Sailing toward dawn, and I was perched atop the crow's nest, being the ship's eyes. We were two nights out of Sydney, and there'd been no weather to speak of so far. I was keeping watch on a dark stack of nimbus clouds off to the northwest, but we were leaving it far behind, and it looked to be... show more
Sailing toward dawn, and I was perched atop the crow's nest, being the ship's eyes. We were two nights out of Sydney, and there'd been no weather to speak of so far. I was keeping watch on a dark stack of nimbus clouds off to the northwest, but we were leaving it far behind, and it looked to be smooth going all the way back to Lionsgate City. Like riding a cloud. . . . Matt Cruse is a cabin boy on the Aurora, a huge airship that sails hundreds of feet above the ocean, ferrying wealthy passengers from city to city. It is the life Matt's always wanted; convinced he's lighter than air, he imagines himself as buoyant as the hydrium gas that powers his ship. One night he meets a dying balloonist who speaks of beautiful creatures drifting through the skies. It is only after Matt meets the balloonist's granddaughter that he realizes that the man's ravings may, in fact, have been true, and that the creatures are completely real and utterly mysterious. In a swashbuckling adventure reminiscent of Jules Verne and Robert Louis Stevenson, Kenneth Oppel, author of the best-selling Silverwing trilogy, creates an imagined world in which the air is populated by transcontinental voyagers, pirates, and beings never before dreamed of by the humans who sail the skies.
Format: mass market paperback
Publish date: May 24th 2005
Pages no: 544
Edition language: English
Series: Matt Cruse (#1)
Here's another book that doesn't quite fit genres. Airborn is set in a world where the major form of long-distance air travel is drigibles and hot air balloons. The airship lift is provided by an made-up substance called hydrium and there is a sub-plot about finding a previously-undiscovered-by-c...
2.5 stars.I enjoyed it. I did. But I kept comparing it to [b:Leviathan|6050678|Leviathan (Leviathan, #1)|Scott Westerfeld|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1275694232s/6050678.jpg|6226342]. There are enough similarities that I couldn't help it and I did try to be objective.Let's start with characters, sh...
Matt Cruse’s normal life as cabin boy of the airship Aurora is changed forever on one extraordinary voyage, filled with pirates, a mysterious island, and a beautiful, dangerous, and previously undiscovered creature.“This is my home,” I told him dully. And I’d never felt it more than now. I’d bundl...
This book has it all, action, adventure, tragedy, and a little bit of romance. The book grabs you from the very beginning and never let's go. It follows the story of boy in his early teens (15 or 16) that is a cabin boy on an airship. While the boy, Matt, is on watch duty he spots a hot air balloon ...
I totally loved this book - action-packed, fast-moving adventure, coolest airship ever, incredibly suspenseful and has mysterious flying creatures. This book had everything except teenage angst. It might be young adult, but the protagonist is a boy so no girly angsty stuff! I'm anxiously awaiting...