Fans of flying and science, this is your novel!
My ambivalent feelings toward The Atlantis Complex made me weary as I started reading Airman. I was nervous that one of my favorite childhood authors would let me down. Far from disappointing me, Eoin Colfer exceeded my expectations.
Airman is an excellent steampunk adventure novel about young Conor Broekhart, who loves science and is obsessed with the sky.
The characters are personable and real—I really cared about them, even the ones who were only involved in the story for a short amount of time. I genuinely enjoyed Coner’s interactions with every single person, even the villains.
You can tell that Colfer really enjoyed writing this novel and invested a lot of time researching the science in it. There were a few scenes where Conner was scheming and talked about propulsion and angles and all that physics stuff. I’m not a science buff, but it sounded accurate enough to me.
This novel really should be given 4.5-5 stars, but I had a couple of problems with it that prevented me from giving it that high of a rating.
First of all, the villain’s name is Bonvillain. No joke. The first time I read his name, I said to myself, “Please. Don’t let him be the villain!” He was.
Secondly, although the dialogue had some really great gems, as Eoin Colfer’s dialogue usually does, there were times when I felt that it was a bit stilted. Maybe it’s just me, but it distracted me enough to make me remember that I was reading a book, and that’s never a good thing.
These minor complaints are the worst I have to say about Airman. It was truly fantastic! Be sure to put Airman on your to-read list! You’ll fall in love with it.
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