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Conor Broekhart was born to fly. In fact legend has it that he was born flying in a hot air balloon at the world's fair. In the 1890's 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 conspiracy to overthrow the king. When Conor tries to expose the plot 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 he 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.

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    A Page Turning Aerial Adventure

    Airman is a page turning aerial adventure. The beginning pulls you in with it's onset of action and the momentum rarely seems to falter with the unknown of what is to come with each turn of the page.

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    My Imagination Certainly Took Flight With Airman

    ...sorry for the bad pun ;) Anyways, moving on; let me start off by saying I DON'T like historical fiction that much. Well okay, that's not entirely true: I don't consider it bad by any means, I'm just not terribly familiar with the genre, and in any case, prefer fantasy and mysteries to them anyway. Considering this, I wasn't quite sure what to expect from Airman, or how much I would enjoy it. Thankfully however, I was not disappointed: this is undoubtedly my favorite Colfer story outside the Artemis Fowl series. The story of a young genius thrown in prison for a crime he didn't commit, breaking out and moving on to clear his name may not be original, but the way this takes form feels both fresh and original. The cast of characters- from the ingenious but haunted Conor Broekhart to the sinister and sociopathic Bonvilan- were engaging and delightful in their own right. The pacing was spot on, with not a moment from start to finish where I ever felt myself becoming bored or disinterested. Finally, the ending was quite satisfactory; while I wouldn't complain if we ended up getting more, the book ultimately felt completed and resolved in and of itself. All in all whether you're a fan of Colfer, YA lit or simply just good fiction, I'd highly recommend you give Airman a try :)

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