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Airborn by Kenneth Oppel
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Sep 01, 09

really liked it
bookshelves: high-school-books, middle-school-books, steampunk
Read in August, 2009

In an alternate early twentieth century world, Matt Cruse is a 15-year-old cabin boy on the airship, Aurora, sending his earnings to help his mother and younger sisters since his father died three years earlier. On one eventful voyage of Aurora, the ship is overtaken by pirates, driven onto an uncharted island, damaged almost beyond repair, and again overtaken by pirates. Matt finds himself involved with a young passenger, Kate DeVries, and her search for a previously unknown species of flying cat; he is deprived of a promotion to junior sailmaker by the son of the airship liner's owner, Bruce Lunardi; and he is constantly called upon to exercise his fearlessness about heights and general resourcefulness to escape a variety of difficulties. This is a classic action-adventure that seems sort of a cross between Jules Verne and Anthony Horowitz. There is depth to Matt Cruse, and while there is plenty of action and suspense, there are also some interesting ideas to think about.
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