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Crater (Helium-3 #1)

3.43  ·  Rating Details ·  650 Ratings  ·  140 Reviews
A mining colony on the moon. A teen sent on a deadly mission. And a secret bigger than two worlds.

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 hero
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published April 10th 2012 (first published April 1st 2012)
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Feb 14, 2016 Beau rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The main reason I finished this book was so I could write this review. There were so many things wrong with it I felt overwhelmed with things I could write about it. First off the book seemed like it was an assignment and the author was forced to write it. There were many important parts where Homer failed to deliver a sufficient amount of details keeping me from getting a decent picture in my head. Even the climax of the book was bland an
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
Oct 21, 2014 Addie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Julie Davis
May 01, 2012 Julie Davis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
I'm impressed I made it to page 88. Because, honesty? The writing was basic and there was lots of head-jumping (like a little children's story form), which annoyed me to no end. The two mentions of two somethings being millions of years old made bothered me very much as I'm a firm believer in creation. I'm always sadden when there's evolution mentions in a so-called Christian book. And just in case your thinking that since this is a Dystopia I should let it slide, you're very mistaken. The back ...more
Mar 02, 2015 Louisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Crater is the story of an average miner sent on a quest to retrieve an unknown item. Crater is an orphan living on the moon as a low level Heel-3 miner with his close friend Petro. Crater is recruited by his mining company’s owner to retrieve an item for him after hearing the stories of how Crater rescued a warehouse full of workers from a loose boulder. Crater embarks on his journey with with a convoy carrying the precious material Heel-3 accompanied by his friend Petro as well as the company ...more
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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
Apr 03, 2014 Skyril rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 01, 2014 Mason rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Missy Ritchie
Dec 14, 2016 Missy Ritchie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book fell so flat. Crater is a horribly developed character with no depth. He's so naive and never really does anything to actually move the plot along. He'd never get out of things if someone else didn't dig him out of the situation. He's supposedly smart, but it's not actually shown through his thoughts or actions. It's just told to the reader, but not really ever proved. None of the other characters are consistent either. The narrative style doesn't help either. Instead of focusing on on ...more
May 31, 2014 Kathy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Ryan Mihm
May 14, 2017 Ryan Mihm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What if you were the one chosen to go on a dangerous moon mission? That's exactly what a young man faced in the story Crater, by Homer Hickam. Crater Trueblood is a 17 year old that is a Helium miner on the moon. This book is set about 100 years in the future, where moon life is common.
While working on the scrapes, Crater is able to save one of his fellow miners, and the Colonel of the city admires his bravery. He is sent on a mission to travel around the moon to gather the remains of Yuri Gaga
Reuben H.
Mar 16, 2012 Reuben H. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 29, 2014 El-jorro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bookworm Speaks!

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
Marloz Ponce
May 16, 2013 Marloz Ponce rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read2013
Crater es el primer libro en la trilogía Helium-3, escrita por Homer Hickam. Está escrito en tercera persona. Decidí leer este libro porque no me suele gustar los libros de ciencia ficción y este sonaba muy bueno, además está escrito por un astronauta, eso prometía información verdadera sobre el universo y sus diversos compuestos. La historia está dividida en capítulos, cada capítulo es un nombrado con un número. La historia es contada cronológicamente. El autor utiliza un lenguaje informal y ju ...more
Nov 28, 2012 Emma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction, ya
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
Jun 04, 2013 Samantha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
"Crater" is book #1 of a fun series that seems perfect for teenagers.

The writing style reminds me of the early Robert A. Heinlein. He had written a series of books for teenagers that tended to be heroic, violent and a little silly at times. He used teenagers as the main characters. Good examples are Tunnel in the Sky, Starship Troopers and probably the most relevant in comparison: Rocket Ship Galileo where sharp teenagers team up with a professor to build their own rocket to the moon and you ca
Mar 28, 2012 Laurie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-books
Young Crater Trueblood was born on the moon. He had lived in the same mining colony his entire life. Though he was only sixteen ... almost seventeen ... he was chosen for a special mission, which would change his outlook on life forever.

While I'm not a huge science fiction fan, I don't hate it either. Mostly, a lot of sci-fi books go a bit over my head and I don't really comprehend the technology involved. While I enjoy pondering over different plot aspects etc, I don't want to have to use a lot
Amir Morgan
May 25, 2015 Amir Morgan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Crater" by Homer Hickam is about a sixteen year old named Crater Trueblood; takes place during the 22nd century in the year 2143. It begins with Crater's job as a part of the mining colony, as he lives and works on the moon. Earth had too many political issues and war causing the Earth to slowly fall before everyone. In order to keep Earth safe there must be a steady constant supply of "Helium-3" that fuels nuclear reactors, which can only be found and mined on the moon. After the mine owner n ...more
Jake M
Sep 13, 2012 Jake M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Crater! A true character for this story! Crater is a 16 year old boy, who lives on the moon, in the future! He works at a mining company mining Heel-3 which is a type of energy source for the future. Later into the book Crater has to decide to stay at his hometown of Moontown, or go on a dangerous mission, to be part of a convoy to another city on the moon called Armstrong city, which was the very first settlement on the moon (hints why it is named "Armstrong city") Crater was asked by Colonel S ...more
Sarah Sawyer
Apr 05, 2012 Sarah Sawyer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 14, 2012 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Grace Bridges
Mar 21, 2012 Grace Bridges rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A boy miner named Crater from the waybacks of the Moon is sent by his ruling authority to collect a package of unknown contents from a ship coming from Earth. That's it in a nutshell, but there's a rich wide world opened up within this story - a whole new culture and history of Moon colonists, combined with scads of intriguing technological and practical advancements. Imaginative concepts - such as a pet made of sentient mould - strong characters and real dangers make this a definite page-turner ...more
Roberto Mattos
Aug 20, 2012 Roberto Mattos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 27, 2012 Charli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
Imagine living on the moon. Sounds fanciful doesn’t it? But that’s exactly were Crater Trueblood lives and works – the moon. The Earth has been ravaged by wars and by the horrible creations of man and now there are colonies on the moon – colonies that mine a precious commodity used for fuel on Earth called Helium-3.

Crater Trueblood is a lovable main character. He has a heightened sense of what is right and wrong and he is not afraid to question whether something is right or not. He is also highl
Athena Nagel
Oct 26, 2012 Athena Nagel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Crater is the first book in Homer Hickam’s Helium 3 Series. I loved this book because it is a mix of personal journey, science, exploration etc… The end of the story leaves you kind of hanging, but that is undoubtedly to hook you into book 2 in the series. I would be perfectly happy allowing my 12 year old son to read this story, while at the same time, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Crater is the main character and he is a 16 year old, orphan who becomes a lunar miner on a secret mission in 2143. Ear
Shaneh English9
Jan 02, 2013 Shaneh English9 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Crater Trueblood is a 16 year old orphan who lives on the small mining town of Moontown, which is on the moon.Craters feels like he is destined to always work at the Helium 3 mines, while his brother hopes to soon one day leave the boring and tedious town. The Colonel who is the owner of the most important and most prosperous buisness in Moontown which is the transportation of Helium 3 to Earth. The Colonel asks Crater to go with the next convoy of Helium 3 drivers to go to the moonport and send ...more
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Homer Hickam (also known as Homer H. Hickam, Jr.) is the author of many best-sellers including his latest, Carrying Albert Home. An eclectic writer, he wrote the "Coalwood Series," which includes the # 1 New York Times best-selling memoir Rocket Boys, the popular World War II-era "Josh Thurlow" series, the juvenile sci-fi "Crater" series, the adult thriller The Dinosaur Hunter, the romantic Red He ...more
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