Scrivener's Moon by Philip Reeve
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This third installment of the Fever Crumb series deconstructs all preconceived ideas the reader may have had for the direction of Fever's life and builds new hopes in a more favorable path for Fever to follow. Fever redefines her concepts of love, lust, loyalty, and morality. She learns that each person has to determine what is right for them and that our parents can be as lost on their path as anyone. She also learns the secret of her biology and the history of the Scriven Race.
This story takes Fever and Wavey Godshawk into the far North in search of knowledge about the Scriven Race that may lie hidden in an ancient pyramid. Unfortunately, they are met with battle instead. The Nomadic Tribes of the North are bent on war with the London Machine and Wavey and Fever become caught in the crossfires.
All bets are off in Scrivener's Moon. Forget any concepts of "Good Guys" and "Bad Guys" because they are all challenged. Power, greed and ignorance lead the people of the world into war, and Fever no longer knows or accepts where she is supposed to fit in among all the warring factions.
Her very identity is questioned and redefined.
Fever matures greatly in this story. She sheds the juvenile need to compartmentalize people, and ideologies. She develops the courage to define her world in a way that suits her principles.
A fourth book is definitely due and, I believe, it will have a revolutionary role for our young Heroine.
Recommended for ages 13+.