Plot summary[ edit ] Fourteen-year-old Matt Cruse is a cabin boy for the Aurora, an airship that stays afloat using a gas called "hydrium". While on lookout duty, he spots a damaged balloon carrying an unconscious old man. Matt saves the man, whose name is Benjamin Malloy, only to have him die shortly after being taken aboard. His last words ramble about "beautiful creatures" that he supposedly saw on his ill-fated voyage.
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Reviews Reviews "A tightly plotted, fast-paced adventure with engaging and humourous characters For a while, in the early 20th century, they seemed to be the way of the future for intercontinental travel. Massive, ungainly on the ground, they were agile, swift and captivating when skyward. But they could be dangerous and vulnerable.
This is a story that blends high-skies piracy, risky escapes, unknown tropical islands, strange, graceful but ultimately sinister "sky cats" and the inner workings of life aloft with a subtle swipe at class barriers and primness. Oppel is an accomplished author of thrilling stories, but his real skill is in creating characters, bad and good, who are convincing, involving, sometimes funny and always easy to cheer on. Oppel writes with clarity and passion, particularly in his descriptions of the natural world and the world in the sky, and the plot fairly zips along, but there is also a reflective quality to his writing, and he is not afraid to tackle the issue of death.
Kate and Matt, both dreamers and kindred spirits, are well-rounded characters, frustrated by the class differences between them, and argumentative as a result. If you liked Mortal Engines and Harry Potter, this is for you! In this early 20th-century world, "airships" are a major mode of transportation Matt [faces] pirates, storms, shipwreck on a desert island, and other dangers in this rousing adventure. By the end of the first paragraph, I was already fully submerged in the story. The plot is filled with one exciting moment after another.
There are just so many unexpected events that happen There are also many clever survival tricks Matt and Kate use to free themselves from danger. Many of them made me jump out of my chair!
This book kept me entertained chapter after chapter. At the outset, the old-fashioned entertaining storytelling, with its spectacularly clear picturing of events, reminded me of Robert Louis Stevenson; but its momentum-gathering plot, shootings, dangers, savagery and suspense add a James Bond dimension.
Though Kate and Matt "have as much future as a fish and a kangaroo", love triumphs. My year-old daughter and I raced through it. Oppel, known for his best-selling Silverwing trilogy about the hidden lives of bats, has more in common with the famous British fantasy author than an interest in flight and a predilection for publishing books in threes.
Like the popular Pullman series, Airborn is set in an alternative world where the similarities to our own are every bit as fascinating as the differences. CA "Details of life and work aboard the ship as well as the dramatic escapade itself make this a captivating read.
Committing several murders, the pirates are typically unsavoury but are not stock cartoon characters. This title, packed with suspense, fantasy, and thrills, is a solid selection geared to middle school boys.
Oppel, through his immensely likable narrator, Matt Cruse, invites us to do just that A funny, engaging adventure story -- the kind of book you read in a day or two or stay up late to finish Airborn is all that.
Lighter than air, but with unexpected lifting power.
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