Monday, February 16, 2015

Pizza and Pages: Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve

Type of Book: Steampunk/Sci-Fi

Plot Summary: From GoodreadsFever Crumb is a girl who has been adopted and raised by Dr. Crumb, a member of the order of Engineers, where she serves as apprentice. In a time and place where women are not seen as reasonable creatures, Fever is an anomaly, the only female to serve in the order.

Soon though, she must say goodbye to Dr. Crumb - nearly the only person she's ever known - to assist archeologist Kit Solent on a top-secret project. As her work begins, Fever is plagued by memories that are not her own and Kit seems to have a particular interest in finding out what they are. Fever has also been singled out by city-dwellers who declare her part Scriven.

The Scriveners, not human, ruled the city some years ago but were hunted down and killed in a victorious uprising by the people. If there are any remaining Scriven, they are to be eliminated.

All Fever knows is what she's been told: that she is an orphan. Is Fever a Scriven? Whose memories does she hold? Is the mystery of Fever, adopted daughter of Dr. Crumb, the key to the secret that lies at the heart of London?

Average Teen Rating: 5.4
This was another book that I thought would be a sure-fire hit with my teens. They were pretty divided! I did have a smaller group than usual on Saturday due to a snowstorm, so I might have had other teens that loved it that didn't come to the meeting. Their main complaints were than the author didn't describe things well enough and that it was confusing at times. I think this might be a book with more limited appeal than others.

Discussion Questions:

1. Fever is adopted into the Order of Engineers, who have a very logical, no-nonsense way of life. They look down upon frivolous things like falling in love. Do you agree? If you lived in Fever's world would you be an Engineer?

2. When do you think the story takes place (near future, far future, etc...)? How can you tell? If you have to assign a year number to the story, what would you guess?

3. Do you think the "Downsizing" changed the world for the better or worse?

4. Did you guess what was inside Auric Godshawk's vault? What did you think it was? What did you think when you found out it was an engine to move London?

5. What do you think about Wavey Godshawk? Is/was she a good mother? A good person?

6. The Scriven called themselves "homo superior". Are they? If so, what made them better than humans? Why do you think the humans wanted to eliminate them?

7. What are Stalkers? Human? Cyborg? Zombie? Are they still human? Why do you think Grike is special?

8. What do you think happens in the sequel(s)? Will you read them?

9. Why do you think the book ends with the sentence: "My name is Fever Crumb."?

10. Did Fever Crumb remind you of any other books that you've read? Is it better? Worse?

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