- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (June 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060850590
- ISBN-13: 978-0060850593
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 78 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Kenneth Oppel is the author of Skybreaker and Airborn (winner of the Governor General’s Award), as well as the Silverwing Saga (Silverwing, Sunwing and Firewing), which has sold over one million copies worldwide and has won numerous prizes, including the Mr. Christie’s Book Award and the CLA Book of the Year for Children Award, as well as many children’s choice awards across the country. His other titles include Peg and the Whale, Dead Water Zone and The Live-Forever Machine. Voted children’s author of the year by Canadian booksellers in 2006, he lives in Toronto with his wife and three children. You can find him online at kennethoppel.ca and on Twitter at @kennethoppel.
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The series takes place in an alternative early 1900s where France and Canada are the dominant nations and the technology is steam-ish punk. The first novel is about air pirates, the second about high altitude salvage (and more pirates) and this third about the race into space. The plot is well-developed, the characters believable and the pacing is fast, but with lots of lovely little details.
Author Kenneth Oppel's alternate version of the 1800's continues to provide fertile ground for his imagination. As in the preceding installments of this trilogy, he presents compelling characters, a rousing adventure, and populates the heavens with more intriguing life forms. Each book in the series has taken our heroes even higher than the previous installment, so I suppose we won't be seeing any more of Matt and Kate unless the author is plotting how they might reach the moon via steampunk technology. If so, I'll be there.
This series is just good fun all the way through and should be pleasing to both adults and children, it is certainly worth the $5.99 price tag and I hope everyone gives it a try. I noticed a few other reviewers bring up the switch to science fiction as well and I feel it necessary to point out that for those interested in only modern "hard science" in their SciFi this story will no doubt seem trite and silly. But as I stated in my earlier review of "Skybreaker" it's my contention that this series is an attempt by Oppel to write his own version of golden age pulps so don't be surprised if some of the things that happen in this book defy the laws of physics as we now know them. Still I hope everyone gives this series a try as I had a tone of fun reading it.
Kate has joined the suffragettes and of course gets both herself and Matt into trouble. It is good to have a reminder that women's rights were fought for and are more recent than some young people realize. There is also an uncomfortable view of the class structures that existed in times past.
The story has action and adventure just like the other two, the only thing missing were the pirates, but they had anarchists in their place this time.
This series has a modern day Jules Vern feel to it. If you enjoyed Harry Potter or Percy Jackson you will like it.
There was humor and some nice tension between Kate and Matt, I would recommend the story to anyone who enjoys a good adventure.