Airborn 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

  • Title: Airborn
  • Author: Kenneth Oppel
  • ISBN: 9780060531805
  • Page: 405
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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, and it looked to be smooth going all the way back to Lionsgate City Like riding a cloud MattSailing 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, and it looked to be smooth going all the way back to Lionsgate City Like riding a cloud Matt Cruse is a cabin boy on the Aurora, a huge airship that sails hundreds of feet above the ocean, ferrying wealthy passengers from city to city It is the life Matt s always wanted convinced he s lighter than air, he imagines himself as buoyant as the hydrium gas that powers his ship One night he meets a dying balloonist who speaks of beautiful creatures drifting through the skies It is only after Matt meets the balloonist s granddaughter that he realizes that the man s ravings may, in fact, have been true, and that the creatures are completely real and utterly mysterious.In a swashbuckling adventure reminiscent of Jules Verne and Robert Louis Stevenson, Kenneth Oppel, author of the best selling Silverwing trilogy, creates an imagined world in which the air is populated by transcontinental voyagers, pirates, and beings never before dreamed of by the humans who sail the skies.

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    1. Damn straight.Ladies and gentlemen, this is YA. This is YA in all its shiny glory. If you're tired of beautiful supernatural new kids falling in love with the mortal they can't be withWell. This is YA.Damn straight.

    2. 3 1/2 starsRead this book if:You love young, honest lads from humble beginnings who are nonetheless destined for great things.You love high-seas adventures featuring acts of derring-do, bands of murderous pirates with creative names, shipwrecks on tropical islands, overachieving cabin boys, and smarty-pants rich girls.You grew up with Treasure Island, Mutiny on the Bounty, Horatio Hornblower, Aubrey and Maturin, or even Jacky Faber.You like the younger side of YA.You find the idea of a moody Eas [...]

    3. I'm so glad I decided to listen to the Full Cast Audio production of this young adult novel. In fact, I didn't realize until after I had listened to it that it won a 2007 Audie Award. I believe it. I was riveted during this novel, even though I have read the book (and its sequel) before. Riveted while driving through whirling snow on a Chicago interstate is a little dangerous, but I survived.[return][return]Matt Cruse was born on an airship and has worked on one since the age of 12. He's only a [...]

    4. 2/1/18 $1.99 for Kindle.I really liked this one.Airborn is about a cabin boy on an passenger air ship. It takes place in an alternate history of our world - so it may be classified as fantasy, but it is not really a fantasy story - it's an adventure story. Has an 1800's or maybe Edwardian feel. It might appear to be more of a "boy book", but there is a main character who is a girl, so there's someone girls can relate to, and a bit of wholesome romance. I wouldn't assume girls wouldn't like this [...]

    5. 2.5 stars.I enjoyed it. I did. But I kept comparing it to Leviathan. There are enough similarities that I couldn't help it and I did try to be objective.Let's start with characters, shall we?Matt is nice but a bit bland. I'm sorry, but to speak plainly; he's in love with the airship, with the idea of flying, aaaandat's pretty much it. Kate: Oh, Kate. The sassier, I-just-don't-care character. I liked her, though she was a carbon copy of many girl characters I've run across recently. And I wasn't [...]

    6. This book is reminiscent of the best pirate adventures of the past, but ups the ante by setting half of the tale in the air, rather than the seas, and by taking time with characterizations, rather than creating stock Baddies.There is admittedly an odd subplot with mysterious creatures which isting enough, but really I found myself caught up the most with the "high seas" (or perhaps in this case, high over the seas) drama. Even the technical parts about the various parts of the airship, details a [...]

    7. I liked Matt as the protagonist. He was an intelligent and passionate young man who loved what he did. There is a lot of adventure in this book, especially at the end where it got especially exciting. Loved the creature that Kate's grandfather discovered and the mysterious island the Aurora lands on. Very cool world building. However, I found Kate extremely annoying. In the beginning I thought she was mildly irritating but by the middle she was pushing obnoxious. I appreciate persistence, but sh [...]

    8. If you like a lot of action in your reading, you'll love Airborn, by Kenneth Oppel. This 2005 Printz honor title reads just like watching a movie. Mr. Cruse is awfully young to work aboard a luxury airship. Even if he is only a cabin boy, he aspires to greater responsibility. Luckily, many opportunities arise for him to prove his mettle to the captain. But after the Aurora is attacked by pirates and left foundering after a typhoon, Matt's cunning and ability face test after test, leaving him phy [...]

    9. A second-generation airshipman, cabin boy Matt Cruse catches a glimpse of a sinking balloon ship, and helps engineer the daring rescue of its sole occupant. While dying, the balloonist tells Matt about magnificent winged creatures. On a later cruise, the dead man's granddaughter Kate arrives to find whatever her grandfather saw. A little bit of piracy and some stormy weather adds some spice to the story. Personally, I thought Leviathan by Scott Westerfield was a better story and more steampunk. [...]

    10. Dear author,I feel obliged to inform you of several things. I have just finished your book Airborn, and there were a few things that bothered me. For starters, do you know what happens when you clog the barrel of a gun? 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. It goes boom. You are seriously hurt, if not possibly dead.And your wording wasn't very clear, but I think you said pineap [...]

    11. A book about airships! I really was looking forward to liking this book as it's not the typical magic fantasy and really isn't even fantasy per say. It was a very slow moving book at first but at times I really got into it. It's a great adventure book with a bit of a mystery.I really don't care for first person books, because it gets really old after a while. I found that Matt (the main character and narrator) was annoying, obnoxious and thought he was better then everyone else. He came across a [...]

    12. Airships! Sky pirates! Strange creatures! Quite a bit going on here. Add in class issues and an adventurous young lady with scientific aspirations and it more than fills 500 pages.There's basically two storylines going on here. There's swashbuckling action against a group of sky pirates, and a quest to prove the existence of a strange creature, something like a gigantic bat. Our POV character is Matt Cruse, a poor young man born to fly on airships, but held back because he's essentially enlisted [...]

    13. Most definitely one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. Perhaps *best* isn’t quite the right word… I’ve read several wonderful books this year. But, for me, this is definitely one of my all-time favorites.Seldom do I come across a title that has a strong plot, a great writing style, and wonderful characters that are multi-dimensional, real, and vivid. It felt like every time I tuned in I was visiting with friends. This was a fast read, catching me from the start. The plot is quit [...]

    14. DONOTREADTHISREVIEWIFYOUHAVEYETTOFINISHTHIS WONDERFULBOOK-OML Kenneth Oppel has no mercy. Airborn is definitely competing against The Giver for the best book I read for Language Arts class.-I admit, I was a little hesitant about this book. I've never been all that interested in flight or aircraft and I thought the book would only be about that. Nope nope nope nope.-Everything in this book was so fantastical and all the characters were wonderfully unique and delicious. I loved Matt and Kate and t [...]

    15. fun, light adventure read. I liked the MC, but the main female character was a spoiled, self-centered, idiotic brat.

    16. Really liked this adventure story. The fantasy elements are handled well and I think the interpersonal struggles of the main characters are not overly done. It was really fun to read.

    17. It starts of a little slow. But if you stick with it, you might be surprised. And even when it is slow, for some reason, it moved. It flowed very well. An enjoyable read.

    18. TERRIBLE ENDINGGG!!!!!!! Hated the book, I feel asleep reading the book it was boring and I didn't like it

    19. Airborn follows the adventures of Matt Cruse, a cabin boy aboard the airship Aurora, a luxury liner in an alternate world where Jules Verne's dreams (but not his nightmares) basically came true. Unlike a lot of alternate history stories, Airborn doesn't bother with giving much world development. 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 [...]

    20. I'm rating this based on the memory that I loved it when I read it years ago, and I hand sold it a lot when I was a bookseller. An imaginative adventure.

    21. I found out about Airborn while surfing around looking for contemporaries of Harry Potter to see if any books had sold anywhere near the same number. Kenneth Oppel was unknown to me, although he has been writing for some time, partly because his previous books seem to have been aimed at a younger audience. The article I found was about who was going to replace the JK Rowling-shaped void in children’s publishing now HP was over. Oppel was the focus of the piece (it was for a Canadian site, he i [...]

    22. One word review: Fabulous!It's taken me awhile to write the full review for this, because I never feel I can do the story justice--but then, perhaps, that is enough of a review in itself! Suffice it to say this story has so much adventure and excitement, suspense and action, yet also heaps of thoughtfulness and sensitivity and absolutely marvelous characterization. I hesitate to bring out any sort of "Harry Potter comparison" but really this is the closest to an HP "feel" of any novel I've read [...]

    23. Airborn by Kenneth Oppel****4.5****Airborn is the wonderfully fresh story of cabin boy Matt Cruse. Born in the air, Matt has always felt most at home flying aboard the luxury air ship Aurora. It was his father's ship before and it was his ship now. One day he hopes to be a Junior Sailmaker.One night while on watch duty Matt spies a balloon off in the distance and with the help of his crew he rescues the balloonist, who asks him Did you see them? before he dies, saying that Kate would have loved [...]

    24. Finally decided to review this book, as I think it is really underrated, and more people should read it!Reading Airborn was like a breath of fresh air from all the other cliché YA storylines around. Whenever I try to explain the originality, I find myself not doing the book justice. “Bascially,” I tell people, “think of pirates and ships but in the sky.” Sure, it may sound odd, but the storyline works. In fact, I think the setting makes the book that much better. If one goes overboard w [...]

    25. Matt Cruse, a cabin boy on board a luxury airship, befriends Kate, a girl from a wealthy family. After the ship crash-lands on a deserted tropical island, he reluctantly teams up with her in a quest to solve the mystery of her late grandfather’s sighting of a mysterious winged creature near where they are stranded.What’s not to like? It has action, it has good characters, it has a good grasp of history, it has mystery and did I mention the action. I don’t think librarians will be able to k [...]

    26. 4.5 starsThis book is amazing!!!I loved it. The airships, the characters, pirates, mythical beasts come to life, skeptical scientists, daring girls, snooty chaperones, brave captains, vivacious cooks, and a daring, brave, excelling cabin boy.Matt Cruse is a cabin boy on board the majestic airshipAurora. I love this character. He is everything you want in a hero, brave exceptionally talented, daring and just crazy enough to try things that others would never think of. By he us also authentic faci [...]

    27. Airborn is such a great read! (Or in my case listen, since I listened to the audiobook). But no matter how many times I booktalk it, tell my teens about it, and try to really sell it to readers, it still remains a hard book to convince them to take. I'm not sure if that's because the old cover which we have in the library and maybe the paperback cover is helping to remedy that. I often describe this book as Treasure Island meets Around the World in 80 Days which sometimes will get a reader's att [...]

    28. Honestly, I have to say this is both one of the best steampunk books I've read and one of the best YA books. Set on a passenger liner airship in an alternate early 20th century, with a cabin boy as the main character. It's sort of inevitable to compare it to Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan series, but besides taking place on a working airship there's not that much in common. This book doesn't deal with war, and it's set in a world that more closely resembles our own. There are no fantasy elements h [...]

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