Summary- A Helium-3 miner named Crater makes a treacherous journey through space to find a mysterious and priceless treasure.
It’s the 22nd Century and a tough, pioneering people are mining the moon
to produce energy for a desperate, war torn Earth. Crater Trueblood, an orphan, loves his life in Moontown, a frontier mining settlement. Just turned sixteen, Crater is already a seasoned Helium 3 miner, hoping someday to be a foreman on the scrapes. But “the Colonel,” the man who owns the mine, has a different plan for Crater which includes Maria, the Colonel’s daring young granddaughter. Crater, accompanied by Maria and his gillie–a sentient and sometimes insubordinate clump of slime mold cells–must shepherd a convoy of Helium 3 trucks across a forbidding river of dust while also looking for a mysterious, historical artifact that could mean the difference between life and death for every inhabitant on the moon.
My Review- I don’t usually read a lot of science fiction. Something abut this book caught my eye though and I’m so glad I decided to read it. The subject of space travel and living on the moon has always fascinated me so I devoured this book very quickly. The characters in the story are so real you can almost hear their voices in your head. I fell in love with Crater almost immediately. He has a little “sidekick” called a gillie that I was just absolutely bewitched by and the interaction between Crater and the gillie make for some really cute dialog in the book. The emotions of fear, love, jealousy and friendship are entwined perfectly with some great suspense and adventure. This was a wonderful futuristic coming of age story that I would recommend for anyone of any age. I think it has a little bit of something that everyone can enjoy. I will definitely be searching out Homer Hickam’s other books.
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