Starclimber by Kenneth Oppel

I finished the series! It was just as good overall as it was the first time around, and I’m glad I read them again! ūüôā So now, you finally will know more about the book that inspired this blog’s name!

If you like: adventure, romance, drama, thrillers, outer space, Paris, love, disaster, the thought of extraterrestrial life, stars, this blog’s title!, fantasy, the past, alternate versions of the past, science fiction, and¬†Airborn and¬†Skybreaker, you will like this book.

Matt Cruse is co-piloting an airship in Paris, helping to deliver pieces of building material to the Celestial Tower, which will eventually stretch into outer space. The race into space is exciting for many, but some, called Babelites, believe humans don’t belong in space, and attempt to destroy the Celestial Tower. One of these terroristic plots occurs on Matt’s airship, but Matt manages to save the Celestial Tower from destruction. Soon after this horrifying event, Matt is invited to be a crew member on the¬†Starclimber, the first vessel to reach outer space. Kate de Vries is also invited along to search for life forms in the cosmos. Matt has been planning to ask Kate to marry him, but less than a month before the journey, Kate becomes engaged to someone else! Matt is heartbroken, but refuses to give up his spot on the first journey to space. Once the Starclimber¬†has left earth, the passengers and crew discover threatening life forms, and, once a mechanical failure causes the ship to fly further away from earth, they must band together to save their lives, and get back to Earth.

This book has so many plot points and so many different things happen that I couldn’t write a really good review because of all the spoilers. I hope I did a good enough job! This book is probably one of my favorite books, what with the romance and the drama and the super fantastic sci-fi awesomeness. The characters are wonderful, the whole concept of the book is clever, and it makes me want to jump into this world and be a part of everything the characters are a part of. Sigh…this is probably nerd problem #1: desire to be a character in the book. I would seriously, forever recommend this book for anything: fun read, book report, book club, ANYTHING. Just go ahead and read it. We can bond over its awesomeness.

Pages: 390
Genre: Young Adult, Drama, Romance, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Adventure, Thriller
Sequel?: No, but it is the last book in a series. The first book is Airborn and the second is Skybreaker.


“She leaned forward and took my face in her hands and kissed me.
‘Yes,’ she said. ‘Yes, and yes, and yes. But it will be terrible.’
‘Probably,’ I agreed.
‘Honestly,’ she sighed. ‘I don’t know what kind of life we’ll have together, with me always flying off in one direction and you in the other.’
I smiled. ‘It’s a good thing the world’s round,’ I said.” -Matt Cruse and Kate de Vries,¬†Starclimber, page 390 (I am in love with this quote. How can you not be? It’s so cute!)




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