Fever Crumb Philip Reeve Published by Scholastic ISBN 978 1 40710242 9 Philip Reeve is an imaginative and entertaining English youth fiction writer whose Larklight and Mortal Engines series of science-fiction novels are world-wide best-sellers. Fever crumb is a clever and engaging prequel to Mortal Engines. The action is set in a futuristic London that has been decimated by a global war which has wiped out 21st century civilisation. London is rebuilding itself not only from a terrible apocalypse but also from the recent rule of the Scriven, who are cruel genetic mutants. The Scriven have been overthrown by the Skinners who now are threatened by the mysterious Movement - huge armoured fortresses waiting on the edges of the city for the right moment to attack. Fever Crumb is a reserved but highly intelligent 14-year-old teen. Found as a baby in a basket, she has been adopted and brought up by the Order of Engineers and has been kept away from the horrors of the city outside her home. Fever Crumb does not know she is the key to London's survival.