Publisher's Note:  

Conor Broekhart was born to fly. It is the 1890s, and Conor and his family live on the sovereign Saltee Islands, off the Irish coast. Conor spends his days studying the science of flight with his tutor and exploring the castle with the king's daughter, Princess Isabella. But the boy's idyllic life changes forever the day he discovers a deadly conspiracy against the king. When Conor intervenes, he is branded a traitor and thrown into jail on the prison island of Little Saltee. There, he has to fight for his life, as he and the other prisoners are forced to mine for diamonds in inhumane conditions. There is only one way to escape Little Saltee, and that is to fly. So Conor passes the solitary months by scratching drawings of flying machines into the prison walls. The months turn into years, but eventually the day comes when Conor must find the courage to trust his revolutionary designs and take to the skies.



Airman

by Eoin Colfer

Review Date:
01/05/2015

Recommended Age:
12+

Overall Rating:
*****

Profanity / Language Rating:
*****

Violence / Gore Rating:
*****

Sex / Nudity Rating:
*

Overall Review:  

Best-selling author of Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer takes readers on a flight they're sure to fancy in his riveting novel Airman. Not an aviation enthusiast? No problem, Airman offers plenty of entertaining exploits be it on land, sea, or air. An appealing read for those enduring middle grade or a mid-life crisis, Airman offers a little something for everyone--history, adventure, bits of fantasy, a budding romance, and of course an ominous villain. The drama between good vs. evil is well-played and even the less-than-sinister will appreciate the cast of scoundrels and the role they play in moving the story forward. From brilliant affluence to dangerous and gloomy, to the final high flying act of lively retribution, this wonderful story glides readers into the time period and the detailed description of the characters' surroundings. Though the novel looks lengthy the only thing more formidable than the malicious villain is how quickly you'll devour it.


Comparable to the adored classic The Count of Monte Cristo, Edmund and Conor's enterprise closely resemble one another, but not so much that Airman cannot stand alone as a classic in its own right.


If you relished in the soaring adventure of Airman, then be sure to check out Kenneth Oppel's Airborn which offers a more fantastical pursuit in aeronautics with the same amount of elated ventures.


Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language:  23 religious exclamations; 28 mild obscenities.

 

Violence/Gore:  Characters are shot at (no injuries); child makes threats against friend (comical); explosion, no casualties; brief scene, character recounts being in a physical altercation; brief non-descriptive mention of soldiers using violence against citizens; character reports brutality against prisoners and theft; somewhat descriptive non-graphic extended scene (about 1.5 pages) characters are shot dead, blood mentioned; extended scene (about 1.5 pages) character threatens characters while holding gun, exchange of verbal threats, character is shot at, character is strangled; brief scene character is beaten; character threatens another character with death; brief report of prisoners dying due to harsh conditions; brief scene character is branded with an iron; character is verbally threatened; character is threatened with violence; character is knocked unconscious; extended scene (about 3 pages) character verbally threatens another character with violence, character fights another character with a sharp object, mention of stabbing, blood, and non-life threatening injuries; character suspects his/her friend was murdered; extended scene (about 1 page) character is cut on the neck by another character and knocked unconscious; mention of local folk-lore of a house being haunted by soldiers who were burned alive; character plots/plans to inflict violence on another character; character knocks another character unconscious; brief scene character is accidentally shot, blood mentioned; extended scene (about 1.5 pages) multiple characters engage in physical violence using weapons to wound; somewhat descriptive portrayal of characters wound, bloody; extended scene (about 1.5 pages) characters receives a beating; extended scene (about 2 pages) character fires gun, receives cut on the neck, blood mentioned, implication of future violence, explosion (no casualties); extended scene (about 2.5 pages) characters exchange verbal threats implying violence and death towards other characters; character finds another character badly beaten, brief mention of blood and contusions; soldiers are ordered to shoot and kill; extended scene (about 2 pages) characters engage in physical violence using swords, punching and kicking; extended scene (about 3 pages) sword fighting, shooting of gun, blood mentioned.

 

Sex/Nudity:  Brief scene husband and wife kiss; brief scene teen characters embrace and kiss.



Mature Subject Matter:  

Murder, bribery, thieving, false imprisonment, harsh/brutal prison conditions, political intrigue.



Alcohol / Drug Use:  

A few mentions of characters consuming various alcoholic beverages; a few mentions of adults chewing or smoking tobacco; one mention of underage character smoking a cigarette; brief mention of opium.



Reviewed By MaryLou
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