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(Helium-3 #1)

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  878 ratings  ·  164 reviews

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 (first published April 1st 2012)
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Veda I think he likes to work at the scrapes because he always try's to look on the bright side of things and not the dark side.
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Oct 21, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
Feb 14, 2016 rated it did not like it
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
May 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
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
Julie Davis
May 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 02, 2015 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!
Glenn Haggerty
Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Crater is written in traditional sci-fi style, with realistic representations of what life on the moon could be like. Crater, the 17-year-old underdog-hero, is an interesting character. Although the omniscient point of view portrays Crater as somewhat distant, his inspiring faith and heroism shines through. In addition, the unique world-building and compelling quest make this a fun read.
Feb 26, 2019 added it
Zero stars. Snickerdoodles, this was bad haha
We actually started this in English class, but it was so incredibly boring that my teacher didn't even care about finishing it.
I don't really want to waste time writing a review, so...
Dec 08, 2016 rated it liked it
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
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
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 rated it did not like it
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 Wilson
Dec 14, 2016 rated it did not like it
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
Jan 04, 2014 rated it liked it
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
May 31, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Aug 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
A Quickie Review

The author of the beloved book Rocket Boys, which later became the movie October Sky, now is trying his hand at fiction, and the end result is actually very good. A fun, kid-friendly interstellar adventure, Crater is well-written and enjoyable.

Content Concerns: Mild violence, a scant few instances of implied profanity, some intensity...about as innocent as what you are likely to see on the Disney Channel.

Score: 4.5/5
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
really disliked the writing style, felt it was super choppy and bland. crater's character in the book was so boring. overall, extremely disappointing ending. (view spoiler) ...more
Jan 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Interesting idea, but not well developed. I finished the book, but didn’t keep it. The characters did not have much depth, and the story felt rushed and shallow. It seemed more like an outline of what could’ve been more of a story.
Elliot P
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
good book
Braeden Cairns
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Braeden Cairns

Crater is a young adult novel in which we follow 16 year old Crater Trueblood. Crater is a helium-3 miner on the moon and has a knack for adventure. Crater often finds himself in sticky situations, because he likes to go and explore. This story is set in 2143 when Earth needs helium-3 to produce energy for a war-torn Earth. Crater’s boss needs him to set off on a mission across the moon to pick up a secret object, along with him goes Maria, his boss’s daughter, and his gillie whic
Ryan Mihm
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
As a futuristic YA novel, Crater is actually pretty good. There's some shoddy characterization, some cheesy action, some too-easy conflict resolution, and all, but there's a good story at the core of it. I appreciated the creative technologies and the attention to the difficulties of living on the moon. Lots of implausible stuff, but that's part of the fun of the genre.

Also worth noting that the story is very clean and has a non-pushy theism throughout. There is peril and death, but nothing is
Nov 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I wanted to read this being a fan of Homer Hickam from Rocket Boys/October Sky. I think that I had I been a young adult reader that I would have enjoyed this a lot more, so in that sense that I feel like it would rate much better.

I'm sorry that he didn't hit a mark that made the book more enjoyable for me, but it's a decent enough read that I can't say it's terrible.

Probably not going to go on to read the two followup novels though, I'm going to try some other f his fiction.
Jun 27, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a fun book that was a quick and easy read. I felt there were some inconsistencies in the book as characters and types of characters were being developed. There are definitely aspects of the book I feel were inspired by other sci-fi stories. Some of the elements seemed a bit far-fetched, but then I thought about it and I could see someone doing that...after all there's a Tesla in orbit now, right? The book was entertaining and I did enjoy it! ...more
Ben Seamons
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Crater is a great book with lots of action and adventure with lots of space stuff and the story takes place on the moon. Crater the main character is chosen to do a special mission and has to journey across the moon to try to get a special artifact. If you like to read science fiction books this is a good book for you!
Ben Newman
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love science fiction books, and this one was really good. It wasn't too hard too believe, and made me want to live on the moon. Crater, the main character lives on the moon as a lowly miner, but he is clearly destined for more. He eventually leaves his old life (temporarily) behind and joins a convoy for the settlement on the moon's leader. ...more
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Crater reminds me of an old-school sci-fi. I loved the writing style. Anyone who knows Homer Hickman knows that he knows about space and mining. His knowledge may make the story a little dry in the beginning because he's very detailed. However I appreciated the realism his knowledge brought to the story.

Overall it was an interesting story about what life would be like on the moon.
Julie Gárate
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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*5 Stars*

Crater Trueblood is a 16 year old orphan on the moon. He's a sweet, kind boy, who genuinely cares about everyone. Content as a Heel-3 minor (short for Heelium-3), Crater is happy in his home of Moontown and despite his best friend Petro's requests for him to look at the bigger opportunities that lay ahead, he loves where he is and what he does. When asked by the Colonel one day to be assigned to a dangerous mission to receive a package at Armstrong City, the biggest city on the moon, an
Shelly Kelly
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Creative realistic sci-fi reminiscent of Heinlein storytelling style. 16-year old Crater is the intelligent yet naive orphan of Moontown, a lunar mining colony chosen to accompany a “Smokey and the Bandit” style truck convoy across the lunar desert to Armstrong City. I really liked the characters, setting, storyline, and style.
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