with a prison and a futuristic world where people are living in a simulation of a historical era like Victorian England. So I was definitely intrigued.

But then the opening chapter confused me for a bit, feeling more adult than YA. But I’m glad I kept reading because events and characters developed fast and fascinating. I’m being careful not to say much since there are twists and surprises in this book unlike any other I’ve read. It’s in the genre of HUNGER GAMES and I was totally wowed by this book.

Toward the end, I couldn’t stop reading and felt breathless waiting for the climax. And I was NOT disappointed. I was so impressed that I immediately went online and searched out a British version of #2 SAPPHIQUE and ordered it since I don’t want to wait till December to find out what happens next.

Who else is reading Incarceon? What are your thoughts?
Linda Joy Singleton

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Whatcha readin’?

We all know that writers have to be readers, too. But we don’t all have to be crazy readers who go out and buy a zillion books and then stack them in the kitchen so that we can stare at them woefully and wonder when we will have time to read all of them.

We don’t *have* to be. But we are. Of course, by “we” I mean “I” and by “a zillion” I mean “a million zillion”.

Here are some of the books I’m staring at right now, unread, calling out to me:

THE BOOK THIEF by, Markus Zusak (I know I’m really late to the party with this one, but I’ve just started it. Not enough spaceships.)

(Kidding about the spaceships part.)

ESCAPE FROM EARTH: NEW ADVENTURES IN SPACE edited by, Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois (This one is a compilation of short stories by folks like Joe Haldeman and Orson Scott Card)

LIFE AS WE KNEW IT by, Susan Beth Pfeffer (Meteors! Earthquakes! Tidal waves! The end of the wooooorld!)

The last few books of the GREGOR THE OVERLANDER series by, Suzanne Collins (I loved the first books so much, and my oldest son is devouring them. I can’t wait to finish the series!)

PETER AND THE STARCATCHERS by, Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry (I bought this one and PETER AND THE SHADOW THIEVES) ages ago and just haven’t had the chance to sit down with them. One of these days….)

And of course there are the books I want to buy, but don’t have the time or the money (must get on the waiting list at the library): INCARCERON, LEVIATHAN, THE ADORATION OF JENNA FOX, THE DEAD TOSSED WAVES, BATTLE ROYALE, and more more more.

Those are just a few of the books staring me down. What books are eyeing you? What have you read recently that I can add to my growing pile?

K.A. Holt, a reader (if only in her mind sometimes)

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