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Crater (Helium-3 #1)

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It's the 22nd Century. A tough, pioneering people mine the moon for Helium-3 to produce energy for a desperate, war-torn Earth.

Sixteen-year-old Crater Trueblood loves his job as a Helium-3 miner. But when he saves a fellow miner, his life changes forever. Impressed by his heroism, the owner
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published April 10th 2012 by Thomas Nelson
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Denae Christine
Crater, the person, was boring. He was overly nice to everyone and didn't seem to every make mistakes. He was supposed to be super-duper smart and educated, but he had no ambition. He cared for everyone, even a girl who was bossy and rude. Crater was also brave. And won a race. And won this ball game. He would try new things and succeed almost with no effort in a page or two. The most interesting thing that happened was that he found out about his parents and he invented something awesome. Wh
Julie Davis
Crater Trueblood is an orphan and helium 3 miner on the moon, 100 years in the future. This coming of age story features an annoying best friend, a pretty tomboy, and a sidekick—Crater's gillie, a sentient and sometimes insubordinate clump of slime mold cells. Crater is chosen by "the Colonel" for a mysterious mission because he feels Crater may succeed where others have failed. All Crater has to do is travel to the capital city, pick up a package and deliver it to the Colonel. That sounds almos ...more
The book takes place on a mining colony called Helium-3. The mining colony is on the moon in outer space.
Crater Trueblood (title character) is a 16 year old boy who saves a life and goes on a space adventure (he does not leave the moon) to multiple moon colonies to save more lives. This book connects to ANY dystopian novel you can possibly imagine minus the obvious and annoying love triangle. You know, Hunger Games, Divergent, The host, The Maze Runner, or some other hunger games knock off witho
This was a pretty good book, but the way that it was written got on my nerves, a lot of tell, not show and explaining the terms that were created for this world. But a pretty good story. Just a lot of little annoyances!
The cons of this book outnumber the pro by a very wide margin. The author of this book has written an adequate memoir previous to Crater, which did well not because of its writing, but because of the inspiring and heartwarming story. In the memoir the characters were actual people who were already developed with their own lives and personalities. The characters in Crater lack any depth or development throughout the book. Crater’s backstory is the average tragic hero’s tale of dead parents. This ...more
I'm sorry... I just could never get into this at all. I did read all of it, but it was partially through will power, partially through curiosity about Crater+Maria, and partially because by the time I realized how bored I was with it, I was already one hundred pages in and didn't want to waste it.

The plot was fine, interesting even. What is Crater going to pick up? What is in it? Why is it so important?? Unfortunately the pluses end there.

The writing style is with what I had a big problem. I h
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There's no question that Homer Hickam is an accomplished writer. His novels of young men in blue collar trying circumstances have become his hallmark and this book, despite being speculative fiction, is no different. Transporting his 'miners' to the moon from the Earth gives him a chance to add a mystical element in the mix.

Although the book is marketed as ubiquitous YA, I feel it is much more geared to adult men who can
Homer Hickam's adventure into YA literature is a success. I listened to this book to see if it would be good to pass along to my 12 year old nephew. Yes, it is a good one for him.

If the reader knows anything about Mr. Hickam, then there are very obvious connections throughout this book to the threads of Mr. Hickam's life.

My husband has loved Hickam's other novels and hasn't missed reading any. I've read his memoirs and have been thrilled with them. A profound writer is not what Mr. Hickam is try
The writing was wooden. I was expecting so much more, given the fact that this author wrote "Rocket Boys" - which was not just a terrific story, it was so well written. This story had the potential to be awesome but it was taken down by its simplistic writing style - maybe this is a story meant for youngsters, who don't need a lot of sophistication. But telling a tale of settlements on the Moon, how technology has advanced, and how society itself changes because of being on the Moon -- there's s ...more
This book had a great plotline but was poorly written. The book is about the life of a boy named Crater. When Crater's mom found out she was pregnant, the doctors told her that aborting the baby was the only chance she had to live. She refused and died when Crater was born. Crater was then an orphan because his father had died in an unfortunate crash. The only possession that he got from his parents was a Gillie. A Gillies is an illegal biological machine that is very loyal to its owner. They ar ...more
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Crater (A Helium-3 Novel)

By Homer Hickham


The Story: It’s the 22nd Century. A tough, pioneering people mine the moon for Helium-3 to produce energy for a desperate, war-torn Earth.
Sixteen-year-old Crater Trueblood loves his job as a Helium-3 miner. But when he saves a fellow miner, his life changes forever. Impressed by his heroism, the owner of the mine orders Crater to undertake a dangerous mission. Crater doubts himself, but has no choice. He must go.
With the help of Maria
Lucas Simpson
Crater, by Homer Hickham is about the life of 16-year old orphan Crater Trueblood. The most intriguing component of this book by far is its setting. This Science Fiction novel takes place in 2143 on the Moon. Crater is a miner for a company responsible for unearthing a valuable resource called Helium-3.

The futuristic setting provides as a great backdrop for the plot of the novel.
Crater lived a simple life, until he saved a fellow miner in the midst of an accident. He is chosen for a special mis
Jamal Streater
This Is A Very Great Fiction Book.It's a great adventure story.This book takes place on the moon.There many characters but the main is Crater,Petro,Maria.They have to deliver something from across the entire moon.But there is a lot of things that is stopping them.
The entire book was amazing.There are many action scenes and Hilarious moments.But there is some holes in the story in which one character goes missing and coincidentally another character get token to the same place. But there is some
Hank Keefer
By Homer Hickman

Crater a teenage orphan that works on a moon mining company that digs for energy on the moon. He his selected tend by the towns general to go on an very important mission to collect an interesting artifact to help win over a helpful friend. The artifact helps the town succeed on a big decision.

I think that the book was very interesting because it gets the readers hooked fast and has a great plot about his struggles and life. In Armstrong City he gets help from Moontowns she
This book was in the Young Adult section of our library, but as I read it, I really felt it was juvenile fiction. Then, as I finished the book, I noticed on the back label (from the publisher, not the library) that it said "juvenile fiction" so perhaps my local library shifted this from juvenile fiction to YA fiction because of the violence--at least the violence at the end of the book. It was a nice story. I really liked Carter's character. It was an interesting "world." Perhaps in a slow readi ...more
Lucas Ventura
Crater: A Helium Three NovelX italic, is written by Homer Hickam. Not only is Crater the title but it is also the name of the main character, Crater Trueblood.X so what is your thesis about him? Sixteen-year-old Crater is a Helium-3 miner on the moon in the 22nd century. One day he saves another worker and suddenly he's the hero of the colony. The mine owner is impressed with his act of bravery and decides to send him on the most dangerous mission of his life. He'll go with the owner's granddau ...more
Beth Withers
This novel is the first in a trilogy of books called the Helium-3 series. It is, I believe, written for a young adult audience. The novel takes place on the Moon in the 22nd century, and the Moon is being mined for a valuable ingredient needed on Earth to make energy. The Moon has a Wild West feel about it. Crater is the main character, a young boy of 16. While I enjoyed the action in the book, I probably would have enjoyed it more if I were younger and more a fan of science fiction. I appreciat ...more
I love having a book in my library collection that I can hand over to a 5th grader who wants to hang in the teen area - wants to read what the big kids have.
A fun, clean read that is appropriate for grades 4/5 and up.

As an adult reader, or for my older kids, not so much, Crater is nice, but too nice, perfect even. Everything was too convenient, too neatly packaged. The gillie was my favorite character which isn't a good thing.

That being said, I didn't hate it, and know of many tweens I can pass
This was a good little book. It's young adult (leaning towards juvenile) science fiction and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. It's written by the guy who wrote Rocket Boys, which was later made into the movie October Sky (great movie).

Crater (Helium-3 #1) is set in the future and we have colonized the moon. Actually we are mining the crap out of the moon and the residents are mainly all in the mining field. This includes our protagonist Crator. He's a mid-teenage orphan who is overwhelmingly co
Roberto Mattos
This is quite an interesting reading. The initial idea is great, a colony of humans on the moon mining the energy source (Helium-3) for an earth that is completely devastated by wars and depleted of all its natural resources. The plot is simple: Crater is a young orphan that just turned sixteen. His best friend (Petro) is a boy of his age that should be a royalty, if earth had continued its normal path. Maria is the granddaughter of the "Colonel", the owner of the mines they work on. She caught ...more
"Crater" was an enjoyable adventure/sci-fi book. The story takes place on the moon where settlements have been established as people on earth ("earthians") need the Helium-3 found in the crust for an alternative energy source. Crater is a miner who is chosen due to his honesty and mold-ability for a secret mission that he accepts, even though it is not fully explained to him. The book follows Crater on his adventure as he travels with a group of truckers as a scout through a solitary road and hi ...more
Jessie Potts
Crater took me a while to finish because it was very, very slow to start off with. I find that sometimes this is the case with sci-fi books, the author/s want to make sure that the setting/rules/world is clearly understood. When Crater finally picked up it was honestly the gillie that stole the show not the main character. Gillie is basically an illegal slime mold type of organism that has brains, wit and helps the hero Crater on his journey.

I won’t rehash the plot but I feel like if I were youn
Moontown is like any other American mining town, full of long shifts and kids dreaming about the outside world. Except, of course, it’s on the moon. Sixteen year old Crater Trueblood is one of the few who seem happy working helium-3 mines, unlike his best friend Pedro. But Crater is a rare, honest man in a world full of people running from their pasts, and the Colonel has a job it seems only Crater is qualified for – a job that becomes more and more like a quest the further Crater gets from Moon ...more
For this book, I am letting my wonderful husband write the review, since he likes this genre better than I do!

This book was an interesting conundrum for me. The character of Crater was excellent, and I wanted to read more about him. The rest of the characters were mostly just annoying, and yet, that is where most of the story seemed to focus. We kept getting glimpses of the greatness that Crater could possess, but we never got to actually see it. Hints were given about his past and how it actual
Sixteen-year-old Crater Trueblood was born on the moon and instantly became an orphan there. He was adopted by a family living in the mining colony and has lived there ever since, becoming a top-notch Helium-3 miner and an upstanding young man of excellent character. That is saying something in a colony made up mostly of ex-criminals and ne'er-do-wells escaping the war-torn and violence filled Earth.

Crater shows his character when he risks his life to save another Helium-3 miner after a mining a
Beth Dailey Kenneth
Book was a slow start but picked up and I hated that it ended so soon....

It's the 22nd Century and our main character, Crater Trueblood, an orphan, just turned sixteen, and is already a seasoned Helium 3 miner on the moon. His lifelong goal is to be a foreman on the scrapes (mining area). Crater sees his chance when his boss, the Colonel requests Crater to makes a treacherous journey through space to pick up a priceless treasure. Crater, accompanied by Maria and his gillie--an often insubordinat
A new trilogy begins with this book by Homer Hickam. The setting is the future, the 22nd century to be exact, where readers will find mining on the moon is a common profession due to the destruction on the Earth. While the life it hard, Crater Trueblood enjoys his job mining for Helium-3. But, there are dangers, and when he saves the life of another miner. others notice him. It is then that Crater is to undertake a dangerous assignment. At 16, Crater doesn't think he can really do it, but decide ...more
Reuben H.
Crater was written by Homer Hickam, the author of the autobiography Rocket Boys that was adapted in 1999 as the film October Sky. I saw the film years ago and loved it, and that's how I instantly became interested in this novel when I heard that Homer wrote it. The story of October Sky was about Homer's life as a young man: his father was a coal miner and wanted him to become one as well, but Homer saw his future along a different path, and eventually became a NASA engineer. Many years later, af ...more
Sarah Elisabeth
A mining outpost on the moon, a protective gillie, a complaining brother-like best friend and an annoying boss’ granddaughter set things up for changes to come in the life of a mild mannered scraper kid named Crater Trueblood.

The story starts with the redundant but satisfying job of mining in the way back of the moon and escalates to an adventure across the most dangerous territory the moon has to offer. Crater is plunged into adventure and struggle for survival as he makes new friends…and new
Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
3.5 stars

Did I enjoy this book: I did! Once I got past the lingo (which seemed a bit extreme for a novel that’s supposed to take place in the near future), I was hooked. I liked Crater from the start, and I’ve been searching the internet for days trying to find out where to get my own Gillie. A few important plot points happened rather rapidly (mainly Crater’s interview with Nurse Soichi), but I’m confident Hickam has plans to expand these topics in the later books of the series.

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Homer Hickam (also known as Homer H. Hickam, Jr.) is probably best known for his award-winning memoir Rocket Boys which was adapted into the ever-popular movie October Sky. Mr. Hickam has been a coal miner, Vietnam combat veteran, scuba instructor, NASA engineer, and now a best-selling author. For more information, please go to
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