What I liked most about the book are the fusers, the tugs, the jump cars, and the warpods. Those high-techie futuristic spacecrafts, especially the fusers, can go up to quarter-light speed. The tugs are kind of small rockets that the fusers require for lift off. Warpods, on the other hand, are like fusers except they need no tugs for lift off and they're more built for battle than fusers which only have communication satellites, a space cab and a robotic arm that allows them to move cargo into the fuser because it's more like a cargo ship except that it is only used in space. The warpod and the fuser are the only ones that can reach L5, a used-to-be-empty space which was in that time, filled with asteroids which are launched by tugs. There is a space station there, probably in the middle of L5, where in the story, Maria was kidnapped and brought to.
Honestly, the synopsis spoiled the book for me, it is waaaay too long and detailed. This is book three to the Helium-3 series and though I haven't read the first two in this series, it retells enough of the characters' history that I had no problem tracking with it. However, I hardly liked any of the characters. Crater seemed like a sort of suck-up and Maria gave off the vib that she is this perfect human with a terrible attitude. There is another "main" character named Creasent, that was so jealous of Maria that it was just, sickening.
I saw very few Christian morals as well, so I will not be recommending it to friends. However, if you are thoroughly into today's YA science fiction and like exploring the galaxies, you may like this book/series, but if Sci-Fi is not your absolute favorite genre, I honestly do not think that you will like it.
"I received this book from Book Look blogger program in exchange for this honest review. All comments and opinions are my own."
I've read Homer Hickam's previous novels in the Helium-3 Series, Crater and Crescent. Both of those books left me with mixed feelings about the novels, and Crater Trueblood and the Lunar Rescue Company does much the same.
Once more, I found myself lost among the stars as I journeyed to the moon to join Crater and his team. The terminology used in the novel is rich, which can be good or bad. It makes the story feel more authentic. I feel as if I am on the moon with the characters. The scientific terms behind the story give it a strong pull, grounding the story. On the dark side, it leaves me with a head of words. I felt like I was swimming through the story in a murky layer. I didn't always see a clear picture of what was happening because I didn't have some of the terms defined.
The story line had its ups and downs also. It had an exciting, adventurous, gravitational pull. I wanted to keep reading to find out how (because I did not doubt they would) save the day. Again. However, sometimes it felt too easy. All these events perfectly aligned. That's not to say there weren't trials that characters had to go around. There was plenty of blockades in their way. Also, I felt certain events were supposed to be plot twists, but they weren't at all surprising.
Once more I found the characters' actions and personalities cliche. Maria is the perfect human being. Crater's character is dense and not always enjoyable. I did finally connect with him toward the end. And Crescent: as much as I enjoy the uniqueness of her character, her jealous feelings became dull fast.
Overall, the story and characters were decent. The lunar setting and space-y terms gives it an extra boost to keep things interesting. I would definitely say young readers, such as the tweens to early teens, would enjoy this type of story. It has the perfect mix of adventure, mystery, and excitement.
*I received this book for free through BookLook from Thomas Nelson publishing to give my open and honest opinion of the story, nothing more and nothing less.