Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Book Review: Airborn by Kenneth Oppel
Planning a family vacation this summer? Looking for an audiobook to take on the road, one that the whole family will enjoy? Here's one I'd recommend: Airborne by Canadian author Kenneth Oppel. This tale is set in another time either past or future, in a world that seems quaintly Victorian and yet technologically advanced. Much of the action takes place on a giant airship that has a definite Jules Verne quality about it. The two main characters, Matt & Kate, are a very engaging pair. His is a cabin boy serving aboard the airship, and she is a wealthy, rebellious young scientist who is leagues ahead of her time. All the characters, including the crew of the airship, the passengers, and even a band of pirates, are richly drawn. This fantastical tale of action and adventure is told by a full cast of talented readers who bring the characters to life. Airborn is the first in a trilogy, followed by the equally fantastic and entertaining Skybreaker and Star Climber.