Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Crater by Homer Hickam Book Review

About the Book
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

My Thoughts
This book surprised me. My main purpose for requesting it to review was that it seemed like something my brother might enjoy and it look semi-interesting so I figured I'd give it a try. The writing style was different than I'm used to but the story still drew me in. The only things that really bugged me were, the occasional "head-hopping" (only a few times) and the fact that everything seemed over explained at the beginning. But it was easy to let that slide when you remember that it's a made-up world that needs explaining. There were a few other things that were off-putting but nothing major. All in all it was a decent read that is especially fitting for tween to teen boys.

About the Author
Homer Hickam is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Rocket Boys, which was made into the acclaimed movie October Sky. He is also the author of the bestseller Torpedo Junction, The Keeper's Son, The Ambassador's Son, the award-winning memoir Sky of Stone, and the bestseller Back to the Moon. He is married to Linda Terry Hickam. See his website for more information.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


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