Skybreaker (Matt Cruse #2)
Forty years ago, the airship "Hyperion" vanished with untold riches in its hold. Now, accompanied by heiress Kate de Vries and a mysterious gypsy, Matt Cruse is determined to recover the ship and its treasures. But 20,000 feet above the Earth's surface, pursued by those who have hunted the "Hyperion" since its disappearance, and surrounded by deadly high-altitude life forms, Matt and his companions soon find themselves fighting not only for the "Hyperion"--but for their very lives.
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.
I loved Oppel's Airborn. I describe it as shades of Titanic (in the
air) with a touch of Mysterious Island and Pirates of the Carribean
thrown in. In this sequel I was disappointed. The plot was horrible and I found the characters to be a bit boring. I had a hard time trying to finish. I recomand you not read it, if you read the one before.
Skybreaker is a marvelous book. Its the second book in the Airborn series. Skybreaker has the same main characters as Airborn, Matt Cruse and Kate de Vries. (Its also got a bit of Chef Vlad, my favorite character).
Matt was on a training ship that spotted a ship called the Hyperion. The Hyperion was a ship built by the legendary Theodore Grunel, a wealthy inventor. Matt is the only person with the coordinates, and Kate wants to salvage it. Matt sees Kate with another guy, and presumes that hes after Kate. Matt meets a fiery gypsy girl named Nadira who has the key to the Hyperions holds. He and Nadira want to get their own ship and salvage the Hyperion, but Kates already enlisted the only ship that goes that high. And its owned by the man Matt saw Kate with.
They all set off together to find the Hyperion, all wanting something different from it, and not getting along. During their journey they find amazing creatures, are attacked by pirates, nearly freeze to death, and almost get blown up., all for some money and dead animals.
This book will keep you reading all the way through just so you can find out if they make it Kenneth Oppel is an incredible writer who knows how to grasp the readers attention. I think this is a great read for anyone looking for a little adventure.