Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Apollo's Outcasts by Allen Steele

Apollo's Outcasts by Allen Steele
Publisher: Pyr (Prometheus)
Publish Date:  November 6, 2011
Pages: 300
ISBN: 978-1616146863

Jamey Barlowe was born on the moon, but lives on Earth.  Due to the gravitational differences, he's in a wheelchair on Earth.  He has two sisters - both born on Earth and they live with their dad, their mom died on the moon.

The story starts right off with action.  Jamey's dad wakes them up in the middle of the night, with orders to pack a bag quickly.

There's been a political uprising and all the people involved are putting their kids on a space shuttle and shipping them to the moon.  But before boarding, one of them is going to have to make the choice to stay on Earth.  It's vital that another child be on that shuttle.

Once on the moon, Jayme actually has a decent time - he's not locked to his wheelchair and can walk and run.  He even decides to join the Lunar Search and Rescue Group.

Things really fall apart when the new U.S. President threatens the moon colony with military force.  Jamey ends up on the front line of the attack and his life will never be the same.

The characters were fine, pretty straight forward.  I never really felt one way or the other about them, but they definitely weren't bad.

It was the story that kept me engaged. Just imagine the U.S. threatening it's own colony!  Hmmm, sound familiar?

All in all, an excellent book and especially good for boys.

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