Airman, Eoin Colfer, 7/10

Airman is a very interesting book.  It revolves around the story of a young man named Conor Broekhart.  He dreams of one day taking to the skies and flying a heavier-than-air machine. He lives on the island of Great Saltee, and  learns vigorously with his teacher Victor Vigny.  His life turns around when the main antagonist, aptly named Grand Marshall Bonvilain executes a plan to take down the Saltee government, and succeeds.  It is up to the young Conor Broekhart to save his family and bring conclusion and peace to the Great Saltee.

The book itself is quite gripping and has many layers of detail.  It is well written and keeps the reader engaged.  I enjoyed the book and the way it was written to keep the reader on the edge of their seat.  I think i enjoyed it a bit more than it deserves because of some big issues.  The one particular issue i have with the book is continuity and realism.  The plot itself was too predictable.  It was obvious what was coming around each turn, but the predictability did not deteriorate from the book.  The other big problem was continuity.  I hated the fact that some things just didn’t line up, like how Conor was able to do the things he did without the proper training.  Without spoiling too much, I will say that Conor’s education did not seem like it was enough to allow Conor to design, build, and test his inventions.

Eoin Colfer, the auther seems to enjoy putting tons of detail into his writing.  He puts so much detail that sometimes, it overshadows the plot, which in my opinion is a big issue.  Though Colfer may put too much detail in his writing, I don’t think he ever puts enough detail into his writing, which is a good thing.  Colfer can sometimes put in just the right amount of detail into a passage and can greatly help the reader understand what is happening and why.  Other literary devices that Colfer uses aren’t very apparent.  Colfer uses some flashbacks and some metaphors within the story, but they aren’t as prevalent as Colfer’s vivid description.

The book is a book I would hesitate to recommend to Honors English students.  The story is simple, and I found nothing challenging about the book, whether vocabulary, or content.  The book however, would be great for kids in 6th or 7th grade, as the book is indeed interesting, and I don’t think kids that age would care about the simple plot or whether there were continuity issues.  Overall, I enjoyed the book, but the big issues I had kept it from getting a higher score than 7/10.

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