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  • Posted June 7, 2013

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    3.5 stars Did I enjoy this book: I did!  Once I got past the li

    3.5 stars

    Did I enjoy this book: I did!  Once I got past the lingo (which seemed a bit extreme for a novel that’s supposed to take place in the near future), I was hooked.  I liked Crater from the start, and I’ve been searching the internet for days trying to find out where to get my own Gillie.  A few important plot points happened rather rapidly (mainly Crater’s interview with Nurse Soichi), but I’m confident Hickam has plans to expand these topics in the later books of the series.

    Crater is part Harry Potter, part Indiana Jones, part Alice in Wonderland.  He’s got an illegal side-kick, a techno-tricked out horse, a frenemy and a complicated love interest, and it all works.  Hickam knows what he’s doing, and although he might do well to ease up on the kitschy language (“Mooncrete”?  “do4u”?  Really?), he tells a great story, and I can’t wait to read the next installment!

    I’d say this book is awesome, but…  “It knows that, Sir.”

    Would I recommend it: Yep!  If you’re into sci-fi (or Westerns, for that matter), you’ll love it.  You’ll also want a Gillie.  Trust me.

    Will I read it again: No, but I can’t wait for the next book in the Helium-3 series!

    (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
    *As reviewed by Melissa on Every Free Chance Book Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2012

    I’m not much for reading science fiction, but this book ap

    I’m not much for reading science fiction, but this book appealed to me because it’s about a celestial object I’m quite familiar with. And the way this novel portrays the moon with the miners, mutants and all else in between (a highly intelligent slime mold for one) is pretty fascinating for me.

    It is the 22nd century and as is the case in many such books the fate of the world is left in the hands of a sixteen-year-old kid, here named Crater Trueblood, a seasone Helium-3 miner. He makes the mistake of doing something one day and thus puts himself up to a life of heroic adventures for the sake of many. His mission in this first book is to recover a powerful object that apparently has the capacity to affect life on the moon as they know it.

    This is a novel for kids, but is also something an adult might enjoy reading. The plot is engaging enough, the characters interesting enough and the loose ends compelling enough to make a reader want to watch out for the next books in the series. The only thing that could probably turn off some sentimental readers is the stinger at the ending. :(

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    Posted December 20, 2012

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