December 22, 2009

Airborn - by Kenneth Oppel

Imagine a world in which large airships, zeppelins, sailed the skies in place of jets, carrying people and cargo around the world.   In this world, young Matt Cruise has found his dream job on the airship Aurora.  This was the ship his father had worked on, and it was Matt's destiny to follow in his father's footsteps.  Follow along as Matt has adventure after adventure, and you will begin to wish YOU could sail on the Aurora too.

At first, I loved this book because of its excellent descriptions of this alternate history, and the amazing airships.  Before long, though, I realized that this was really quite an adventurous story, and whenever I thought the story had settled down, the author threw in some more twists and turns.  It's a great book for those who love adventure stories, for those who have an interest in airships or even sea-faring ships, and for anyone who simply loves a well-written story.  This is the first in a trilogy, and it seems that the author has only gotten better after his Silverwing series.


Momo said...

You have to keep reading this series Mr K I just loved them all. You are right about the adventure and Kenneth Oppel has a real gift for making you feel like you are really there up in those hot air balloons.

Ms. Yingling said...

Oppel is one author that never does much for me. I have the Silverwing series, and they don't seem to circulate. Good to hear a different opinion.