Airman by Eoin Colfer
Published by Hyperion Books
Date Published: January 3, 2008
Rating: 5/5 Cover: 5/5
One dark night on the island of Great Saltee, fourteen-year-old Conor Broekhart is framed for a terrible crime he didn’t commit. Thrown into prison by the dastardly Hugo Bonvilain, Conor is trapped in a seaswept dungeon and branded a traitor. He must escape and clear his name; he wants his old life back – his family, his friends . . . and his princess.Okay, so I originally read this book back in January, I believe, and it was actually one of the first Young Adult books I ever read! I had just started reading for the fun of it (which previously sounded stupid) but this book majorly set the standard for my love of books now! I have never read anything else by Eoin Colfer, although Jeff has read some of the Artemis Fowl series and we own practically all of them, but I truly loved this book with all my heart!
Conor knows there is only one way out. It’s an impossible task, which has never been done before. But Conor is determined to do it. He’ll have to fly.
For me, reading was something that I was made to do growing up so reading “just because” was foreign. But soon after I opened to the first few pages, I was captured. This book is so stinkin’ fast paced I read it in nearly one sitting, which before was completely unheard of! It was the first “steampunk” story I had ever read (if you can call it that) but it rarely seemed like it was taking place in the 19th century, since Eoin didn’t focus on making the setting elaborate rather than perfecting the story (which is spectacular)!
The book tells the story of Conor (born of the air) as he lives in a castle on the Great Saltee, trained in sword fighting by one of the most famous swordman that ever lived, guarded by the toughest guards, and more. Until one night, he witnesses a murder that he shouldn’t have seen, to which he was even framed for. He was then cast in prison as a traitor and forced to work in the extremely dangerous underwater mines searching for diamonds. He can no longer stand it and has to escape from the prison, but he can’t just walk out...he has to fly.
This story is so amazing and heroic! I can imagine a boy reading this (as I did too) and not only loving Conor, but becoming him in a way. He is what every young boy dreams of being: brave, strong, smart, and more. As I sat there and read it, I was a part of the action as much as Conor himself was, swordfighting, flying, and kicking butt! This book is seriously and honestly one of the best books (and one of my favorite) that I’ve ever read! I don’t know when I will read it again but I know it will be soon. If you get the chance to read it, let me know what you think!