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3.95  ·  Rating details ·  780 ratings  ·  176 reviews
A boy and his friends must find a way to survive in the mining tunnels after their new space colony is attacked in this gritty action-adventure novel, which School Library Journal called “a solid survival story.”

In space. Underground. And out of time.

Christopher Nichols and his family live on a new planet, Perses, as colonists of Melming Mining’s Great Mission to save the
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published September 22nd 2015 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Debbie Ohi
Jul 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Appropriately enough, I began and finished Kevin Sylvester's MiNRS underground. It was soOooOooOOoo good that I missed my subway stop. Twice.

MiNRS is Kevin's upcoming action-adventure sf book for middle grade ... though honestly, I believe older readers will enjoy it as well. The premise: A 12-year-old boy and his friend have to survive in the mining tunnels after their new space colony are attacked during an Earth communication blackout.

Love the unexpected plot twists.

Loved the action and
Barb Middleton
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Science fiction over the years has reflected the fears and concerns of society. In the 50's, 60's, and 70's there was hype over landing on the moon and exploring space, the fear of alien invasions and nuclear war. The cold war fizzled in the 90's and the war on terrorism and technology exploded. Books such as "Fahrenheit 451," by Ray Bradbury reflected fears over the invention of the television while more recent novels like, " Hunger Games," by Suzanne Collins mirrored reality-TV shows and the ...more
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really good! Leaves off on a HUGE cliffhanger, I have to read the next book.
Aug 04, 2017 rated it liked it
This is the first half of a story but at least it left off in a good place. I would say it's target audience would be young teenage boys but really anyone can read and enjoy it.

It takes place on a planetoid (seems a bit large to be realistic, maybe an asteroid would have been a better choice) which has been brought into orbit near Earth. It's being mined to provide our planet with the material we have completely used up. Pirates invade killing (all?) the adults leaving a small group of kids
May 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Really liked thisbook. Full of action and you can think along with the characters as they plot their moves.
May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My 9 year old loved it as well! So well done!
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Read this because I saw it recommended by a Twitter “friend”. It is the perfect middle grade sci-fi book. Haddix fans will love this book. Since it ended on a cliffhanger, I’ll definitely be reading the next one!
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great middle grade survival story. In space. Underground.
Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary | Empathy Shouldn't Be That Hard To Understand, People.
Review to come: Short version - good book, but a lot of deaths in it, so it may not be appropriate for your middle grader.
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fiction
I enjoyed this dystopian YA novel from Canadian writer Kevin Sylvester. While lacking some of the complexities of a more adult novel, Sylvester deftly keeps readers engaged while keeping true to the maturity level of the teenage characters. I highly recommend this for teen and preteen readers. I'll be buying this for my guy for summer reading.
Chris is one of the few survivors of a mysterious attack on the mining asteroid he calls home. The attack was carried out as the asteroid moved into a communication blackout with the Earth. With the help of the other children who've survived the attack, Chris begins to fight back in order to survive long enough to get back in touch with Earth.

I picked this book up because the author will be visiting my school this week, and I was sent a copy in advance of his presentation.

I finished the book
Aug 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Interesting premise: A colony of people relocate to the planet Perses to mine for materials that Earth is running out of. They are believed to be Earth's hope for survival. The colony is preparing for a blackout period when Earth and Perses will not be able to communicate, but chaos ensues when bombs start to fall. A handful of children escape into the mines and they need to survive and fight off the attackers. Well-written, gripping, and holds high appeal for young readers.
First book in a
Jul 25, 2016 rated it liked it
This book was a solid 3.5. Good action and suspense with a couple of twists. I had a difficult time visualizing some parts and craved more description, but overall a fun read.
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, bpl-book-club
This was a fantastic book. It made me cry because someone sacrificed their life for his child. This was the first time I cried reading a book and I couldn't put it down. It was lovely, suspenseful and heartbreaking. Thank you to my youth book club at the Burlington library for recommending this as a group read. Kevin Sylvester, you are a fantastic author, I will definitely read the rest of the series!
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I've read this year. Would recommend.
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I think this book was the best sci-fi book of all time! It was cool and heartbreaking at the same time!
3.5 starts

The world is running out of resources, and Christopher, along with his family and others, have left earth to mine for resources on the planet Perses, a planetoid that almost obliterated planet earth. When the people on Perses temporarily lose communications with earth, the bombs hit. Christopher is forced into the underground tunnels, with only a map that proves impossible to decipher, or even find, given to him by his father, right before he rushed to his death. No adults survived,
Jul 06, 2015 rated it liked it
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Chris and his parents live on the planetoid Perseus at some point in the future from present day, when Earth’s natural resources have been depleted. Perseus is a big mining colony started by scientific and humanitarian visionary Hans Melming as an innovative way to return natural resources and precious metals back to Earth.

One day, a group of strangers come to bomb Perseus, and Chris’s life as he knew it comes to an end. His mother dies in front of him and his father whisks him to
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
Typical dystopian YA fiction. Cute, but "independent" girl who is a friend.... or more? Check. Genius boy as main character who's nice and everyone tolerates as the main character? Check. Leader of the community's son, who is spoiled, wants leadership, and might be secretly working against them? Check. New smart, funny independent girl who might become the third angle in a love triangle? Check. A horde of peeps who fill a broad spectrum of ancillary roles (medic, little kid, etc.)? Check. Danger ...more
Vikki VanSickle
Throw a mix of characters into a small space and you have a great set-up for drama. Make that space an underground mining colony on Mars under attack and you’ve got a set up for GREAT drama. Kevin Sylvester is an award-winning author-illustrator of nonfiction for kids, picture books, and middle grade fiction. He is also the host of the podcast Great Kids, Great Reads, in which he interviews indie booksellers about children’s books. He is perhaps best known for his smart-alec, verbose kid ...more
Carly J
This book definitely exceeded my expectations. It was extremely engaging and action packed, and I couldn't put it down (I finished it in less than a day). The books says it's geared for kids 8-12, but it's easily enjoyable for an older audience.

The premise of the story was original and it was written in a way that made it seem realistic. Good middle grade science fiction can be hard to come by, as many are cheesy and too far fetched. MiNRS makes a story about a mining colony in space seem like
Ryan B
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In my opinion MINRS is the most thrilling and mysterious book i’ve ever read.I would defendantly read the book again because it is heart pounding and is edgy.MINRS is a good book with some romance.The book really points out that you can overcome anything.I think the author shows that love shines through in the darkest of times.I would say this book is a very good book on space that I can relate too. I’ ll give you a sneak peek,’’we have breaking news.scientists at the Global Observatory in Oslo ...more
Are you kidding me??? Ok, here's a spoiler for you - the end of this book is such a cliff hanger you will find no peace or resolution!! This book seized my imagination - yeah, I love scifi - and I stayed up for hours into the night each night because I could not put it down - so much action and adventure! The main character is not the most interesting kid, but there's a good cast of characters. Lots of death and destruction and you're underground but in space! Kids vs scary attackers! It's all ...more
I thought this was about kids fighting to rescue their parents and loved ones after pirates bombard their mining establishment. NOPE. It's about kids fighting to stay alive after their parents and loved ones are KILLED. Many of them on screen. Torture is referenced, two people suicide, PTSD is very much a factor. So like, be prepared.

Also I'm skeptical of the science here. Why is only one asteroid terraformed? How did they terraform the entire thing so fast if it is big enough to have a gravity
Jenn Hopp
Jul 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. I think this book will appeal to my MG readers - those who like science fiction already and those who are interested in trying a new genre. The story is fast-paced, and the characters face some challenging survival dilemmas (which make for great book conversations). I also really appreciated Sylvester's author's note about his inspiration for the space and the mining mix (relevant to today's world). For me, I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline and the characters, but I wanted more bite, ...more
Vinuson Suntharesan
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Firstly, I love Kevin Sylvester because he writes books that inspire him the most. He wrote this book from his inspiration of space and today's world. The book MiNRS, by Kevin Sylvester is definitely a 3.5 out of 5 stars for me. This book is really action packed that will not let you put the book down. The book has several twists that make it stand out from other book. It has a good storyline and a variety of good characters in the story to make it a nice sci-fi book.
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-riot-2016
Wow! Wow!
I had a little idea of things in this book, thanks to my daughters attending a day workshop with the author. However, I was past their insights only four chapters in and could not put this book down. For my middle grade teacher friends Read Aloud title for sure. For my other reader friends, don't let the middle grade classification fool you. And to the author, WHY WHY WHY?!! I NEED MORE
Book Riot's Read Harder Challenge, 2016-- middle grade read
Gina Schaarschmidt
Apr 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a solid middle school read. Takes place on a future mining colony governed by one company. The colony, which inhabits a small planet, experiences a communication blackout with Earth at the same time it is invaded and attacked. Several kids escape to the underground mines. From there it's a survival story. It has elements of 1984 and Enders Game. Kids will be eager for the sequel.
Engel Dreizehn
Aug 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-2016
I would describe it as "Lord of the Flies" mixed in "Oliver Twist" in space. Very surprised serious themes like child-worker exploitation/poverty and survival akin to the Victorian ages were forefront.
Mar 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My son read this book, and he is excited for MiNRS2 t come out. This is the best book ever, in my opinion, because it's one of the first books my son had fun reading. Finally, he understands the joy of reading. He couldn't put it down. Now I'm on the search for more books like it.
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KEVIN SYLVESTER is an award winning illustrator, writer and broadcaster.

His new sci-fi series MiNRs is now out from Simon and Schuster. MINRs was named a 2017 Honour Red Maple and Manitoba Reader's Honour book and a 2015 CLA Honour Book. MINRs2 is out. MINRs3 will be released in 2018.

His series The Neil Flambé Capers is already a bestseller and critical success. Students across Ontario picked

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