Review: A Web of Air by Phillip Reeve

10 March 2023
"A Web of Air" is the second book in the Fever Crumb series by Philip Reeve, and it follows the adventures of the young engineer Fever as she travels across a post-apocalyptic world in search of answers to the mysteries of her past. The novel is a thrilling adventure that explores themes of science, technology, and the power of human connection. The trilogy itself serves as a prequel to the Mortal Engines Quartet.

Set in a world where technology is both revered and feared, "A Web of Air" follows Fever as she sets out on a mission to find the source of a mysterious radio signal that has been broadcast across the city of London. Along the way, she encounters a variety of characters, from eccentric inventors to dangerous criminals, and must use her wit and engineering skills to navigate the challenges that come her way.

One of the central themes of "A Web of Air" is the power of science and technology to connect people across distances. Fever’s journey takes her from the crowded streets of London to the remote reaches of the sky, and she encounters people who have harnessed technology to create new forms of communication and community. At the same time, she confronts those who seek to control and exploit technology for their own gain. 

Like its predecessor Fever Crumb, "A Web of Air" is a well-written and engaging novel that combines elements of science fiction, steampunk, and adventure. It is a worthy follow-up to "Fever Crumb" and continues to explore the world and characters that Reeve has created. Critics have praised the novel for its strong character development, vivid descriptions of the world, and thrilling plot.

"A Web of Air" won the 2011 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, one of the most prestigious awards for children's literature in the UK. In accepting the award, Reeve noted that he was inspired by the idea of "a girl engineer in a world of boys" and the challenges that she faces as she tries to make her way in a society that is often hostile to her.

In conclusion, "A Web of Air" is a thrilling and engaging novel that continues the story of Fever Crumb in a post-apocalyptic world that is both fascinating and terrifying. With its exploration of themes of science, technology, and human connection, it is a thought-provoking read that will appeal to fans of science fiction and adventure. Critics and readers alike have praised the novel for its strong characters, vivid descriptions of the world, and thrilling plot, making it a must-read for anyone who enjoyed "Fever Crumb" and wants to know more about the world that Philip Reeve has created.


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