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1 Stars Out Of 5
Another sad disappointment in the series
June 3, 2014
We continue the story Homer Hickam began in Crater with this second novel of the series except now, the miners on the moon have been dragged into a war.
And instead of correcting the errors present in book 1, Homer has apparently decided they are a trademark of this particular series and has carried them even further.
There is even more nonsense about evolution and even some things which are clearly pure fantasy. Thomas Nelson is supposedly a Christian publishing company but there is more fantasy and fiction than anything Biblical in these pages. And they advertise it as a dystopian but there is little convincing evidence of that in the storyline. Perhaps on Earth_ but we don't get to read much about that.
I would go over all of the things that disappoint me about this series but you can read my review of book 1 if you really want to know. Suffice to say I am greatly saddened by the clear lack of research and Christ-like writing. But since it is fiction and it is published in a world where even the most devout Christians are being led astray daily, I really should not be surprised.
I will post my warning to parents again though, because it deserves being said!
PARENTS_ A WARNING:
If you chose to introduce this book to your teens or pre-teens - be aware that, as they read about the thrilling adventure and the extreme danger that faces our two main characters, it will be far too easy for them to be caught up in the story and confused by the false concepts presented. If you are a strong believer in the bible, keep that in mind when considering these novels for your young adults.
Sadly, I did not receive this book free in exchange for an honest review.
I purchased it at full price at a writer's conference - in order to support the author, having no idea of the ridiculousness that lurked inside the pages.
Crescent by Homer Hickam, is the second book in the helium-3 series, and was another great hit! I actually liked the second book better then the first one! It had great drama, unforgettable characters, and some humor that really made me laugh out loud! One of the characters I really loved was Crescent. A strong mutant human, called a Crowhopper, which was created by the UCW, that was born to kill and die. She struggles against her own kind, learns to care and trust other people, and uses her strength and fighting skills for good.
the book is taken place three years later. Crater is still the same, but you can tell he is three years older. He is still working for the Colonel mining valuable Helium-3 and now that the wars have started he is also a part time soldier fighting the Crowhoppers that the UCW sent out because they wanted control over the moon. Crater is not fond of war and he starts to think what is really worth fighting for. But on one fight in the midst of a deadly battle, Crater captures an enemy Crowhopper. The smallest one he had ever seen, standing at only about five feet tall. But this one he refuses to kill and he treats her kindly. instead he takes her to Moontown as a prisoner. But she soon stolen the heart of his adopted Mom, Q-Bess, who wants to adopt her. Crater was upset at first, but soon loved her like his sister. However many people from Moon town thinks differently about her and she experiences prejudice and even cruelty.
Soon Crescent is imprisoned for a murder she didn't commit. Crater comes to her aid, and becomes an outlaw to help her escape. the two that have now become fugitives, escaped into the vast expanse of hostile terrain called "the big suck." For Crater, it turns out the cause most worth fighting for may be right by his side.
Crescent is the second installment of Homer Hickam's Helium-3 series. It is highly recommend that you read the first book first.
Crescent does not pick up where Crater left off, instead taking place three years later. It's still the exact same worldâ€”same futuristic moon colonyâ€”with the exact same characters, but you can tell how much it's changed. War has broken out on Earth, on the moon, and everywhere in-between. Crater Trueblood, our protagonist from before, is a part-time helium-3 miner and a part-time soldier, fighting under Colonel John High Eagle Medaris against the crowhoppers, genetically-engineered troops sent by the UCWâ€”the Unified Counties of the World, an alliance formed by over thirty nations on Earth. The reason for the war was that the UCW wanted control over the moon, and the residents of the moon were not going to let that happen.
With that little bit of premise, I will not tell you the story. If you are eager to learn it, you can look up a synopsis on any book-selling website, or check out most other reviews. I, however, would just recommend reading the books. What I will tell you, however, is that Crescent is amazing and it was definitely worth the wait. The main characters are now a few years older, and you can tell how much they've changed. Crater is no longer the super-naive kid anymore, but instead has grown into a wiser, slightly pessimistic young man who has seen too much in his short time. While the characters have clearly grown up, you can tell that they're the exact same people, just older. I, more than anyone, know how much even a simple year can completely change a person.
Crescent is an adventurous tale, once again taking the reader back to this alternate future that I love so much. I feel like it's a little more mature than Crater was, possibly simply because the characters themselves are older. The book can be humorous at times, and the author gave multiple nods to the first book through inside jokes. My biggest complaint with the entire book is that it ended. I mean, come on! It was so very good the entire way through, and then ol' Homer had to go ahead and end it! When I finished the last chapter I jumped out of my chair and started shouting at the author for ending the book, and ending it where he did of all places.
Now, of course, the next Helium-3 novel is to be the final book in the series. I am going to be truly sad when it's over, because I love this trilogy. I assume that the next novel will once again jump ahead in time a few years, and I absolutely cannot wait. Unfortunately, I have to. It comes out in a year.
Congratulations, Mr. Hickam, your world has once again stolen my heart. I eagerly look forward to the final installment, though I'll probably cry at the end because the series will be over. You're a brilliant writer. Keep up the good work.
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to make some turnip paste.