Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Book Review: Crater Trueblood and the Lunar Rescue Company
By Homer Hickam
Thomas Nelson, 2014
English, 336 pgs
The Earth is devastated and the worst elements of humanity are determined to take over the moon. It's up to the settlers of the harsh, gray moon to fight back.
Kidnapped by an evil group intent on the destruction of the world and capture of the moon, Maria Medaris, co-leader of the moon's richest and most powerful family, initially fights for her life, but is soon dazzled by the promises and enticements of her captors.
Crater Trueblood, once rejected by Maria but still in love with her, and Crescent, a female bioengineered warrior fiercely loyal to Crater, use their cunning and deadly skills to come to her aid.
But will Maria be on their side when they get to her? And what of the Earth itself which is in the crosshairs of a destruction not seen since the massive extinction of the dinosaurs?
The fate of two worlds hangs in the balance.
I selected to review this book without realizing it was a part 3 of a series. I have not read the first two books so I was a little confused about some things at the beginning, but I picked up on the series lingo pretty quickly. The characters had already been developed in the previous books (I assume) so there isn't a lot of motivation description and there is a little history when appropriate. I didn't fully understand all that was going on, but I picked up on enough to be able to continue reading it.
I think there were lots of scenes that just were not exactly necessary. For example, when Petro and Crescent steal the tug and are caught, there is a scene where they're in holding and talking about a wedding, then they're out because Petro picked the lock and then they're right back in the tug. Could have left this out and it would have been just fine. This is just one of a bunch of scenes that really didn't add anything to the book.
From the beginning, Crescent is worried about a secret and I assumed it was her feelings for Crater. I won't spoil anything in the story (assuming it's never discussed in the previous books), but when it was revealed I thought it was pretty far fetched and kinda didn't like her much after that.
Maria is an okay character. It took me a while to realize her motivations and intentions. For that, I feel she's pretty well developed in the book.
I think it's an okay read. If you've read the other books, of course you'll want to read this one as it ties up the story. I wonder though if there isn't one more story that can be told from the book!
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