Kenneth Oppel Airborn Series has 82 ratings and 5 reviews. Dennis said: Kenneth Oppel’s Airborn Series are probably the best Young Adult books I’ve rea. . 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 . : Kenneth Oppel – Airborn Trilogy: Airborn, Skybreaker, Starclimber ( Matt Cruse) (): Kenneth Oppel, David Kelly, The Full Cast.

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Aug 30, Catie rated it liked it Recommended to Catie by: Lilly Heffernan rated it really liked it Jul 23, And will they figure it out before pirates and shipwreck end their voyage forever?

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Please review your cart. Kate is also a very difficult character to like.

Kate de Vries spelling? Thankfully, Matt Cruse and Kate de Vries are amazingly personable and realistic characters. The pirate crew are a mixture of elegant and rough unsavory characters that feel particularly true-to-life from what I’ve read on the subject. I like airships, and I like Matt. Canada wants to reach space first, and the Canadian Minister of Air has asked Kate to join the first expedition as an expert on aerial zoology. It’s a Printz honor book, too, so even the stuffy literary librarians agree that this book has quality!

If you do so and pull the trigger, it does not make an anti-climatic little click that allows your hero to get away from the villain pointing the gun at him. Our POV character is Matt Cruse, a poor young man born to fly on airships, but held back because he’s essentially enlisted, and can’t afford to go to the airship version of West Point. I’m surprised you can. On a later cruise, the dead man’s granddaughter Kate arrives to find whatever her grandfather saw. If you enjoy this series I think you may also enjoy Arabella of Mars.


Kenneth Oppel Airborn Series: Three-Book Bundle: Airborn, Skybreaker, and Starclimber

Captain Hook left a lasting impression on me, so I’ve been a bit of a pirate hater for most of my life. I admit that I am a huge airship fan, they have a romantic image for me once you get past the combustible gas and maybe my opinion is off because I was interested in simply reading about a story in a world where airships rule if we could have produced helium rather than relying on hydrogen they may still be bigbut I loved it.

She insists that her grandfather discovered a new mammal high above an island in the Pacificus, and wants Matt to help her prove it. Airborn first edition cover. The whole book is action-packed, involving clashes with air pirates and daring escapes from perilous situations.

Not too long ago, back when YA lit was still being called “Juvenile Fiction,” most of the books featured a main male character and a secondary usually very secondary female character.

Kenneth Oppel Airborn Series

Otherwise he might have to earn his own way in the world, and wouldn’t that be horrible? It’s never even clear what year the story takes place in, and the strange mix of technology there are airships and heavier-than-air ornithopters but weapons seem to be largely antiquated blunderbusses a Airborn follows the adventures of Matt Cruse, a cabin boy aboard the kenbeth Aurora, a luxury liner in an alternate world where Jules Verne’s dreams but not his nightmares basically came true.


The dynamics of their relationship always leave me wanting more. Jonathan Vanderpol rated kenneeth it was amazing Mar 17, Matt and Bruce begin looking for her until they find Kate hidden in a tree saying she found the cloud cat’s nest. Readers oenneth recognize, and empathize, with all the problems and obstacles that Matt and Kate face.

Airborb 24, Susan rated it really liked it Recommends it for: The ship crash lands on the island, which Kate realizes is the island from her grandfather’s journal. Edmund rated it it was amazing May 10, And, boy, do they ever.

Never doubting in the truth of her grandfather’s stories.

Whenever I try to explain the originality, I find myself not doing the book justice. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. I have read them both and they are as enthralling as the first book.

Matt Cruse comes back for the next book. I loved the voice performances and the sound effects.

Reluctant readers might be thrown by the length and the formality in the speech of the characters who are after all, from another time. I’m all for a strong female character. The only other books that I would compare with this are some of Verne’s work, Kat Fall’s delightful Dark Life and its sequeland Westerfeld’s Leviathan trilogy.

Sorry Matt, but I just can’t handle more of Kate.