Skybreaker by Kenneth Oppel
Matt Cruse series #2

Pub: 2005

4 of 5 stars

Matt Cruse sets out in search of a legendary ghost ship filled with riches.

I wanted the Hyperion.  I saw its icy hull before my mind’s eye and it seemed an Aladdin’s cave that could solve all my problems.

After thoroughly enjoying this YA steampunk trilogy’s first book, Airborn, I have no idea why it took me so long to read this second book in the series.  Fear of disappointment, maybe?  I needn’t have feared!

We’re once again thrown into the amazing world of clockwork devices, airships, and Victorian society, done in such a way that feels so real and exciting it makes the reader want to be there.  This book may even be better than its precursor — whereas Airborn felt like a steampunk Treasure Island and was, as such, a bit predictable, Skybreaker is a unique, new treasure hunt at high altitudes, and the characters have greater depth and dimension than in the previous book.

My only complaint — a very minor one at that — was that the final fifty pages or so went from one high-action scene to the next, with very little “downtime” in between to catch your breath.  This one would definitely keep you reading “just one more page.”

Other books in the series:
Airborn   Starclimber


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