What a ride! I can tell that I’ve hit my comfort zone – fantasy stories. I love fantasy fiction. I love the strange exotic creatures and the twists on the usual or familiar settings. I love watching the plot unfold and human characters or human-like characters deal with the circumstances which the author has concocted. Airborn is my kind of story.
Matt Cruse is a cabin boy on an airship. The time frame seems early 20th Century with some twists. The book brings to mind “A Room with a View” and the travel and sensibilities of E.M. Forester and Jane Austin but with some variations. We are not on the Titanic; we are on the Aurora and we are not on the ocean; we are over it. Women are trivial and men are consequential. Men work, lead as intellectuals and smoke cigars. Women run the home, produce children and sit prettily. Kenneth Oppel uses his strong female character, Kate de Vries to fight the stereotyping of the age.
A fun read. Thematic links to change, fantasy, flight, adventure, invention.