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Black Hole Sun

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Mars stinks

It’s hot. The air reeks of burning fuel; the rivers and lakes seethe with sulfur. In the shadows, evil men plot terror and beasts hunt the innocent. Out on the barren crags of the terraformed planet, there is nowhere to hide. No one to heed a call for help.

No one, except Durango.

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Overview

Mars stinks

It’s hot. The air reeks of burning fuel; the rivers and lakes seethe with sulfur. In the shadows, evil men plot terror and beasts hunt the innocent. Out on the barren crags of the terraformed planet, there is nowhere to hide. No one to heed a call for help.

No one, except Durango.

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Editorial Reviews

Suzanne Collins
School Library Journal Best Book“Rockets readers to new frontiers . . . action-packed.”
Chris Crutcher
“Great story, great characters, and nonstop action. David Gill takes you to a rugged, fast, tough world.”
Laurie Halse Anderson
“Black Hole Sun grabbed me by the throat and didn’t let go until the last page. In the best tradition of Heinlein and Firefly, Black Hole Sun is for readers who like their books fast-paced, intense, and relentless. Buy it, read it, pass it on!”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Action, adventure, sci-fi, and horror buffs will all find this an almost perfect mix of all of the genres, and the addition of a soupçon of romance and hints of painful family drama results in a book that’s got appeal to just about any potential speculative-fiction fan.”
Booklist (starred review)
“Readers will have a hard time turning the pages fast enough as the body count rises to the climactic, satisfying ending, which will leave new fans hopeful for more adventures.”
Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
“Fast-paced, compulsively readable, and outright funny.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Action, adventure, sci-fi, and horror buffs will all find this an almost perfect mix of all of the genres, and the addition of a soupçon of romance and hints of painful family drama results in a book that’s got appeal to just about any potential speculative-fiction fan."
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Action, adventure, sci-fi, and horror buffs will all find this an almost perfect mix of all of the genres, and the addition of a soupçon of romance and hints of painful family drama results in a book that’s got appeal to just about any potential speculative-fiction fan.”
The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books
“Action, adventure, sci-fi, and horror buffs will all find this an almost perfect mix of all of the genres, and the addition of a soupçon of romance and hints of painful family drama results in a book that’s got appeal to just about any potential speculative-fiction fan.”
Booklist
"Readers will have a hard time turning the pages fast enough as the body count rises to the climactic, satisfying ending, which will leave new fans hopeful for more adventures."
Publishers Weekly
Gill (Soul Enchilada) shifts literary gears, delivering an exciting and brutal science fiction tale about teenage mercenaries on Mars. Durango is a disgraced Regulator who, roninlike, did not kill himself when his previous master (his father) was arrested. Along with his gorgeous second, Vienne, and the snarky AI of his former commander, Mimi, which has been “flash-cloned” to his brain, he now takes jobs that most other Regulators would refuse, using the money to try to make his father’s life in prison more bearable. When they get called to protect a group of miners from the cannibalistic monstrosities called Dræu, they discover secrets that could cast new light on the entire history of Mars, as well Durango’s own past. Gill fills his story with well-crafted action sequences and witty dialogue, and the fast pace more than makes up for the predictability of the plot. Everything from the inevitable betrayals and the heroic sacrifices to the dark secrets is by the numbers, though the character development, banter between Durango and Mimi, and solid action will entertain most readers. Ages 14–up. (Sept.)
The Horn Book
“Delightfully wacky.”
VOYA - Bethany Martin
Mars has been colonized by humans, but the new world they have created is far from idyllic. The original government the colonists set up has collapsed, water is scarce, and kidnappings are rampant. In the void of law and order, bands of mercenaries can be hired to protect and serve those with money. Living by an outdated code of chivalry, Durango, a teen with a past, leads a group of these mercenaries on a mission to protect an outpost of miners from the Draeu—mysterious, savage creatures intent on destroying the miners and stealing their precious resources. Gill has crafted a fast-paced, compulsively readable, and outright funny story with plot twists that will keep readers guessing to the end. The dark themes and setting of the book are balanced by the screwball cast of characters assembled to protect the miners. Durango himself is a complex and relatable teen character. Dealing with the weight of his family's past, Martian society's rigid class structure, and a love triangle, Durango is by turns sullen, bold, and clueless. Some plot elements, like the former government's human experimentation program, are not fully fleshed out, and others are overblown, but with witty, sarcastic dialogue and nonstop action, Black Hole Sun will find plenty of eager readers. Give it to fans of other misfit-saves-the-world stories, like Rick Yancy's The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp (Bloomsbury Children's Books, 2005/VOYA October 2005) or Jay Amory's The Fledgling of Az Gabrielson (Gollancz, 2006/VOYA October 2008); they will not be disappointed. Reviewer: Bethany Martin
Library Journal - BookSmack!
In the near to far future, humankind has decamped to Mars. Teenaged Durango was once a favorite son, destined to rule the planet, but now he is the fallen leader of a ragtag band of mercenaries. A desperate colony of miners hires Durango and his team to fight the Dræu, a gruesome band of cannibals. The Dræu's wicked queen and Durango have a past and the miners have a secret, raising the stakes of the inevitable battle between the two forces. In last year's Soul Enchilada, Gill had great fun with the beasties terrorizing his heroes. Here the Dræu approach their condition with such bloodthirsty delight that it is difficult to decide whether to giggle or close the book in disgust when they tear into a fresh victim. With this grisly foray into sf, Gill further proves his ability to create a gritty setting and people it with engagingly flawed heroes. Angelina Benedetti, "13 Going on 30", Booksmack! 10/21/10
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—In this high-energy dystopian novel set on Mars, 16-year-old Durango and his crew of Regulators have been hired to protect a group of miners and their children from the cannibalistic Draeu, who are led by an evil, enigmatic queen in search of the miners' reputed treasure. The Regulators are vastly outnumbered, and this might be their last mission unless quick-witted Durango and his feisty lieutenant, Vienne, can come up with a plan. The spirited, sarcastic dialogue between them masks their growing feelings for each other, though there's no time to explore romance with the high-octane action going on around them. The story is more violent than many YA science-fiction novels; there's scarcely a moment between flying shrapnel, explosions, and bloody fistfights. The occasional lack of exposition on the unfamiliar Martian technology may stump some readers, but that tiny flaw is easily overcome by the appealing characters, sharp dialogue, and action-packed plot. Durango's tendency toward acting first and thinking later is tempered by his former chief, Mimi, now a symbiotic nano-implant in Durango's brain, who offers equal parts hilarious sarcasm and logical advice sprinkled with quotes from classical poetry and 20th-century pop culture. Science-fiction fans will cheer Durango on in his exploits and enjoy the twists in the novel's satisfying conclusion. Those clamoring for more of Durango, Vienne, and Mimi will find their hopes for a sequel bolstered when the trio set off at the novel's end for a mysterious outpost that seems perfect for another adventure.—Leah J. Sparks, formerly at Bowie Public Library, MD
Kirkus Reviews
Intrepid teen regulator Jake Durango leads a daring pack of fearless freedom fighters in a dystopian future where humans rage against ferocious, porcine creatures called Drau, who prey upon human flesh. Based on Mars, Jake and his crew are hired to protect a colony of human miners from the Drau and their evil queen. Throw in a forbidden love triangle, an extensive underground cave system, a smart-alecky, trigger-happy Buckaroo Banzai–like soldier and plenty of blood and guts, and Gill scores a fast and funny science-fiction novel with plenty of surprises. The author injects many of the elements from his unforgettable first novel (Soul Enchilada, 2009) into this new work, including bizarro plot twists, kooky oddball characters and plenty of laugh-out-loud humor. His energetic sense of pacing keeps the pages turning even when the most ridiculous episode seems to be getting steroid injections. Despite the insanity, the plot races onward seamlessly, and well-rounded characters and sharp, contemporary dialogue keep the work grounded. Fans of science fiction and the strange will eat this up. (Science fiction. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061673061
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/28/2012
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 492,635
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

David Macinnis Gill lives with his family in Wilmington, North Carolina. He is the author of Black Hole Sun, Invisible Sun, and Shadow on the Sun, as well as Soul Enchilada.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted June 2, 2011

    Action packed!

    This was a great read. Anyone who likes action or sci-fi will love this book. It takes place on Mars with the main character Jacob Durango. He is a regulator on Mars. A regulator is a person who is privately hired to complete a job because there is no military on Mars. Read the book to find what happens!

    75 out of 80 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2010

    Tantalizing Read.

    This book captured the depths of my imagination. It opens up a whole new world of imagination. The book is set in the future, where humans have colonized Mars. And follows the actions of a well portrayed character named Durango. The book however has a sort of sudden end. Leaving readers asking questions and awaiting a possible sequel.

    60 out of 65 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 7, 2012

    An Exciting Story With Somewhat Flat Characters

    I am a huge Science Fiction fan and Black Hole Sun definitely brings what I enjoy but its weakest area seems to be the characters. I'm not saying that they are developed well but I find myself having a hard time truly caring for them and hoping they succeed. In all, it is a very entertaining story and I would easily read more by David Macinnis Gill.

    59 out of 67 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 19, 2011

    Boring

    The characters are one-dimensional and cookie-cutter. I picked it up in the library and practically slept through it. Although I can see it's potential appeal, it really didn't do it for me.

    44 out of 61 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 15, 2012

    I read this book for the Georgia Peach Award. It was very fast-p

    I read this book for the Georgia Peach Award. It was very fast-paced and held my attention. I liked the characters a lot. The fight scenes and battles were good, too.

    43 out of 51 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2012

    Gamers delight

    If you're looking for a great read for gamers and fans of action movies, this it.

    37 out of 41 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    Adventure and AIs

    Thank you for a fun book. It's great to read a book with less crude language. The descriptions are excellent. I love the dialogue. Interesting concepts. Creative. I admire an author who can clean up the characters' comments ("no farging way") and convey the idea. It's even edited well.

    29 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    Airplane Reading

    Does this sound like something to bring to the airport? Certainly! Light, easy reading that I can put away until the return flight and not miss anything. Yeah, that's what my Nook gets used for!

    22 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    Good book

    Not usually a fan of sci fi but this was a good entertaining book!

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2013

    Good read!

    I got this Friday as a freebie and finished it Saturday am. So you can tell I enjoyed the book. An easy but entertaining read and I'm looking forward to the next in the series. I didn't give it all stars due to the typos. Spell check and grammar check should be everyone's friend. I've just recently discovered the world of young adult science fiction and am finding it very enjoyable. (Wish they'd had such a good selection when I was a kid! I'm now 61 and still hooked on sci-fi.)

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    GREAT BOOK

    Terrific read.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 29, 2013

    Thanks for offering a free book on Fridays! This looks like one

    Thanks for offering a free book on Fridays! This looks like one my children might like. As to the some of the other comments, don't complain about a free book. GO BUY ONE!

    10 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 29, 2013

    This 5 star is to offset the whines, please don't use book revie

    This 5 star is to offset the whines, please don't use book reviews to complain about what you have in the choice of a FREE book!

    9 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    This forum needs to be monitered

    I feel bad for the writer

    8 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2013

    Great world, great characters, on to book 2!

    Great world, great characters, on to book 2!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    Love all the five stars!!

    Love a book that has teen males excited and enjoying reading

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 29, 2013

    You old farts need to stop complaining about the free friday sel

    You old farts need to stop complaining about the free friday selection. It's free for one thing and beggars can't be choosers. It's not mature of you to rate 1 without reading the book.  There has been many free friday nook books directed to the mature audience that I was not interested in, but I have never complained because Its not like BN have to do this every friday.

    As for the book, I really enjoyed it! Great read and it's directed to young adult.

    7 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2013

    Very interesting

    Excellent sci-fi novel with a lot of twists and turns in the plot. The main characters are quite dry and occasionally not engaging; however the two main characters are dynamic and interesting. This is the story of a man forsaken by his society who is dominated by his belief in his training and the rules instilled by his people.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    Anon

    First off people are complaining because the books are poorly chosen. Second, for all you young people, before you bash the older readers try learning how to spell and use grammer. For all the reading you all do you are not learning to much. People are not whining, they just do not want something poor just because it is free. B&N is nice for giving free Fridays, but they are not being to generous with their selections. You all just seem to accept anything just because it is free. Tells us something about your character.

    6 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    Ty

    Thanks for free friday, and thanks for the free friday review entertainment complainers. Their complaints give me a chuckle weekly. Part of the fun is the free friday reveiws. ;-)

    6 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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