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Skybreaker (Matt Cruse #2)

4.23  ·  Rating Details  ·  8,350 Ratings  ·  513 Reviews
A legendary ghost ship. An incredible treasure. A death-defying adventure.

Forty years ago, the airship Hyperion vanished with untold riches in its hold. Now, accompanied by heiress Kate de Vries and a mysterious gypsy, Matt Cruse is determined to recover the ship and its treasures. But 20,000 feet above the Earth's surface, pursued by those who have hunted the Hyperion sin
Paperback, 560 pages
Published January 2nd 2007 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 2005)
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Morgan F
OH man. I devoured this book in a few hours despite its rather large size. I was so absorbed and the pages (get ready for a pun) flew by.

This book continues Matt Cruses saga. When it starts, he is serving as an intern on the airship Flotsam. The Flotsam gets blown off course and as it rises to heights untraveled, it discovers a 40-yr-old mystery: the location of the Hyperion, a ghost ship legend to have riches upon riches on board. Because of some complications, the Flotsam must end it's journe
Ok, I can now officially say that I LOVE this series. I would never have thought I'd enjoy this so much based on that boring, boring cover, but I really, really did. And I also never would have thought I'd enjoy this one more than I did the first one in the series, but I did that too! Ghost ships? Treasure hunting? A mad inventor? Yes, yes, and yes. Also a handsome rogue, a beautiful, fiesty gypsy, a group of sherpas, the sky over Antarctica, romance, danger,, so fun. I thought it ...more
Perfect juvenile adventure story. This is what they should be making into a film, rather than messing about with the next Harry Potter clone.
Jun 22, 2010 Cara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cara by: Valerie
Get ready ladies and gents for another adventure of epic porportions with the clever Matt Cruse and vivacious Kate de Vries. This time around we find them in Paris where Matt is attending the Airship Academy, but it isn't going as well as he had hoped. He's struggling with some of his courses and isn't living up to people's expectations. Despite that he has stumbled onto another risky endeavor. Matt has seen the legendary Hyperion which is believed to be a floating treasure trove. Kate has got ...more
Rick Riordan
Nov 08, 2013 Rick Riordan rated it it was amazing
This is the sequel to Oppell’s Airborn, which I read and loved last year. If anything, I liked Skybreaker better. Oppell does a great job capturing the spirit of “classic boy adventures” like Treasure Island and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (which admittedly I never read as a boy, but I caught up with later). In Skybreaker, our young hero Matt Cruse spots a ghost ship of the air, the Hyperion, and inadvertently launches a frenzied hunt for the massive treasure that is supposedly on board. The on ...more
Feb 28, 2011 Qt rated it really liked it
I thought this was a great sequel to "Airborn;" it was full of the exciting action and well-described characters--not to mention a most intriguing "world"--that made the first book so good. I really like how the author mixes an old-fashioned era with technology, and Matt Cruse's world is realistic and memorable. I was a little surprised by how eerie and scary (for me) some of the chapters and scenes were; I probably shouldn't have been reading those at night ;-) Not that that was a bad thing--I ...more
Jan 25, 2016 Skip rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Know this: I really like steampunk novels. Matt Cruse is on an internship on the Flotsam, when things go awry and he has to save the airship from disaster as it finds a 40-year old ghost ship, the Hyperion. Hyperion contained the riches of a famous inventor and was lost with all hands on board. Back in Paris at the Airship Academy, Matt and Kate are quickly engaged in a race (view spoiler) to find the ship. Joined by a dashing young entrepren ...more
Jun 14, 2010 Valerie rated it really liked it
I nearly forgot I had read the first book which I could very well get in trouble for, seeing how many people love this series. The whole premise of historic fiction with a sci-fi twist to it is starting to have a real appeal to me now. I don't know exactly what they call it though.

Matt is just how I remembered him though he gets a bit obsessive about money, being good enough and all that. Kate is true to her character as well. Things get complicated between them, the captain, and the gypsy. I g
An Odd1
Oct 20, 2011 An Odd1 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
"Skybreaker" (Matt Cruse #2) is a hydrium powered airship with Everest altitude capability owned by debonair Captain Hal. After Victorian steampunk "Airborn", cabin-boy Matt attends Air Academy and rich Kate studies at the Sorbonne, both in Paris. When our brave lad learns coordinates to the 40-year hidden retreat of a wealthy inventor, mysterious gypsy Nadira saves him. Kate hires Hal and the team of four hunt treasure, still pursued by greedy Barton. I liked the action adventure, not the suppo ...more
Feb 17, 2009 Jamie rated it really liked it
Shelves: 12-14, adventure
I know my friend Deb just loves Oppel, so while coming down from the Sibert jury, I thought this might be a good relaxing escape.

It really was all that and more. For a long book, it reads fast fast fast. You can't quit turning the pages. Plots twist, not in an unbelievable way but more in a slight-jaw-dropping, actually gasping/saying things out loud way.

This would be a perfect book for boys who like Alex Rider - different but the same sort of plot plot plot action action action.
Sep 19, 2008 Ravi rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: ANYONE!!!
Recommended to Ravi by: Tenzin
As good an airborn but much, much higher up. 20,000 feet up!
Jan 20, 2016 Sajid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: steampunk lovers
Recommended to Sajid by: Blayde Pamprin
I thought this book was really good because it has a lot of action, suspense, and the slightest touch of romance. This series has to be the best series that i have ever read because of its contents.

This book is about a boy named Matt Cruse who has seen a ship that was supposed to be destroyed but turns out to be just floating around above the clouds at 20,000 feet aimlessly and he is the only one who knows of its whereabouts. As soon as the world hears about him
Willem van den Oever
Kenneth Oppel’s “Airborn” – the first in a YA series starring Matt Cruse – was a spectacular and thoroughly enjoyable adventure novel of the classic kind. Featuring airships, pirates, journeys to exotic places and narrow escapes, Oppel took all the familiar elements from the works of Jules Verne and R.L. Stevenson and made them his own.
Such a piece of work warrants a sequel and with “Skybreaker”, Oppel brings back all the familiar goodies.

This time Matt Cruse, the enigmatic dreamer, teams up onc
Barbara ★
Airborn hero, Matt Cruse is finally studying at the Airship Academy in Paris. Part of his school work is a hands on 2 weeks mission aboard an airship. Unluckily for Matt, he is chosen to join the crew of the Flotsam a wreck of a ship with a rather nutso captain. A mysterious sight draws the ship up, up and away. The sighting of a ship at 20,000 feet draws the captains attention and regardless of safety he sets off in pursuit. The Hyperion was lost 40 years earlier supposedly with all hands on de ...more
Jan 23, 2009 Jaemi rated it really liked it
In this sequel to Airborn, we pick up about where we left off. Matt’s taken his money and used it to enroll in the Airship Academy, sending some home for his mother and sister’s. Kate has enrolled in the Sorbonne and taken up flying lessons. The adventure begins with Matt’s internship about the Flotsam.

Assistant to the Navigator, he’s learning things he never really took the time to notice board the Aurora. He was always more concerned with the flying than the routes. And while he appreciates hi
Krista (I remember you, Min) (Critical)
I liked this one much better than the first. It was deeper, and the main character, Matt, actually started acting like a person rather than a one-dimensional name on a page. It focused more on the characters than the plot, and had quite a bit of romance. Matt practically spends the whole book lusting over Kate.

It was also good to get some new characters. Hal was complex. I had trouble figuring out what to make of him, and whethere to trust him or not, which was fine. Same goes for Nadira, who I
Sep 30, 2009 Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Quasar :)
Recommended to Ann by: Katie and Tyler
This series is fast becoming one of my favorites! A great deal of this has to do with the protagonist being such a wonderful, upstanding, young man who tries his hardest to do what's right, and questions himself when he falls short (even if his failings were not from his own actions).

Oppel has created a new cast of supporting characters for Skybreaker and they are just as detailed and intriguing as the cast of Airborn (first book in the series). Returning to Skybreaker are certain other favorite
Aug 29, 2009 Kathryn rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who loved "Airborn"--and anyone who loves a grand adventure should read "Airborn"!!!
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi, ya
Another great full-cast audiobook version! I very much enjoyed this worthy sequel to the excellent "Airborn" which I loved.

(SPOILERS FOR ANYONE WHO HAS NOT READ AIRBORN. And, if you don't want to know a thing about what happens in "Skybreaker" stop reading now and just go read the book!! It's awesome!!!)

The story begins with a bang as Matt Cruse finds himself in the midst of a storm while on board an airship. It was strange at first that he wasn't on the Aurora but, of course, he has joined the
Jul 12, 2010 Janeen-san rated it it was amazing
This time, Matt Cruse and Kate di Veris are embarking on a near impossible, breathtaking journey.
And I mean breathtaking.
They join a mysterious gypsy named Nadria and a rich, important man named Slater to seek a 40-year-old ghost ship called the Hyperion; and a chance to discover it's riches, they are the first humans to set eyes on it besides the now dead captain of the ship, Grunel. The altidude is a deadly 20,000 feet and they only have a few hours to search the ship before evil sky pirates f
Nov 30, 2009 Manda rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2006
I took this book from the library for my daughter to read, but could not resist dipping into it myself, and was quickly hooked. The book, and "Airborn" the previous book in the series (if this becomes a series) is about airships - I have not read the previous book, but there is enough detail in this book that it is not totally necessary to have read the first to understand the second.

The Protagonist, Matt Cruse, is a 16 year old going through the Airship Academy, and the book is about an adventu
While I loved, loved the first book in this series, this book didn't impress me as much.

It's still great rollicking adventure, but it feels a bit to formulaic, especially the romance part. It seems the relationship between Matt and Kate is reset, and goes through the same motions as in the first book.

I will definitely pick up the 3rd and final part of the series, as it still was a page turner, but I hope it will focus more on the adventure and less on the 'does she like me or not?' romance parts
Jaymeson Durdin
Oct 09, 2015 Jaymeson Durdin rated it really liked it
Kenneth Oppel's Skybreaker caught my interests with its spontaneous tale of venture to incredible heights.

Skybreaker takes place in the early 1900's when airships were just being make back when companies used Zeppelins to move cargo and passengers. The life lesson in this book is to never cower away from something you want to do, or something you want to tell someone. Just take in a deep breathe and go for your dreams without second thoughts. What I like about the writing style the author uses
Jul 03, 2015 Alison rated it really liked it
Skybreaker by Kenneth Oppel is about a 16 year old airshipman named Matt Cruse who becomes the only person in the world to have the coordinates of a forty year old ship called the Hyperion. The Hyperion was supposedly carrying a lot of riches and bringing it back to Earth means instant wealth. Matt Cruse teams up with Kate De Vries, Hal Slater, and a gypsy named Nadira to bring back the Hyperion and all it's riches. However there are many elements that make the journey a lot more difficult than ...more
Mar 12, 2015 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Airborn is good, but Skybreaker is great. It has a much faster pace at the beginning than Airborn, and most of the book takes place in a frozen airship that’s spooky at first, and then turns dangerous with the presence of (view spoiler) and yes they’re as terrifying (and awesome) as they sound. Oppel does tension so well and it’s particularly noticeable in this book, which is built around tension. Skybreaker is also deliciously funny, in a very subtle, ...more
Oct 28, 2014 Aelvana rated it really liked it
Matt has enrolled in the Academy since his last set of adventures, and is serving on a ship as part of his training when he spots the legendary airship Hyperion. Matt, tempted by the treasure, embarks on a voyage with Kate and two others to catch up with the Hyperion. But the ship holds tightly to its secrets, and they are not the only ones who have their eyes set on it.

Oppel's writing is as fluid as ever. The Earth of the story is related to our world, but with several changes, and the mix of f
Jaimie K
Mar 21, 2015 Jaimie K rated it did not like it
I actually really liked the plot of the novel and the quick pacing, but the low rating is for the horribly half-assed and problematic way Oppel deals with the issue of racism.

SPOILERS: Nadira is a Roma woman and clearly refers to herself as Roma, but the characters (and the author) always describe her as a gypsy. She's a mysterious and secretive character which isn't much of a problem by itself, but literally the first description of her by the narrator is that she's a gypsy girl, and gypsies w
Jul 17, 2009 Victoria rated it it was amazing
In this sequel to "Airborn," Matt and Kate are going higher than ever.

Matt can hardly believe his luck when he is allowed to go on a quest for the legendary Hyperion; a strange craft that an eccentric inventor left floating in the stratosphere ages ago. With Matt as one of the crew on an immense airship bound for the airborn treasure, and Kate hoping to discover new species high above the clouds, this is yet another amazing adventure of the skies that does not disappoint.
"If my heart were a compass, you'd be North."

No. This "couple" does not get to use that. NO.

I liked this one a fair bit more than Airborn. The love triangle/quadrangle wasn't the worst I've read but unnecessary and frustrating. The plot was a bit better and not nearly so, for lack of a better word, worthless. Characters still annoying or, in Matt's case, blah.
Kenneth Knudson
Jul 18, 2014 Kenneth Knudson rated it it was amazing
I have not read a book this captivating in a long time! There are many reasons why this book is legit.

First, the story is not too cheesy. Its predictable enough that I know what is going on, but not so revealing that I know how the story will end. It starts off with Matt Cruse, the main protagonist, aboard the ship Flotsam. After finally achieving his dream of attending the Academy, he is sent on this ship to gain field experience. They run into a huge storm, and in the eye of it spot the ship
Cathrine Bonham
Feb 13, 2013 Cathrine Bonham rated it it was amazing
Shelves: william-s-reads
I loved this book so much. It was a breath taking adventure set high above the earth in a land of thin air and bitter cold. The tale is one of romance and danger as Matt and Kate set out to find a ghost ship that has been sailing the atmosphere for forty years. Will they find the Gold that Matt desperately needs to care for his family? Will Kate discover new and bizarre aerial life? Or will all they find is a floating tomb?
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I was born in 1967 in Port Alberni, a mill town on Vancouver Island, British Columbia but spent the bulk of my childhood in Victoria, B.C. and on the opposite coast, in Halifax, Nova Scotia...At around twelve I decided I wanted to be a writer (this came after deciding I wanted to be a scientist, and then an architect). I started out writing sci-fi epics (my Star Wars phase) then went on to swords ...more
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