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Starclimber (Matt Cruse #3)

4.22 of 5 stars 4.22  ·  rating details  ·  4,820 ratings  ·  398 reviews

"Mr. Cruse, how high would you like to fly?"

A smile soared across my face.

"As high as I possibly can."

Pilot-in-training Matt Cruse and Kate de Vries, expert on high-altitude life-forms, are invited aboard the Starclimber, a vessel that literally climbs its way into the cosmos. Before they even set foot aboard the ship, catastrophe strikes:

Kate announces she is engaged—a

Paperback, 490 pages
Published (first published 2009)
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Dear Ken Oppel,

You never disappoint. Thanks for that.


mary shelagh
Aug 26, 2008 mary shelagh rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to mary shelagh by: Clare Hitchens
Shelves: fantasy
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Morgan F
One reason I love this series is because it's good clean fun and a traditional adventure. It's nonstop thrilling action. It doesn't fall prey to modern fantasy trends such as all-consuming romance, vampires, werewolves, and fictional boarding schools. This series finds its roots in Jules Verne, but is still really fun and accessible for people of any age or gender.

Each book is its own little adventure and doesn't rely on cliffhangers to guarantee readers will pick up the next one. Oppel has fai
Jul 15, 2010 Janeen-san rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kendall, Nick, Mimi
Recommended to Janeen-san by: Ari
Shelves: books-i-own
This book is amazing--it has everything a bookworm could want. Romance, adventure, spaceships...and monkeys.

Matt Cruse and Kate de Vries are about to set off on the ultimate outer space!
Matt Cruse, after weeks of going through grueling outer-space training, desparatly hopes to be the one picked to go into outer space--along with many other young men. Will he be chosen?
With a dash of luck, he and Kate clamor aboard the Starclimber, the first space ship.
At first he feels very miserable
There is a space race! Did you think it was between the Americans and Russians? Then you'd be mistaken, it’s really between the Canadians and the French. Starclimber starts out a few months after the last one ended. Matt is in Paris with Kate doing what he loves, flying. It seems like it's going pretty well for a not even 18 year old young man. That is until trouble finds Mr. Cruse, which it always does.

Matt Cruse has a chance to go into space but first he must prove himself. As he goes into tra
Nov 09, 2009 Kathryn rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of "Airborn"--everyone else, read "Airborn" ASAP!!!!
4.5 STARS I loved the latest adventure with Matt and Kate and their voyage to the stars! Truly, I considered giving this only four stars but I think the only reason for that is not due to anything wrong with the book but simply because I wanted MORE! It seemed there could have been even MORE exploration, of both characters and of space... but everything that was done was done very well and Oppel remains a master of the "action/suspense scenes" while also crafting remarkably "real" characters of ...more
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I began this book with great anticipation. I LOVED Oppel's previous two books in this series. They were fun, exciting, and interesting. They were books I wished I had written. It isn't that these adjectives don't apply to Starclimber, just not with the depth of sincerity and passion that his previous books inspired. Perhaps it was the action didn't have enough drama or the characters were petty and frustrating. I'm not sure but what I'd come to expect from Oppel, I just didn't find. It was a goo ...more
STARCLIMBER is the third book in the Airborn Series. If you have not yet read books 1 & 2, please be warned that the following review contains spoilers for those two books.

So, yet again, Oppel has managed pull me into the tales of Matt Cruise with the first chapter - and I'm hooked from that point on; not wanting to set the book down, but rather anxious to read the next chapter, and the next, and the next...

After Matt has taken on two airborn adventures in books 1&2, the next obvious tre
I was afraid this book might not live up to the first two in the series, and unfortunately I was right - although it's certainly not for lack of trying on Mr. Oppel's part. He has managed to combine pieces of The Right Stuff, Apollo 13, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, religious fanaticism, and a hint of the Pink Panther. Having taken us on swashbuckling adventures aboard a giant dirigible and a high-altitude plane, there was no place else for intrepid hero Matt Cruse to go but to the stars. In thi ...more
Disclaimer: I love Kenneth Oppel. This is not my favourite of his books, though. It's still a great adventure story, set as it is in a parallel universe of steampunk space travel. (You heard me.) If you're willing to overlook a few contrived plot devices and a couple of elements that feel recycled from the first two books in this series, then it's fabulous fun.

Matt and Kate are back, joined by a particularly colourful cast of characters. I particularly enjoyed Evelyn Karr, obviously the parallel
From the sky to the stratosphere and finally to the heights of space itself, this immensely satisfying conclusion to the Airborn trilogy did the whole series justice.

Matt Cruse, now commander of his own small cargo airship, thinks his life is running along fine. But all at once, everything seems to go wrong. A group of terrorists attack one of France's greatest projects; a huge tower to the stars. One of Matt's own crewmen turns traitor on him. And his girlfriend, the bright and lovely heiress,
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The third installment of the Airborn series does not disapoint. Matt and Kate are back in another thrilling adventure. I could never get tierd reading about their adventures. This one has a lot of the same elements that I loved in the first two books. I love these characters and the amazing alternate history that Oppel has created. I was happy to see some old favorites back again too, like Captain Walken and Chef Vlad.
The plot is full of action and conflicts from the begining as Matt faces terr
April Helms
This is the third book in Oppel's "Airborn" series. This book was a fun read, but I thought the first two were superior. Fans of the fast-paced, near non-stop action of the first two might find the pacing slow. Personally, I thought the pacing was fine; it was slower and more deliberate, and got more into the relationships and interactions, especially between Matt and Kate. I also liked how some things which seemed inconsequential in the beginning turned out to be important at the end.
In this t
I enjoyed the first in the series and the second was rocky but had some really interesting moments.... but I really didn't care for this one. I do respect the painstaking care that the author put into making this alternative steampunk-ish space exploration plausible. However it felt like he just borrowed heavily from deepwater exploration, down to the creatures and space fauna, without really putting his own spin on it. Also the two ostensible heroes, Kate and Matt were just awful to be around f ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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STARCLIMBER is the sequel to Oppel's AIRBORN and SKYBREAKER. This was a fantastic science fiction book for young adults, and will follow in their path of award-winning writing.

Matt is an accomplished young man who has many incredible opportunities to prove himself as he climbs out of his childhood. Kate is a feisty young woman with her sights set on a future filled with women's liberation and scientific research.

Together, they meet their newest c
Jun 26, 2009 Serena rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: ppl who like good books
Shelves: own
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Jason Tabit
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I have very much enjoyed this series (Airborn, Skybreaker, and now Starclimber)and was overjoyed to find the third wondrous installment the other day. I think it's the best one so far. I was very happy with the ending, and although there is not as much man vs. man conflict in the plot, it is still as gripping as any other in the series. I am a big fan of Kenneth Oppel, and I highly reccomend this series, or else the Silverwing Saga. Enjoy!
How would you feel if you knew you were going to be one of the first people in space? How would you react if you knew there was no way to get back down to Earth?
In this series, which was awarded the title of The Times Children Novel of 2005, written by Kenneth Oppel, is set in a derivative of our world. Matt Cruse is one of the few young men who was chosen for a great task. No man has ever gone into space, and he was going to be one of the first. Yet there is many challenges that they await on
It's finally here! Or at least it will be by February 24th. The 3rd book in the Airborn series. Our pilot in training Matt Cruse is paired again with heiress Kate DeVries as they train to be the first in space. Fast paced action combined with Jules Verne imagination make this a great read for young adults.
The topic of this one is space travel! Matt and Kate are invited to participate in the launch of a top-secret vessel to Outer Space. At first, I admit I was a bit skeptical. 'This book is just going to skip all the years of slow incremental steps the actual Space Program went through and just launch a ship with a full crew into space on the first go,' I scoffed. And while yes, that's sort of what happens, I was pleasantly surprised by the ingenuity and originality of the method by which they tra ...more
Karén Eloyan

Starclimber is one of the most gripping books I’ve read in a while. After the first few chapters, I couldn’t put the book down. There’s this suspense that courses through the book. It makes excellent use of it setting and the characters were interesting. I also like how the book generally strayed from the conventions that dominate many books today. The main character isn’t a “chosen” one, there aren’t supernatural beings, and no soppy romance. While there is a romance in the book, it’s believab
Well I just finished the third book in the Matt Cruse series and it did not disappoint. This book has everything the first two did. Another great installment to a great series, and I can only hope Mr. Opel plans on more Matt Cruse adventures. I eagerly await.
Nancy Butts
Final book in the trilogy, and though it wasn’t my favorite, I still enjoyed this venture up an “astral cable” into space. The technology in this installment is the least plausible, and the most like Jules Verne, of any of the books. But then, I loved Jules Verne as a kid, so this isn’t a criticism. I do think that having your spacecraft permanently tied to a cable, thus limiting its movement to just one axis of space, also tends to limit the plot possibilities. As a result, this book felt a bit ...more
Tim Smith
One is often tempted, when given the opportunity to write a review of a book or series, to trot out a witty observation or comparison that will garner some attention. However, this title and the two titles that preceded it only left me disappointed. Sure, Oppel writes a good story and the plots have some good continuity, but it presented no surprises. If the goal was to sell books, then that seems to have ben reached based on the reviews on this site and what was in the e-reader editions. Other ...more
The third book in the Matt Cruse series, once again Ken Oppel does a wonderful job of pacing and believability of the alternate history world where Cadet Cruse lives. In this world American Revolution never happened and that we saw science progress around the globe based on logic and realism. There's religious fanaticism and sky pirates who plunder. This third installment was nice conclusion if Mr. Oppel finishes here, which I hope he continues I'd like to see at least 2-3 more novels of Mr. Cru ...more
Michael Drakich
I picked up this book at a Bookfest where the author was one of the speakers. At the time of purchase, I did not know it was the third book of a series, which was good, because if I had, I probably would not have bought it. This is a stand alone novel. Reading the previous two would have made no difference in my enjoyment of it. The story took me back to my days as a youth reading early scifi from the masters, Heinlein, Asimov and Bradbury. The title and cover blurb reminded me of classics like ...more
I'm excited about starting this one. I think this series is fantastic and I'm so glad to have more of Matt and Kate.
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“Marry me." I said.
She lowered her teacup, shaking slightly, to the saucer. "Aren't you going to get down on one knee?"
I got down on one knee and took her hand.
"Will you marry me, Kate?"
You can't propose properly without a ring." She said.
I reached into my pocket and took out James Sanderson's ring, which I'd picked up off the floor of the Starclimber when we'd crash landed.
"That's a nice looking ring." said Kate with a grin.
"Cost a fortune." I said. "And now, for the third time. Kate de Vries, will you marry me?"
She leaned forward and took my face in her hands and kissed me.
"Yes," "Yes, and yes and yes. But it will probably be terrible."
"Probably," I agreed.
"Honestly," she sighed, "I don't know what kind of life we'll have together, with me always flying off in one direction and you in the other."
I smiled. "It's a good thing the world's round," I said.”
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