Books: A Web of Air

Set in the world of Mortal Engines, this is sequel to Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve.


This book starts off with a bang, which is hard to imagine since the last book was already quite action packed. With a beginning so full of impact it became difficult to put the book down. Set 2 years after Fever Crumb, it picks up really quickly and the reader is thrust into the mystery of flight. It feels as if the entire history of flight as we know it has been crammed into this short novel. But it’s not boring at all, instead it’s brimming with excitement, trembling at the possible change to history this could make. Although set in the future, it gives us a glimpse of what it must have been like creating aeroplanes. The experiments, the failures, the continued perseverance. The dream of flying, the desire to soar in the skies with birds really shines in this novel.

Add to that intrigue and mystery that follows Fever Crumb and the ending was just perfect. I will admit that the ending will not sit with everyone, I’m sure some would have preferred for things to have ended differently and yet I thought it suit Fever’s personality to a T. It was a decision of paramount importance and it was heart breaking as well as character building.

Truth be told, the reason why I will always be a fan of Philip Reeve is because his characters have always held my utmost respect. They have always been mature beyond their years. Some have the bigger picture in mind, some can give up everything for love, some can sacrifice themselves for community or society. They don’t need to be popular or beautiful, they don’t need to be talented, they don’t need to be born into elite families. At the very same time, they could be all of that. What matters the most is not outward appearance, or talent or experience. It’s the ability to care and the ability to dream. And that’s what makes his characters so endearing. These are regular people from all walks of life. Each have their own story to tell, different motives and reasons for doing the things they do. Along the way, some of them change for the better, some change for the worse. Some of them will go on and achieve great things, some will live peaceful lives. And it’s really interesting to see how these different people interact and react to the things that happen around them. His books have really strong female characters and his plot is always very fast paced which makes for really quick reading. Add to that the simple language he uses and you have a book which you can finish in under a day but that you will reminisce about in months to come.

I’m really looking forward to reading the third book in this series.


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