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Airman

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A Yearning to Read Review

Eoin Colfer is the renowned author of several novels for young readers, including the Artemis Fowl series. While I've never read any of his other books, his newest novel, Airman, stood out to me when I walked passed it in Barnes and Noble three months ago. The cover, wi...
Eoin Colfer is the renowned author of several novels for young readers, including the Artemis Fowl series. While I've never read any of his other books, his newest novel, Airman, stood out to me when I walked passed it in Barnes and Noble three months ago. The cover, with its daring, winged man, caught my eye. Just reading the back was fascinating, and I was convinced I would read it soon.

I requested Airman at the library and started it the day it came in. Within a few pages, I was hooked. This is one of those stories that is crafted either horribly or excellently - and from the beginning I was convinced it was the latter. It starts with the beginning of Conor Broekhart's life - his amazing birth in a hot-air balloon. From then on, he is respected and beloved by all around him. He lives a perfect life on Great Saltee, one of the two Saltee islands just off the southeastern coast of Ireland. After saving the life of the Saltee Island's princess and the throne's only heir, he is given professional training. His mentor is Frenchman Victor Vigny, a master of the physical arts, such as karate, as well as swordplay. Victor is also very learned in aeronautics. He and Conor both wish more than anything to build a machine that would allow man to fly.

However, they are never given the chance to live out this dream. Through a sudden turn of events, Conor's world, as well as that of his family's and the royal family's, is thrown into mayhem, danger, and bitter loss. Through the story, Colfer weaves an amazing change in Conor as his life changes. We see him grow from baby to man, all in 400 pages.

If I could describe this book in one word, it would be emotional. In the best of all ways. I felt a number of emotions: anger, frustration, love, heartache, and amazement. I was inspired by Conor's story. I loved (and hated) the characters. I wanted to fly.

This is a very culturized book. While none of the events in the book ever happened, and King Nicholas Trudeau of the Saltee Islands never actually lived, it feels so real that I completely believed in everything Colfer wrote about. However, after doing research, I discovered that Great Saltee and Little Saltee were privately owned by man named Michael Neale. After his death his son, Prince Michael Neale the Second took his place.

Colfer's writing stood out to me as well. His sentences were well-formed and his word choices were beautiful. I look forward to reading more of Colfer's work, and to continue to be inspired by his fascinating writing and characters.

posted by yearningtoread on April 28, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

An okay read

I feel like this story had way more potential than it actually achieved. For the most part, I enjoyed it, but it was definitely lacking. Especially in the writing. Colfer really likes to tell the emotions and backstory immediately after meeting a character, and he sh...
I feel like this story had way more potential than it actually achieved. For the most part, I enjoyed it, but it was definitely lacking. Especially in the writing. Colfer really likes to tell the emotions and backstory immediately after meeting a character, and he shoves characterization down the readers' throats instead of letting them experience the changes and the characters themselves. When a character hesitated, he would explain the hesitation by plunging into backstory and then justifying the character's decision and it all really isn't needed. Also, adverbs littered the pages and became very distracting.

But the STORY was very nice, even though character relationships were rushed and motives were muddy and just told to the readers. It's an okay read overall, if cumbersome.

posted by PlumPudding on December 19, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2012

    Shut up

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2011

    Didnt finish it

    It wasnt good enough for me.i didnt get up to the fifth chapter it was so ill written.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2008

    Disappointed, expected better

    I love Colfer's writing style in his Artemis series so I bought Airman thinking it would also be enjoyable. Was I ever wrong. The poor writing style and poor character development ruined a classic and potentially fantastic plot. Stick to reading the Count of Monte Cristo for prison escape reads and the Artemis series for genius boy reads.

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