Friday, April 30, 2010

Airborn by Kenneth Oppel

5 Stars

I'll admit, I wasn't thrilled about reading this one.  Yeah, it looked good, but it's 500 pages.  That's a big time commitment.

So I put it off.... and put it off....

Wow am I glad I finally read it.

It's like... a steampunk Treasure Island, except that it's not quite.

Matt Cruse was born in the air.  Literally.  On an airship.  And now after serving aboard one for three years, he knows his home is in the sky. 

So he's the cabin boy adventurer.  :D  A classic character.

Throw in strange creatures, pirates, a rich kid/rival, and a headstrong girl who just won't listen to reason, and it's just not going to be your typical ocean crossing.

AND it's the beginning of a trilogy.  Woohoo!

Fun story-- well worth the time.  I loved it!

In some ways, it reminded me of Treasure Planet.

What's YOUR favorite Treasure Island-ish tale?  (I must confess, I love Muppet's Treasure Island!)

Counts for the Support Your Local Library Challenge and was our book club pick for March!


  1. So glad you liked it! I think this one is the best in the series, but I'll be looking forward to what you think of the others!

  2. I'm trying to figure out how the third one fits in (based on the brief descriptions I read).

    I really like the characters, though, so I'm excited to see what other mischief they get themselves into....