This is a fun book for a 7th - 8th grader, but it takes a long time to get moving. The story of adventure and intrigue and fantasy is fun. The mix of fantasy and science-fiction is creative. The back story takes forever to come to light and the number and manner of coincidences is just overwhelming. The hero was always going to be a hero and everything was always going to be OK in the end. A little more tension would have been OK with me, and the various relationships could have been fleshed out more in order to create more compelling drama. To quote a certain television talent judge, "It was just OK for me."
One of the best books I've ever read! Mar 28, 2008
Airborn is probably one of my favorite books by Kenneth Oppel. I especially love the style in which he writes. It's very unique because the story is fantasy but yet, you get the feeling that it really could happen! The book is action packed and has a cast of fantastic characters, both good and bad. They make the story unforgettable to the reader. If you love great adventure books you should read Airborn. As soon as I started it I couldn't put it down!
High Flying Fun Nov 25, 2007
This book had me hooked from page one. Young Matt Cruise, cabin boy aboard the luxury airship "Aurora," adores flying. With three generations of air force pilots in my family, and my own fascination with everything that flies, I understood him at once. More at home in the sky than on the ground, he dreams of working his way up to ship's captain one day. Then, a routine voyage turns into high flying adventure with sky pirates, crash landings, uncharted islands, typhoons, and a girl with a camera determined to find evidence for a creature that no one else believes exists.
Think of this book as a cross between Jules Verne and Robert Louis Stevenson, with a delightful dose of humor thrown in. Sure, the constant hair breadth escapes strain the willing suspension of disbelief, but that's why they call it escapist fiction right? Everyone keeps having narrow escapes. That's what makes it fun.
As much as I liked Matt, I found the girl character a bit tedious. She was bold, stubborn, plucky, and that was about it. Clueless for such a well educated lass, her poor decisions necessitated a few extra narrow escapes. Not my kind of heroine.
Even if they weren't the most subtle and sophisticated characters, the cast certainly had a lot of personality. My favorite character may have been the airship "Aurora" itself, so well described in the book I almost felt like I'd been aboard myself.
A very entertaining book. I thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Somewhat violent, but otherwise unoffensive, I'd recommend this book for middle grade readers and up.
Adventures galore! Aug 31, 2007
Can it be, perhaps, that there's a "sci-fi" book that takes place in the past? Well, for that, you need to classify "Airborn" as science fiction, which it's not. Then again, it's not historical fiction either. So what is it? A pure adventure tale, and a wonderful one at that.
"Airborn" presents us with a world of blimps, airships, and wondrous things. Our main character, Matt Cruse, is first introduced to us as the brave, talented kid who saves a man from a balloon that's about to crash. This encounter with the dying man means that one year on, Matt joins forces with a stubborn girl, determined to discover and prove the existence of a new species that her grandfather (the dying man) wrote of in his journals.
"Airborn" seems to take place in the past. Kate de Vries (our girl main character) is forced to travel with a chaperon, is constantly told what's appropriate for girls, and is considered strange for her spunk and attitude. There are incredible class differences, and that's one of the more interesting aspects of "Airborn", one that's not so obvious.
Perhaps the only flaw "Airborn" really has is that Matt seems to get out of too many tight squeezes. He is immensely talented when it comes to airships, seemingly knowing EVERYTHING. This tendency made me raise my eyebrows a few times, but then again, it's his job. Matt is a rather simple character, just a boy who loves the sky and loves flying. Kate is a good example of a girl who goes out of her way to do what she wants (spoiled, stubborn, and determined) and is determined to know everything and succeed. Their dialogue is always interesting and keeps the story moving.
"Airborn" moves at a quick, exciting pace. It's impossible to put down, even for a moment. It's a superb adventure tale that keeps moving and will keep you entertained till the very end. Wonderfully written and exciting, "Airborn" is a great read.
Airborn Jun 9, 2007
This book RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is about a boy named Matt who is a cabin boy on the Aurora,a luxury airship.It is very good and the action keeps going and going.I recommend this book to anyone who likes action ,adventure and airships.So what are you waiting for? GO BUY IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!