Airborn (Matt Cruse #1)
Ladies and gentlemen, this is YA. This is YA in all its shiny glory. If you're tired of beautiful supernatural new kids falling in love with the mortal they can't be with...
Well. This is YA.
Read this book if:
You love young, honest lads from humble beginnings who are nonetheless destined for great things.
You love high-seas adventures featuring acts of derring-do, bands of murderous pirates with creative names, shipwrecks on tropical islands, overachieving cabin boys, and smarty-pants rich girls.
You grew up with Treasure Island, Mutiny on the Bounty, Horatio Hornblower, Aubrey and Maturin, or even Jacky Faber.
You like the younger side of YA.
You find the idea of a moody Eas ...more
It’s like Muppet Treasure Island meets Horatio Hornblower meets Mark Llama: Gerbil Farmer meets Anne of Green Gables (which I definitely just wrote as Anne of Green Bagels) and I loved loved loved it.
Our hero Matt, cabin boy with big dreams, i ...more
I enjoyed it. I did. But I kept comparing it to Leviathan. There are enough similarities that I couldn't help it and I did try to be objective.
Let's start with characters, shall we?
Matt is nice but a bit bland. I'm sorry, but to speak plainly; he's in love with the airship, with the idea of flying, aaaand...that's pretty much it.
Kate: Oh, Kate. The sassier, I-just-don't-care character. I liked her, though she was a carbon copy of many girl characters I've run across recently. And I wa ...more
There is admittedly an odd subplot with mysterious creatures which is...interesting enough, but really I found myself caught up the most with the "high seas" (or perhaps in this case, high over the seas) drama. Even the technical parts about the various parts of the airship, ...more
I really don't care for first person books, because it gets really old after a while. I found that Matt (the main character and narrator) was annoying, obnoxious and thought he was better then everyone else. He came across a ...more
However, I found Kate extremely annoying. In the beginning I thought she was mildly irritating but by the middle she was pushing obnoxious. I appreciate persistence, but sh ...more
There's basically two storylines going on here. There's swashbuckling action against a group of sky pirates, and a quest to prove the existence of a strange creature, something like a gigantic bat. Our POV character is Matt Cruse, a poor young man born to fly on airships, but held back because he's essentially enlisted ...more
Seldom do I come across a title that has a strong plot, a great writing style, and wonderful characters that are multi-dimensional, real, and vivid. It felt like every time I tuned in I was visiting with friends.
This was a fast read, catching me from the start. The plot is quite unique ...more
I really liked the world the author created and all the little details made it seem quite real. It did take me a chapter or two to get "into" it, but it was never boring. I also liked how everything tied into everything else....there were no loose ends or unnecessary subplots. Quite an ...more
Finally decided to review this book, as I think it is really underrated, and more people should read it!
Reading Airborn was like a breath of fresh air from all the other cliché YA storylines around. Whenever I try to explain the originality, I find myself not doing the book justice. “Bascially,” I tell people, “think of pirates and ships but in the sky.” Sure, it may sound odd, but the storyline works. In fact, I think the setting makes the book that much better. If one goes overboard while on a...more
I often describe this book as Treasure Island meets Around the World in 80 Days which sometimes will get a reader's att ...more
What’s not to like? It has action, it has good characters, it has a good grasp of history, it has mystery … and did I mention the action. I don’t think librarians will be able to keep ...more
It's taken me awhile to write the full review for this, because I never feel I can do the story justice--but then, perhaps, that is enough of a review in itself! Suffice it to say this story has so much adventure and excitement, suspense and action, yet also heaps of thoughtfulness and sensitivity and absolutely marvelous characterization. I hesitate to bring out any sort of "Harry Potter comparison" but really this is the closest to an HP "feel" of any novel I've read ...more
Airborn justly serves as a great example of what the YA adventure market gets right.
Airborn is full of YA staples: a first person narrator trying hard to grow up, often surrounded by unsympathetic adults or peers, who goes on a series of action-laden adventures of near superhero proportions. There's a lot of alternate universe in YA, too, which gives the read ...more
Matt Cruse is completely at home in the sky, a cabin boy aboard the immense airship Aurora. He dreams of one day piloting his own air vessel. But his adventurous sky life is about to take an even crazier turn. The Aurora becomes host to the headstrong, fiery heiress Kate de Vries, a girl on a mission for a strange creature that her grandfather swore existed. A creature that lives above the ...more
i love the details in this story- tha ...more
I enjoyed the characters and the story was quite convincing. I probably would have had it at 4 stars, except I was highly disappointed by the death of a side character. I mean, it was real. But I really didn't care to read this book for a dose of real ...more
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my favorite part of the book is close to the end where Matt, Kate, and Leanardo escape from the pirates and sneak on to the pirate-captured Aroura. They skulk around the ship, unhooking mooring lines and such off the beach. Matt even got into the kitchen and putt sleep ...more
The action is set in what might be regarded as a parallel universe where huge gas filled airships, not heavier than air planes, rule the skies. A coming of age story about Matt Cruse, cabin boy, and his adventures with head strong, intelligent and driven fellow teen, Kate. In some ways polar opposites, Matt, from a poor background, Kate, something of a spoiled rich girl. But, they are immediately drawn to each other and are percepti ...more