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(Matt Cruse #3)

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"Mr. Cruse, how high would you like to fly?"

A smile soared across my face.

"As high as I possibly can."

Pilot-in-training Matt Cruse and Kate de Vries, expert on high-altitude life-forms, are invited aboard the Starclimber, a vessel that literally climbs its way into the cosmos. Before they even set foot aboard the ship, catastrophe strikes:

Kate announces she is engaged—

Hardcover, 490 pages
Published August 26th 2008 by HarperCollins Canada
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AIDAN The King of France, The person who wanted the eiffel tower to reach space and be first there.

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Jul 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing

Dear Ken Oppel,

You never disappoint. Thanks for that.


Morgan F
One reason I love this series is because it's good clean fun and a traditional adventure. It's nonstop thrilling action. It doesn't fall prey to modern fantasy trends such as all-consuming romance, vampires, werewolves, and fictional boarding schools. This series finds its roots in Jules Verne, but is still really fun and accessible for people of any age or gender.

Each book is its own little adventure and doesn't rely on cliffhangers to guarantee readers will pick up the next one. Oppel has fai
Aug 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Mary by: Clare Hitchens
Shelves: fantasy
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Nov 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kendall, Nick, Mimi
Recommended to Janeen-san by: Ari
Shelves: books-i-own
This book is amazing--it has everything a bookworm could want. Romance, adventure, spaceships...and monkeys.

Matt Cruse and Kate de Vries are about to set off on the ultimate outer space!
Matt Cruse, after weeks of going through grueling outer-space training, desparatly hopes to be the one picked to go into outer space--along with many other young men. Will he be chosen?
With a dash of luck, he and Kate clamor aboard the Starclimber, the first space ship.
At first he feels very miserable
Mar 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
A celestial tower is being built to the heavens in Paris, when a pioneer (Lunardi) decides to launch is own space effort. He recruits 100 candidates from all walks of life to become the first "astralnauts," to man the Starclimber: a spaceship tethered to a 25,000 mile cable. Kate DeVries and another pompous zoologist are chosen to observe, while young Matt Cruse has to undertake a grueling competition to join. Lunardi recruits Matt's mentor, Captain Walken, to lead the expedition. Like the previ ...more
There is a space race! Did you think it was between the Americans and Russians? Then you'd be mistaken, it’s really between the Canadians and the French. Starclimber starts out a few months after the last one ended. Matt is in Paris with Kate doing what he loves, flying. It seems like it's going pretty well for a not even 18 year old young man. That is until trouble finds Mr. Cruse, which it always does.

Matt Cruse has a chance to go into space but first he must prove himself. As he goes into tra
Aug 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of "Airborn"--everyone else, read "Airborn" ASAP!!!!
4.5 STARS I loved the latest adventure with Matt and Kate and their voyage to the stars! Truly, I considered giving this only four stars but I think the only reason for that is not due to anything wrong with the book but simply because I wanted MORE! It seemed there could have been even MORE exploration, of both characters and of space... but everything that was done was done very well and Oppel remains a master of the "action/suspense scenes" while also crafting remarkably "real" characters of ...more
Feb 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young adult, alternative historical fiction, adventure
Starclimber by Kenneth Oppel

"Honestly," she sighed. "I don't know what kind of life we'll have together, with me always flying off in one direction and you in the other."
I smiled. "It's a good thing the world's round," I said.

What do you do when you've flown a ship higher than anyone has before? Go higher of course!

Matt Cruse and Kate de Vries are both recruited for a mission to outer space. About half of the book takes place on Earth, in preparation for the flight, so if you're onl
Dec 01, 2017 rated it liked it
First off, I'm a big fan of the Matt Cruse trilogy which includes Airborn, Skybreaker, and Starclimber. After reading the first two books, I was extremely excited to finish the series with Starclimber. However at the end, it felt like the book excluded something that made me as a reader to become a little confused and disappointed. For that, I only rated it 3 stars. If you're interested in adventure and romance, this trilogy is definitely something I recommend. Goodreads.
Jan 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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STARCLIMBER is the third book in the Airborn Series. If you have not yet read books 1 & 2, please be warned that the following review contains spoilers for those two books.

So, yet again, Oppel has managed pull me into the tales of Matt Cruise with the first chapter - and I'm hooked from that point on; not wanting to set the book down, but rather anxious to read the next chapter, and the next, and the next...

After Matt has taken on two airborn adventures in books 1&2, the next obvious tre
Jennifer Wardrip
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STARCLIMBER is the sequel to Oppel's AIRBORN and SKYBREAKER. This was a fantastic science fiction book for young adults, and will follow in their path of award-winning writing.

Matt is an accomplished young man who has many incredible opportunities to prove himself as he climbs out of his childhood. Kate is a feisty young woman with her sights set on a future filled with women's liberation and scientific research.

Together, they meet their newest c
Matt Decuir
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
A little far fetched but still good. The first two books were better
April Helms
Jun 28, 2009 rated it liked it
This is the third book in Oppel's "Airborn" series. This book was a fun read, but I thought the first two were superior. Fans of the fast-paced, near non-stop action of the first two might find the pacing slow. Personally, I thought the pacing was fine; it was slower and more deliberate, and got more into the relationships and interactions, especially between Matt and Kate. I also liked how some things which seemed inconsequential in the beginning turned out to be important at the end.
In this t
Jan 20, 2010 rated it liked it
I began this book with great anticipation. I LOVED Oppel's previous two books in this series. They were fun, exciting, and interesting. They were books I wished I had written. It isn't that these adjectives don't apply to Starclimber, just not with the depth of sincerity and passion that his previous books inspired. Perhaps it was the action didn't have enough drama or the characters were petty and frustrating. I'm not sure but what I'd come to expect from Oppel, I just didn't find. It was a goo ...more
Cori Reed
Jul 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
It finally happened. I've hit a reading slump. This is the only book I've finished in the past five days, and thank goodness I really liked it!

Earlier in July I read the second book in this series, Skybreaker, and was pleasantly surprised by it, and when I saw this final book at the library it called to me.

This is such a fun steampunk/alternate early 20th century story, and in this installment, Canada is at the front of the space race! I'm a sucker for books set in Canada, or featuring Canadians
Barbara ★
A terrific conclusion to the Matt Cruse series. This one features Matt and Kate de Vries on a mission to outer space. Believe it or not (and some of it surely is unrealistic but fun), the StarClimber is a space ship that can travel 25,000 miles from the Earth. This is an exciting adventure with clever characters, minor mishaps, major screwups and all around good fun. I loved that Matt finally got his HEA with Ms. de Vries (who I honestly wasn't sure about all the way up until the final chapter). ...more
Hope there are more stories to come of Matt and Kate and their adventures.
Melissa Michelle
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Yet another awesome adventure mixed with romantic drama has come to a close. Kenneth Oppel is a great story-teller. This particular series is one that you can read over and over again and get swept up into the story.
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
4,5⭐ A little strange to finish in English when I read the first 2 books in Danish - but it was a good book, so I quickly got into it 😊 Wish they would commit to finishing the translation of the whole trilogy, though... ...more
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I think this series would have been a cult classic had it been written decades ago. Really enjoyed it.
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This might not have been my fave of the series, but it was an amazing journey either way ♥
Ryan M
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
it was an amazing book their is not a thing I dislike about it the middle where Matt is about to go on the ship is extrordenary
Mar 24, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5. Solid ending to a fun trilogy.
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 good finish to the series
I was afraid this book might not live up to the first two in the series, and unfortunately I was right - although it's certainly not for lack of trying on Mr. Oppel's part. He has managed to combine pieces of The Right Stuff, Apollo 13, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, religious fanaticism, and a hint of the Pink Panther. Having taken us on swashbuckling adventures aboard a giant dirigible and a high-altitude plane, there was no place else for intrepid hero Matt Cruse to go but to the stars. In thi ...more
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
2/5. A meh end to the trilogy. It has some fun parts, but is nowhere near as good as the first two books.

This book played out like a too-typical, under-researched adventure story. I get that that's all I should have expected, but Airborn set a pretty clear precedent that you're supposed to get more than what you bargained for with this series. Skybreaker is a bit shallower than Airborn, and Starclimber just about scrapes the bottom of the barrel. The story is thin and rushed, and the tech behind
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Mironiel Blokzyl
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
OMGS THIS BOOK. I started reading this trilogy when I was ten, and now, 6 years later have finally finished it. WHAT TOOK YOU SO LONG?! you shriek. I actually had no idea that there were two other books in the series, which is why I've only just finished the last book. Anyway, on to the loves and non-loves of this book.


- The way Kenneth Oppel describes outer space. IT'S SO AWESOME AND I CAN'T EVEN(have I ever mentioned that I LOVE books where the characters give long descriptions of outer
Mar 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I love Kenneth Oppel. This is not my favourite of his books, though. It's still a great adventure story, set as it is in a parallel universe of steampunk space travel. (You heard me.) If you're willing to overlook a few contrived plot devices and a couple of elements that feel recycled from the first two books in this series, then it's fabulous fun.

Matt and Kate are back, joined by a particularly colourful cast of characters. I particularly enjoyed Evelyn Karr, obviously the parallel
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“Marry me." I said.
She lowered her teacup, shaking slightly, to the saucer. "Aren't you going to get down on one knee?"
I got down on one knee and took her hand.
"Will you marry me, Kate?"
You can't propose properly without a ring." She said.
I reached into my pocket and took out James Sanderson's ring, which I'd picked up off the floor of the Starclimber when we'd crash landed.
"That's a nice looking ring." said Kate with a grin.
"Cost a fortune." I said. "And now, for the third time. Kate de Vries, will you marry me?"
She leaned forward and took my face in her hands and kissed me.
"Yes," "Yes, and yes and yes. But it will probably be terrible."
"Probably," I agreed.
"Honestly," she sighed, "I don't know what kind of life we'll have together, with me always flying off in one direction and you in the other."
I smiled. "It's a good thing the world's round," I said.”
“It's the way you look whenever she mentions her fiance. My cat looks like that before he hacks up a hairball.” 58 likes
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