Skybreaker Illustrated Edition, Kindle Edition
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- Length: 563 pages
- Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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- Book 2 of 3 in Airborn
- Age Level: 13 - 15
- Grade Level: 8 - 9
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Soon, he and his upper-class sweetheart, Kate de Vries, are embarked on a dangerous aerial treasure hunt, along with Hal, the conceited pilot of a sleek, new altitude-friendly airship, and a mysterious gypsy girl named Nadira, who claims to have the key to the Hyperion's booby-trapped treasure troves. Drawing on the myths of Icarus and Prometheus, as well as classic sea adventures like 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and The Poseidon Adventure, Skybreaker combines an action-packed thriller with a sensitive exploration of the limits of human ambition. Matt's jealousy of the self-made Hal (who he suspects has designs on Kate) and his own furtive attraction to Nadira heighten the emotional tension and raw suspense of the visceral scenes aboard the Hyperion, an ice-entombed version of the Titanic. With pirates, sky monsters, and disturbed spirits, not to mention enough bizarre flying machines to fill an aviation museum (even a bat-copter for Silverwing fans), Skybreaker confirms Kenneth Oppel's reputation as Canada's leading fantasy author for children and young adults. --Lisa Alward --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B000SEF6N4
- Publisher : HarperCollins; Illustrated edition (September 10, 2009)
- Publication date : September 10, 2009
- Language : English
- File size : 1071 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 563 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #265,060 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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All three of these books read like any number of Edgar Rice Burrows tales and each one seems to me to fit a specific subgenre in early pulps, in book two, which is the one I qualify as the most "Action/Adventure "of the trilogy, Matt joins an expedition to the unheard of altitude of 30,000 feet to recover a lost luxury liner where he finds a cold airless wasteland and fantastical creatures of the unexplored heights! This series is just plain old fashion fun and I highly recommend it to everyone but most especially to anyone who grew up reading pulps or wants a glimpse back to what people imagined in a time when a great deal of our own planet was still one full of mysteries galore.
As a Paris Airship Academy cadet, Matt Cruse is serving on a rust bucket freighter when the crew sights a long-vanished phantom ship, the Hyperion. Like the Flying Dutchmen of shiplore; the Hyperion is more rumor than fact. The ship is at an unreachable altitude but Matt's captain is foolishly determined to capture it. As the crew falls victim to the crushing altitude, Matt is able to save their lives by disobeying a direct order from his captain.
Back in Paris after this episode Matt is wondering if he has a future at the Academy or with the lovely Kate de Vries. Kate wants to prepare an expedition to find the Hyperion though she is more interested in scientific discoveries than the legendary treasure.
Matt alone knows the the ship's last position and others want his knowledge. Should he let the dream of wealth overtake him and join in the hunt for the Hyperion or should he plug away at his studies and forget the whole thing?
Like treasure hunters searching for Spanish galleons at impossible ocean depths, the team will have to break the sky in their quest. A beautiful gypsy girl, a privateer with questionable motives, a prim governess, brilliant Kate and brave but confused Matt make up the party and are in for the flight of their lives.
As Kate suspects, there are other lethal creatures in the sky besides cloud cats. The other presence in the story is the Captain Nemo/Howard Hughes-type eccentric who built the Hyperion so many years ago. Is his spirit ready to part with the secrets of the ghost ship?
Horation Hornblower meets Jules Verne -- this is a cracking read. I hope Oppel will visit this world again. His fascination with bats continues by the way.
The book itself is one of my all time favorites! Kenneth Oppel knows how to pull you into his world and you're right there with Matt and company soaring high above the earth. Crafted for all ages to enjoy in a magnificent tale that will be sure to keep you on your toes. Started reading it out to my friends on a long car ride and got them hooked. This is one book I know I will keep coming back to. So many beloved characters and adventure around every corner.
Skybreaker is my favorite of his trilogy (that might be due to the fact I picked this one up first, not knowing there was a first).
I would highly recommend this book to anyone!! Please go read it for yourself and don't take my word for it :)
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Having now read SKYBREAKER, I must say that I have not enjoyed a book this much in several years. It should be mentioned that I am not a young reader. At 55 years I don't consider myself old, but most likely older than the target audience intended for this book - which is too bad, because this novel deserves a large readership.
Oppel manages to balance the adventure, relationships, pacing and atmosphere so perfectly that this should be used as a teaching guide for new writers. He makes us care about Matt & Kate. And Hal, Nadira, Dorje and Miss Simkins - the dreams of Theodore Grunel. It's an exciting and enjoyable work.
Oppel dedicated this novel to his and his wife's new baby. I wish that child a long and healthy life. Baby your daddy did you proud with this book!