Fever grows up surrounded by Old Tech devices, raised by the Order of Engineers to see if the female mind is capable of rational analysis.
Since the nature-tattooed Scriven overlords had been rousted from their rule over London and ruthlessly killed by the Skinners (and skinned - how else to prove the enemy was dead?), it’s up to the Engineers to keep the mysterious devices running since no one knows how to invent new ones.
Fever’s calm work routine is interrupted by an archaeologist who needs her help with strange artifacts he’s found. She’d like to refuse, but takes the rational path of learning more about Old Tech… a path that leads toward dark Scriven memories, strange visions, and a search for the mother she never knew.
When invaders from the north threaten to overrun London, Fever needs more information before she can make logical decisions about what to do. But she is chased by a Skinner, plagued by irrational dreams, and must face her hidden past before she moves into the uncertain future. 336 pages
A stunning prequel to The Hungry City Chronicles, which begins with Mortal Engines.
Recommended by: Katy Manck, Librarian-at-Large (retired academic/corporate/school librarian), Gilmer, Texas, USA