Thursday, November 6, 2008

Book Review: Airborn by Kenneth Oppel

Airborn is the story of a world where airplanes were not invented and the sky was ruled by airships. Matt Cruse is a cabin boy on the same airship his father worked on. He was born in the skies (literally) and doesn't feel comfortable on the ground. During one fateful trip across the Pacificus, he and a young passenger named Kate make a remarkable discovery.

I thought this was a very fun book. The adventure and suspense were well done and kept me guessing until the end. There was also a lot of fun humor. The characters were realistic and believable. I also loved the "alternate" history feel of the story. The only problem I had was the poor editing - I was surprised at the number of mistakes made in the text (really only a handful, but still!)

s-factor: !

A handful of mild words.

mrg-factor: none.

v-factor: ->
Some violence and intense parts, but definitely not graphic or gory.

Overall rating: ****


  1. Airborn is one of the best books I've ever read! I normally don't read adventure books, but it was hard to put this one down! I fell in love with Matt, the main character. They way Kenneth Oppel describes everything, it feels like you're in the story. I LOVED Airborn!

  2. Amen, anon. So glad Oppel was able to suck you in. I was sucked in too! Hope you will pick up the sequels!


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