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Airborn by Kenneth Oppel
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Jul 29, 12


A fantastic thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat, and up late at night and yearning for more.

The book takes place in a fantasy Victorian era where airplanes (rather ships in the air) are the centre of society. The first chapter may off-put some readers due to its technicality but is rather important, so do not be discouraged future readers.

We are introduced to the young protagonist a cabin boy, Matt Cruise. Matt Cruise does not fully capture your heart until he is paired with the intelligent and witty Kate De Vries. When these two characters are together the book is heightened and all the more interesting. The two characters compliment each other perfectly, and I dare say, Matt is a bit boring without Kate by his side. Kenneth Oppel excels in creating characters, from the villains, to the chef, that brings this book to life.

Kenneth Oppel not only excels in characters but story-telling. The writing is witty, funny, and through the POV of Matt Cruise, realistic and charming. The writing is simple enough for a pre-teen to understand, but can still entertain adults. Furthermore the plot is intruding and will keep you turning each page wanting more.

If you like pirates, adventures, minimal romance and stranded islands, this book is for you.
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