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“It was really awesome back in the day when I read it. Likable characters, swashbuckling airship action, Victorian pirates, and a right-the-heck-out-of-nowhere romance. It has everything you want.”see full review » see other reviews »
“I love Matt's passion. I love how he can't stand to be grounded, how he has this crazy drive to live for and it overtakes him. This book was surprisingly fantastic. It was super fun without a dull moment! Being plopped into the lives of a bunch of brilliant kids was pretty exciting, I'll admit. Matt and Kate are ridiculously smart for their ages, but that made it all the better. I loved the airship setting, the main character, the villains, the island, the cloud cats! I love Kenneth Oppel's writing. I think I need more. ”Venus wrote this review Sunday, October 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The book that I am reviewing is ‘Airborn’ by Kenneth Oppel, I am now on page 312 of this book which means that I have not finished it yet. My favorite character in this story was was Matt, I think he was a good character because he seemed very brave and he was really dedicated to his job on the airship, he was also really nice to all the other characters, even when he didn’t get something that he wanted. The introduction to the story in this book was really complicated for me to understand. In my opinion the first 27 pages of this book were very fast paced which means that they had lot of action in them, this made them hard for me to understand what was going on, I found myself very confused and I had to sort of imagine what was going on, I couldn’t really understand how they were able to rescue the old man and why he seemed important to the story. After the first 27 pages, or “a year later” everything seemed to slow down which made the first 27 pages easier to understand, the Aurora or the airship that the main character Matt worked in was a airship that took people to Australia, and it turned out that the man they tried to save in the first 27 pages of the book, was the grandfather of one of the most important characters in the book, her name was Kate de Vries and her grandfather was the reason she was on the Aurora. The introduction of the book ends at chapter 6 when the pirates attack the Aurora and it lands on an island, and from then on the story is focused on the the adventure Matt and Kate had on the island. Something that I enjoyed about this book was the way it was written, everything had lots of detail and even though the beginning was hard to understand, the rest was very clear. Something that I didn’t like about this book is that some of the chapters were not very interesting. For my final review I give this book a 3.5/5.”Afonso C wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I rushed through the final 100+ pages of this novel, eager to find out how Matt, Kate, and Bruce would escape. The extended chase and battle with the pirates is fast-paced and exceptionally detailed: exciting, fun and fascinating.
The action builds from an impressive Steampunk foundation. There’s the mechanical marvel of the airship, kept afloat with a gas called hydrium. There’s a mishmash of real world geography, with a few neo-Victorian fantasy tweaks: the Pacificus, the Hawaiis, Lionsgate City. Then there are the pirates, and the mysterious flying cloud cats.
Matt’s a great central character: a small, wiry cabin boy, with dreams of piloting his own airship. Kate is a good foil as the rich airship passenger with her own dreams of discovery. This novel stands well on its own, but there’s a lot of paths for Matt and Kate’s future lives to take in a possible sequel.
“I love this book there is everything you would want from a book and more”Aaren smalls wrote this review Thursday, September 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“One of the best books that I have ever read! And, it is steam punk.”Book Lady wrote this review Tuesday, August 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“citation: Oppel, K. (2004). Airborn. New York: Eos.
summary: Matt Cruse is a cabin boy on an airship. There, he meets Kate, and they go on a high-flying adventure.
awards/reviews: ALA Notable Children's Books 2005, Publishers Weekly (June 20, 2005), Michael L. Printz Honor 2005, Horn Book 07/01/04, School Library Journal starred 07/01/04, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) 06/01/04
connection: 6th grade standard: Students will read fictional narratives and
poetry to determine the characters’ perspectives and the author’s point of view.
“Matt Cruse belongs in the air. He is just a cabin boy now, but he dreams of someday being captain of his own airship, the huge dirigibles that cruise wealthy patrons from one port to the next. Far from being a routine flight though, the cruise gets overrun with pirates and the ship is stranded on a strange island. Together with a girl he has befriended, Matt must learn how to rescue the boat and escape the pirates. Meanwhile, though, he discovers that the island is inhabited by a strange flying creature.
It's a high seas adventure that takes place in the sky. Think Treasure Island for today's readers. I really enjoyed it, and want to finish the series.”
“Really fun, lots of action, and the first in a series. ”CSB Summer Reading wrote this review Thursday, May 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Sailing toward dawn, and I was perched atop the crow's nest, being the ship's eyes. We were two nights out of Sydney, and there'd been no weather to speak of so far. I was keeping watch on a dark stack of nimbus clouds off to the northwest, but we were leaving it far behind.”Monica Rodas wrote this review Friday, May 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No