Review: Scrivner's Moon by Philip Reeve

10 March 2023
"Scrivener's Moon" is the third and final book in the Fever Crumb series by Philip Reeve. In this book, we follow the adventures of Fever as she uncovers the dark secrets of her past and confronts the powerful forces that seek to control her world. The novel is a thrilling conclusion to the series that explores themes of power, oppression, and the human spirit and itself is a gateway to the Mortal Engines Quartet.

One of the central themes of "Scrivener's Moon" is the idea of power and how it can be used to control and oppress people. The stalker soldiers, who have been a recurring theme throughout the series, are the ultimate embodiment of this idea. These terrifying machines, created by the ancient Scriveners, are controlled by a powerful few who seek to maintain their control over the world.

Fever, who has always been an outsider in this world, finds herself at the center of this conflict as she discovers the truth about her past and the role she must play in the struggle for power. With the help of her friends and allies, she must confront the stalker soldiers and their masters and fight for the freedom of her people.
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What sets "Scrivener's Moon" apart from the previous books in the series is its ability to tie together the themes of "Fever Crumb" and "A Web of Air" into a satisfying and powerful conclusion. The novel explores the same themes of power and oppression, but does so in a way that feels fresh and compelling. The characters that we have come to know and love over the course of the series are given their final moments to shine, and their arcs are brought to a satisfying close.

Critics have praised "Scrivener's Moon" for its compelling characters, vivid descriptions of the world, and thrilling plot. The stalker soldiers, in particular, have been singled out for their terrifying presence and their role in the story. Overall, the novel has been hailed as a satisfying conclusion to the series that explores its themes in a meaningful and powerful way.

The title "Scrivener's Moon" refers to the ancient tradition of using the moon to calculate time, particularly for farmers to determine planting and harvesting seasons. The term "scrivener" refers to a person who writes or copies documents by hand, which was an important profession before the invention of printing. 

"Scrivener's Moon" won the 2013 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the second time that Philip Reeve has won the award. In accepting the award, Reeve noted that he was proud of the series and the themes that it explored, and that he hoped it would inspire readers to think about the power structures that exist in our own world.

In conclusion, "Scrivener's Moon" is a thrilling and satisfying conclusion to the Fever Crumb series. Its exploration of themes of power, oppression, and the human spirit make it a thought-provoking read that will stay with readers long after they finish the final page. With its compelling characters, vivid descriptions of the world, and thrilling plot, it is a must-read for fans of science fiction and adventure.


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