I thought I might not be as interested in this book as in the first two, but Oppel did a great job. The story is different enough to make it interesting and the danger keeps you turning pages to see how things work out. I always love the characters, particularly Miss Karr and Sir Hugh. This is a fun and exciting story, satisfying as an ending to Kate and Matt's adventures (maybe). As evidence of the delightful humor sprinkled throughout, here is one of my favorite parts:
"When you see a fellow with his tartan underpants down around his skinny ankles, and know his bum as been sucked into a toilet bowl, it's hard not to feel a bit sorry for him, even if he is a pompous monster" (pg 286).Read-alikes:
for the alternate history element:
The Golden Compassand The Subtle Knifeby Phillip Pullman
Also rather reminded me of the movie Apollo 13
I think there were about three.
Some action, but not really violent.
Overall rating: ***