Skybreaker. By Kenneth Oppel. Eos. $6.99.
Sandstorm. By Ted Simmons.
Skybreaker is the sequel to Airborn, a fast-paced adventure that takes place in an alternative world in which dirigible-like airships, rather than airplanes, rule the skyways. Airborn introduced cabin boy Matt Cruse and heiress Kate de Vries, and the fascinating and dangerous winged mammals called cloud cats. There was adventure aplenty in Airborn, including pirates, a crash landing and some scientific explorations. Skybreaker has its share of adventure, too, being focused on a ghost airship: the Hyperion, which vanished 40 years before the time of the story, carrying a huge amount of wealth. Pursued by treasure hunters since its disappearance, the Hyperion has never been found, but Matt and Kate – and a mysterious gypsy girl named Nadira who tags along with them – are determined, for reasons of their own, to locate it. Matt is no longer a cabin boy but a student at the
If Kenneth Oppel takes readers to an alternative world, Ted Simmons journeys to one that is all too real – although it seems otherworldly enough. Sandstorm is set in