Friday, March 23, 2012

Book Review: Homer Hickam's Crater

   A mining colony on the moon. A teen sent on a deadly mission. And a secret bigger than two worlds.
   It’s the 22nd Century. A tough, pioneering people mine the moon for Helium-3 to produce energy for a desperate, war-torn Earth.
  Sixteen-year-old Crater Trueblood loves his job as a Helium-3 miner. But when he saves a fellow miner, his life changes forever. Impressed by his heroism, the owner of the mine orders Crater to undertake a dangerous mission. Crater doubts himself, but has no choice. He must go.
  With the help of Maria, the mine owner’s frustrating but gorgeous granddaughter, and his gillie—a sentient and sometimes insubordinate clump of slime mold cells—Crater must fight both human and subhuman enemies. He’ll battle his way across a thousand miles of deadly lunar terrain and face genetically altered super warriors in his quest to recover an astonishing object that will alter the lives of everyone on the moon.

  I haven't read October Sky, but I did watch the movie soon after it's release, and I really enjoyed it.  When I had the opportunity to read, and review a new series he is working on I had to read it to see if I enjoyed his writing. This book sticks to the fascination with space that October Sky did, it goes in a bit more of a sci-fi direction, that features young adults.
  If you've been paying attention to pop culture lately then you know dystopian stories have become very popular. This story isn't exactly dystopian since the new society that Crater lives on the moon in isn't dreary, but it's very archaic compared to the democracy that America was on before people went to live on the moon.  The people's society is a mix of the wild west, and the Greek times.  We have the Colonel, who basically runs his city, watching over the races on the moon, and you also have an out of control society where bandits will stroll through their town. It makes for an interesting setting. 
  Crater is an interesting character, but most the characters lack any dimension. It's the setting on the moon that makes up for this, and you are just interested in what is possible for people. I think over time this series has the potential to build the connection to the characters though, but I think this is a good start to get the young adults it's targeted to interested. 
  Overall, the book is interesting. I think it might could use a few more things like romance, since girls are more likely to pick up books. This may get teen guys to read to. The cover is appealing, and the book features no cheesy content. You can check it out at Amazon

I received this book from Booksneeze in exchange for a review. 


  1. Thank you for the review, Holly. Now, you should read Rocket Boys (aka October Sky). You will love it. Trust me. For more on all my books, go here:

  2. Thank you for stopping by to comment! I am definitely looking forward to reading Rocket Boys, and checking out your other books.


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