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byKenneth Oppel

Mass Market Paperback | August 5, 2008

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Pushed high into the sky by a storm over the Indian Ocean, the decrepit training ship Flotsam makes an astonishing discovery before being forced to descend. Adrift at 20,000 feet is a tattered, ice-crusted airship bearing the name Hyperion. Could it really be the legendary lost craft, now a vast treasure, a frozen mausoleum to a ghostly crew?
    Matt Cruse is the only member of Flotsam’s oxygen-starved crew able to remember the ghost ship’s coordinates—and it seems as if everyone in the fabulous city of Paris wants them. Matt and Kate de Vries are challenged with another thrilling adventure, this time among the icy dangers and strange wonders of the upper atmosphere.
    Hang on for the ride of your life as Kenneth Oppel, one of Canada’s greatest children’s authors, returns to a richly imagined world of airships and adventure!

KENNETH OPPEL is the Governor General’s Award–winning author ofAirbornand the Silverwing series, which has sold over a million copies worldwide. Kenneth Oppel lives in Toronto with his wife and their three children. Visit his website
Title:SKYBREAKERFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 7.12 × 5 × 1.16 inPublished:August 5, 2008Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1554682827

ISBN - 13:9781554682829

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Skybreaker I have quickly become a huge fan of Matt and Kate. A great sequel to a unique and interesting series.
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Just as great as the first!!! Fantastic story, love the romance, love Matt, love everything. This trilogy is on my list of favourite books of all time.
Date published: 2017-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than the first Outdoes the adventure of the first book with an action-packed quest to find a lost ship.
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good. Love this book. A great continuation of an engaging story, but in a completely new avenue. I often quote it, and go back to read it frequently. Matt keeps on having wild adventures, and yet is still relatable. Some are saying it's better than the first - I'm not sure, as it's a completely different story. They are both good, but in different ways. Would recommend to everyone. One of my favourite books of all time.
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best of the Trilogy Exciting from start to finish! An amazing follow up to the first that is even more exciting and fast paced than the first. Everyone ought to read this if they like the author of the first book.
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Skybreaker Skybreaker is a compelling and thrilling follow up to Airborn. Matt and Kate's relationship deepens and the adventure is, perhaps, even more exciting than the last. I think this is my favourite of the Airborn adventures.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Fantastic except for drinking and smoking The pacing, characterization and storyline in this series are all excellent and my son and I enjoy them immensely, but I am disappointed at the gratuitous glorification of drinking and smoking. The main characters drink regularly, even though Matt is underage. In one scene, Kate, who is clearly an inexperienced and unskilled pilot, drinks a glass of champagne at lunch and then flies, stating that she is 'very responsible' for limiting her intake to one glass. Real pilots have to wait 8 hours bottle to throttle. In another scene, Matt and Kate give in to peer pressure and try smoking cigars, with Kate claiming she likes it, and another character is admired for her proficiency at smoking. Neither scene is pivotal to the story, and their positive portrayal of these high-risk activities makes this book inappropriate for the target age group, which is a crying shame, because they are fabulous in every other way.
Date published: 2011-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Even better than Airborn... When I read 'Airborn', I LOVED it. This book is even better if that is possible. Since ground work for the characters and their world is well laid in 'Airborn', Kenneth Oppel wastes no time catching the read up to par in this page turner! The adventure takes off immediately, soaring till the end, leaving the reader to catch his breath. Congratulation to Kenneth Oppel for creating such a wonderful series! Packed with adventure, yet well ground and full-fleshed out characters, his awards are well-deserved.
Date published: 2009-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Fly High Book This book is one of the most awesome books I have read. The concept of the entire setting, problem etc, is too good. This book is way better than the first, "Airborn". I recommend this to anyone who needs a good quick read, that is full of adventure, passion, courage, adrenaline and suspicion . I LOVED this book.
Date published: 2008-12-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book! SkyBreaker was a good book. I loved the part when they were going too high. I like that part because I never knew that you could die if you went too high in a plane. Therefore I learned something. This book was the longest book I have ever read. It took me about 2 weeks to read it. I give this book 4 leafs out of 5 because the book had action but it sometimes got boring. I recommend this book to people that like reading airplane books (not an actual airplane though). I kept on visualizing it looking like a pirate ship in the sky. You people should read this book because this book is a pretty good book. Sincerely, BrotherDuck xD
Date published: 2008-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Even Better Than the First (Airborn) Matt and Kate hire an airship to help them find the legendary lost ship the Hyperion. Along with them on the journey are a crew of Sherpas, a debonair captain with designs on Kate, her prim chaperon and a feisty gypsy girl. They encounter all sorts of dangers as they fly into the uncharted heights of the sky. I think I enjoyed Skybreaker even more than the first in this series, Airborn. Even though this series is classified as Fantasy, this volume definitely breaks into the science fiction genre and is very reminiscent of Verne's 20,000 Leagues. Lots of fun characters, excitement and adventure. I'm looking forward to the third book in the series which comes out this fall.
Date published: 2008-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Sequel. This book was a great sequel to Airborn, I found it was better too. The plot was much more fun to read and understand. The characters were great, always loving or hating the personalities, great description. Another must read.
Date published: 2008-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What will happen next!?? I read this book in one day! It was so exciting and amazing. It really keeps you at the edge of your seat. But I want to know what happens next to Matt & Kate. And the other girl. This is a good book for guys or girls. And for people who aren't scared of heights.
Date published: 2007-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating!! An exciting adventure that left me wanting more!!!
Date published: 2006-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! Skybreaker by Kenneth Oppel, is an exciting, action- packed novel for teens. Once you pick the book up, you can't put it back down. The book is based in the past, which makes it interesting. The characters and setting are very creative, and the plot is fantastic. Kenneth Oppel did a great job writing this thrilling sequel to Airborn. Also, Skybreaker won this year's Red Maple Award! A book has to be good to win an award. Skybreaker is great for those of you ages 12 to 18. This is a must read, so next time you're in a Chapters or Indigo store, pick it up!
Date published: 2006-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spectacular This is definitely one of the best books I've read so far. For people that wouldn't normally enjoy teen fiction, this book is still for you. Suits a wide variety of readers and ages. This is also one of the rare stories that you can never put down, no matter how hard you try. Jam-packed in every paragraph about a 15 year-old boy. Matt Cruse's journey takes you to unimaginal places at 20,000 feet about airships and survival, but still manages to play up more romance than the previous book, Airborn. Still with the bold Kate, and many new, unexpected characters and unpredictable twists, this book will take you to new heights.
Date published: 2006-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Skybreaker Amazing book....always keeps you interested no matter what part you're at.
Date published: 2006-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ground-breaking Of course a sequel rarely tops the first book. But this book is an even more rare thing: Its just as good as the first! If you really enjoyed Oppel's Airborn, you'll love this. If you're looking for more Airborn-style action, this is it. This novel also fleshes the romance between Matt and Kate out a little more. Personally, the thing I liked most about Airborn was the atmosphere it created, and the awesome characters. Well, there's no disappointment here! I still feel like I'm flying right along with Matt Cruse. So in conclusion: If you're looking for a book to take you back into the sky, this is it.
Date published: 2006-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Adventure/Mystery Book This is a great mystery/adventure book. As soon as i started i couldn't stop and i think there should be another book. These books are future movies to me. Zakk
Date published: 2006-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sequel Even though i haven't read SkyBreaker yet i have read Airborn and if the reviews that it's better than AirBorn im going to get the book and read right away because AirBorn was AMAZING!!!
Date published: 2005-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Future Award Winner! Best Begining that leads you to an exciting ,exhilarating ,top of the line End. I was bewitched by the plot of the book and it kept me mesmerised thinking of what will happen next. I almost fell off the edge of my seat because it was so suspenseful.
Date published: 2005-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book of the Year !!!! If u were Kate de Vriesin this book u would feel extremly lucky to have Matt Cruse as ur BF. Matt and Co. go on an adventure to find riches and if he does ( which he did ) he is on the verge being a millionaire which includes him being the captain of an airship. I loved this book and simply loved Matt !
Date published: 2005-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Loved It So much! If this could get any better it would be in the book of world records!!! Kenneth Oppel Make a compelling tale about a lovely little boy named matt cruse! In this book i feel like sometimes im in the book flying with matt cruse in Hal's Ship! It is so unexpected and it is just a thrill to read! I recomend this to anyone willing to give up some time because once you pick it up it is hard to put down!! Also I just want to say Kenneth Oppel Is Such a Good Author and If he is willing i would like him to marry this girl i know okay so bye!
Date published: 2005-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SkyBreaker Easily the best book I have ever read. Skybreaker lifts you up in the clouds and lets you soar like The Hyperion. Once a great author always a great author is how it seems with Kenneth Oppel. His books always have a space on my shelf.
Date published: 2005-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Skybreaker reaches heights infinite and beyond ! This book is the sequel to Airborn and because Airborn has a base of fans, Skybreaker is an instant sucess. The idea of finding riches within an airship is an unpolished diamond in the rough polished by the great Ken Oppel. Although there were some random kissing scenes, this book is a must read for those who want to experience a world air-adventure !
Date published: 2005-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kenneth Oppel has done it again! I loved Skybreaker! It had the perfect mix of adventure and romance to keep me reading voraciously. I thought it was even better than Airborn. All the characters are very well described. Overall, this book is very well written and is now one of my favourite books!
Date published: 2005-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing If you want to read an adventure book that is packed with mystery and suspense then you definitly need to read. This book has a great plot and storyline and I would recommend it to anyone of any age. If you have not already read this book, then i recommend that you buy it NOW! P.S. You should buy Airborn (the first book in the series) first, it's just as good as Skybreaker P.S.S. You should also buy the Silverwing Trilogy by Kenneth Oppel, it's amazing!
Date published: 2005-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Skybreaker I absolutely loved this book! Normally I never read anything outside of Teen Fiction, but this was amazing! I thought it was alot better than Airborn, because I thought the plot was very well written and more unpredictable. Near the ending I got so into the book, it's well worth reading through everything else!!
Date published: 2005-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book Skybreaker is an awesome sequel of Airborn. Mystery, suspense, adventure, and minor romance competition as Matt Cruse boards the lost Hyperion while on the Sagarmartha, one of the few Skybreakers in the world. Now he must face three dangers: The cold, the extreme pressure, and deadly air pirates, having to share eight hours of oxygen amongst three other friends...
Date published: 2005-08-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Superb An excellent and suitable follow-up to Airborn. This book continues the story of Matt Cruse as he searches for the lost treasure of the Hyperion. This novel is a real page-turner and is filled with pirates, marvellous creatures, aerobatic stunts and mystery. If you liked Airborn, you will love this book. Well worth the read.
Date published: 2005-08-15