Airborn (Matt Cruse #1)
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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
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
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If you enjoy this series I think you may also enjoy Arabella of Mars.
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
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
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
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
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 is the wonderfully fresh story of cabin boy Matt Cruse. Born in the air, Matt has always felt most at home flying aboard the luxury air ship Aurora. It was his father's ship before and it was his ship now. One day he hopes to be a Junior Sailmaker.
One night while on watch duty Matt spies a balloon off in the distance and with the help of his crew he rescues the balloonist, who asks him Did you see them? before he dies, saying that Kate would have loved ...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
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
This book is amazing!!!
I loved it. The airships, the characters, pirates, mythical beasts come to life, skeptical scientists, daring girls, snooty chaperones, brave captains, vivacious cooks, and a daring, brave, excelling cabin boy.
Matt Cruse is a cabin boy on board the majestic airship Aurora. I love this character. He is everything you want in a hero, brave exceptionally talented, daring and just crazy enough to try things that others would never think of. By he us also authentic fa ...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
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
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‘Yes,’ said Kate, ‘and it was very, very dark.”
“If I don’t, it’ll catch up with me.” The words just came out.
I took my hands from my face, panting. I stared out at the storm.