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(Matt Cruse #2)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  10,997 ratings  ·  637 reviews
A legendary ghost ship. An incredible treasure. A death-defying adventure.

Forty years ago, the airship Hyperion vanished with untold riches in its hold. Now, accompanied by heiress Kate de Vries and a mysterious gypsy, Matt Cruse is determined to recover the ship and its treasures. But 20,000 feet above the Earth's surface, pursued by those who have hunted the Hyperion sin
Paperback, 560 pages
Published January 2nd 2007 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 2005)
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Morgan F
OH man. I devoured this book in a few hours despite its rather large size. I was so absorbed and the pages (get ready for a pun) flew by.

This book continues Matt Cruses saga. When it starts, he is serving as an intern on the airship Flotsam. The Flotsam gets blown off course and as it rises to heights untraveled, it discovers a 40-yr-old mystery: the location of the Hyperion, a ghost ship legend to have riches upon riches on board. Because of some complications, the Flotsam must end it's journe
Rick Riordan
Nov 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is the sequel to Oppell’s Airborn, which I read and loved last year. If anything, I liked Skybreaker better. Oppell does a great job capturing the spirit of “classic boy adventures” like Treasure Island and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (which admittedly I never read as a boy, but I caught up with later). In Skybreaker, our young hero Matt Cruse spots a ghost ship of the air, the Hyperion, and inadvertently launches a frenzied hunt for the massive treasure that is supposedly on board. The on ...more
Perfect juvenile adventure story. This is what they should be making into a film, rather than messing about with the next Harry Potter clone.
Ok, I can now officially say that I LOVE this series. I would never have thought I'd enjoy this so much based on that boring, boring cover, but I really, really did. And I also never would have thought I'd enjoy this one more than I did the first one in the series, but I did that too! Ghost ships? Treasure hunting? A mad inventor? Yes, yes, and yes. Also a handsome rogue, a beautiful, fiesty gypsy, a group of sherpas, the sky over Antarctica, romance, danger,, so fun. I thought it ...more
Jun 12, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cara by: Valerie
Get ready ladies and gents for another adventure of epic porportions with the clever Matt Cruse and vivacious Kate de Vries. This time around we find them in Paris where Matt is attending the Airship Academy, but it isn't going as well as he had hoped. He's struggling with some of his courses and isn't living up to people's expectations. Despite that he has stumbled onto another risky endeavor. Matt has seen the legendary Hyperion which is believed to be a floating treasure trove. Kate has got ...more
Katie Lumsden
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
A thoroughly enjoyable read. I enjoy the way Oppel writes, and the steam punk, Victorian-inspired world he creates is just my kind of thing. Great characterisation, a fun idea and a clever plot as always.
12/23/17 Kindle version on sale for $3.99. Highly recommend this series.

Sequel to Airborn. I enjoyed this one at least as much as the first book, maybe more. Looking forward to reading the third in the series, Starclimber.
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Surprisingly good!

I was only going to give this a 3/5, but the last quarter was solid, especially the tie-ins to Greek mythology.
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes young adult, alternative historical fiction, adventure, some romance
Skybreaker by Kenneth Oppel

Matt Cruise made a name and some money for himself after the fateful trip that brought Kate de Vries into his life. Now studying at the Airship Academy Matt feels like his future is in sight. During one of the training missions however, the ship Matt is on, the Flotsam rises thousands of feet into the air by mishap, reaching above the clouds and showing him a glimpse of the Hyperion a ship of legend missing for forty years.

Matt returns back to the Academy to
Dec 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Know this: I really like steampunk novels. Matt Cruse is on an internship on the Flotsam, when things go awry and he has to save the airship from disaster as it finds a 40-year old ghost ship, the Hyperion. Hyperion contained the riches of a famous inventor and was lost with all hands on board. Back in Paris at the Airship Academy, Matt and Kate are quickly engaged in a race (view spoiler) to find the ship. Joined by a dashing young entrepren ...more
Feb 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
I thought this was a great sequel to "Airborn;" it was full of the exciting action and well-described characters--not to mention a most intriguing "world"--that made the first book so good. I really like how the author mixes an old-fashioned era with technology, and Matt Cruse's world is realistic and memorable. I was a little surprised by how eerie and scary (for me) some of the chapters and scenes were; I probably shouldn't have been reading those at night ;-) Not that that was a bad thing--I ...more
Daniel Gish
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was hooked on it from page 1. It was every bit as exciting as the first book, Airborn, but with a whole new set of challenges and suspense. It ended with perhaps less resolution that I would’ve liked, but well enough that I am happy and have already taken the next one, Starclimber, off the shelf. Oppel’s writing is gripping and the story is amazing. Can’t wait to read the next one. See you in a couple of days.
Jan 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
I nearly forgot I had read the first book which I could very well get in trouble for, seeing how many people love this series. The whole premise of historic fiction with a sci-fi twist to it is starting to have a real appeal to me now. I don't know exactly what they call it though.

Matt is just how I remembered him though he gets a bit obsessive about money, being good enough and all that. Kate is true to her character as well. Things get complicated between them, the captain, and the gypsy. I
Scott Spotson
Feb 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Good read, solid adventure. Why three stars? No quibbles with this book, it's well-plotted and the characters are distinct.

It's just that I was able to put the book down for long periods of time and forget about it and then dive back into it.

Loved the plot twist on inexhaustible clean energy. Now if only!
An Odd1
Aug 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
"Skybreaker" is a hydrium-powered airship with Everest altitude capability owned by debonair Captain Hal. After Victorian steampunk "Airborn", cabin-boy Matt attends Air Academy and rich Kate studies at the Sorbonne, both in Paris. When our brave lad learns coordinates to the 40-year hidden retreat of a wealthy inventor, mysterious gypsy Nadira appears (view spoiler). Kate hires Hal and the team of four hunt treasure, still pursued by greedy Barton. I liked the act ...more
Feb 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adventure, 12-14
I know my friend Deb just loves Oppel, so while coming down from the Sibert jury, I thought this might be a good relaxing escape.

It really was all that and more. For a long book, it reads fast fast fast. You can't quit turning the pages. Plots twist, not in an unbelievable way but more in a slight-jaw-dropping, actually gasping/saying things out loud way.

This would be a perfect book for boys who like Alex Rider - different but the same sort of plot plot plot action action action.
Sep 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: ANYONE!!!
Recommended to Ravi by: Tenzin
As good an airborn but much, much higher up. 20,000 feet up!
Melissa Michelle
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Such a compelling read. Yet another adventure for Matt Cruse and Kate de Vries. Treasure hunts, adventure, and a little romance...Characters seemed to grow.
If you like Kenneth Oppel, here is another hit.
Jan 06, 2019 rated it did not like it
using slurs to emphasize using slurs is racist is Not Good buddy...
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 really. Loved it.
Jul 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who loved "Airborn"--and anyone who loves a grand adventure should read "Airborn"!!!
Shelves: ya, fantasy-sci-fi
Another great full-cast audiobook version! I very much enjoyed this worthy sequel to the excellent "Airborn" which I loved.

(SPOILERS FOR ANYONE WHO HAS NOT READ AIRBORN. And, if you don't want to know a thing about what happens in "Skybreaker" stop reading now and just go read the book!! It's awesome!!!)

The story begins with a bang as Matt Cruse finds himself in the midst of a storm while on board an airship. It was strange at first that he wasn't on the Aurora but, of course, he has joined the
Jan 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
In this sequel to Airborn, we pick up about where we left off. Matt’s taken his money and used it to enroll in the Airship Academy, sending some home for his mother and sister’s. Kate has enrolled in the Sorbonne and taken up flying lessons. The adventure begins with Matt’s internship about the Flotsam.

Assistant to the Navigator, he’s learning things he never really took the time to notice board the Aurora. He was always more concerned with the flying than the routes. And while he appreciates hi
Willem van den Oever
Kenneth Oppel’s “Airborn” – the first in a YA series starring Matt Cruse – was a spectacular and thoroughly enjoyable adventure novel of the classic kind. Featuring airships, pirates, journeys to exotic places and narrow escapes, Oppel took all the familiar elements from the works of Jules Verne and R.L. Stevenson and made them his own.
Such a piece of work warrants a sequel and with “Skybreaker”, Oppel brings back all the familiar goodies.

This time Matt Cruse, the enigmatic dreamer, teams up onc
Jul 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Quasar :)
Recommended to Ann by: Katie and Tyler
This series is fast becoming one of my favorites! A great deal of this has to do with the protagonist being such a wonderful, upstanding, young man who tries his hardest to do what's right, and questions himself when he falls short (even if his failings were not from his own actions).

Oppel has created a new cast of supporting characters for Skybreaker and they are just as detailed and intriguing as the cast of Airborn (first book in the series). Returning to Skybreaker are certain other favorit
Barbara ★
Airborn hero, Matt Cruse is finally studying at the Airship Academy in Paris. Part of his school work is a hands on 2 weeks mission aboard an airship. Unluckily for Matt, he is chosen to join the crew of the Flotsam a wreck of a ship with a rather nutso captain. A mysterious sight draws the ship up, up and away. The sighting of a ship at 20,000 feet draws the captains attention and regardless of safety he sets off in pursuit. The Hyperion was lost 40 years earlier supposedly with all hands on de ...more
Sep 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Kids, adults who like kid books etc.
When you finish a book lickity-split, you know it's good. Kenneth's Oppel second instalment to his Matt Cruse series/trilogy was about him, Kate De Vries (and a few others) finding the elusive ship Hyperion (if only the publisher was of the same name lol), rumoured to hold great secrets and great rewards.
In terms of a book, it followed quite a linear model, with a great mysterious plot, developing characters, clever plot-comebacks, and of course, romantic subplots (because who doesn't like those
Oct 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: steampunk lovers
Recommended to Sajid by: Blayde Pamprin
I thought this book was really good because it has a lot of action, suspense, and the slightest touch of romance. This series has to be the best series that i have ever read because of its contents.

This book is about a boy named Matt Cruse who has seen a ship that was supposed to be destroyed but turns out to be just floating around above the clouds at 20,000 feet aimlessly and he is the only one who knows of its whereabouts. As soon as the world hears about him
Krista (I remember you, Min) (Critical)
I liked this one much better than the first. It was deeper, and the main character, Matt, actually started acting like a person rather than a one-dimensional name on a page. It focused more on the characters than the plot, and had quite a bit of romance. Matt practically spends the whole book lusting over Kate.

It was also good to get some new characters. Hal was complex. I had trouble figuring out what to make of him, and whethere to trust him or not, which was fine. Same goes for Nadira, who I
Nov 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This time, Matt Cruse and Kate di Veris are embarking on a near impossible, breathtaking journey.
And I mean breathtaking.
They join a mysterious gypsy named Nadria and a rich, important man named Slater to seek a 40-year-old ghost ship called the Hyperion; and a chance to discover it's riches, they are the first humans to set eyes on it besides the now dead captain of the ship, Grunel. The altidude is a deadly 20,000 feet and they only have a few hours to search the ship before evil sky pirates f
Nov 30, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2006
I took this book from the library for my daughter to read, but could not resist dipping into it myself, and was quickly hooked. The book, and "Airborn" the previous book in the series (if this becomes a series) is about airships - I have not read the previous book, but there is enough detail in this book that it is not totally necessary to have read the first to understand the second.

The Protagonist, Matt Cruse, is a 16 year old going through the Airship Academy, and the book is about an adventu
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