Book: A Web of Air
Author: Philip Reeve
Rating: two stars (out of four)
Release date: Oct. 1, 2011
Publisher: Scholastic Press
I didn't like A Web of Air as much as I had remembered loving Fever Crumb. But when I reread Fever Crumb so I could finish this series, I didn't love it as much as I had remembered either. I'm not sure if that's because I had already read it and was remembering things before they happened so it wasn't as shocking, or if I was too far removed from the Mortal Engines series. Either way, I was still looking forward to the sequel.
It was interesting. It felt really different from Fever Crumb and that was good and bad. It was good because I had so enjoyed Fever Crumb and I wanted to see what she was going to do with her life next. But this book seemed kind of like an extra story...it didn't have a lot going on to tie it to the first book. You know, besides characters and some minor interaction with the happenings of New London.
Now, my opinion may change a bit when I read the third and final book. Things might suddenly click into place once I have the whole picture. But I did like this book. I love how imaginative Reeve's worlds are. I can definitely see the world and I'm usually engrossed. I like Fever. Her mannerisms and logical thoughts were amusing. I didn't ever feel like she was annoying. The subplots of the story were interesting and Reeve definitely kept me guessing. I was thrown for a loop a couple of times in the story. Which is always delightful.
I was a little bit dissatisfied with the ending. I'm not sure what's supposed to happen next and I really don't know what is going to become of Fever. And what about Arlo? I'd like Fever to be happy for once and I'm not sure how that's going to happen based on how this book ended. But I think fans of the Mortal Engines series will like this and I wasn't disappointed. However, I did feel that this book gave more questions than answers and now I have read the third book.