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3.67  ·  Rating details ·  505 ratings  ·  55 reviews
The Lotus Caves by Samuel Youd (under the pseudonym of John Christopher), is a science-fiction novel first published in 1969. The story revolved around two teenage boys who live in a colony on the Moon. The year is 2068 and the colony live inside The Bubble, a large dome that composes their entire world. The two teenage boys, Marty and Steve, grow bored and they decide to ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published August 1st 1971 by MacMillan Publishing Company (first published 1969)
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Valerie I have the 1969 edition, but I haven't seen any other edition. If there was an edition published in 2014, it's likely that the author was not involved…moreI have the 1969 edition, but I haven't seen any other edition. If there was an edition published in 2014, it's likely that the author was not involved in any edits, since he died in 2012.(less)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The lotus caves, John Christopher
The Lotus Caves is a juvenile science fiction novel by John Christopher, first published in 1969. Two teenage boys, Marty and Steve, live in a colony on the Moon, "The Bubble", in the year 2068. Exploring outside the dome of "The Bubble" is strictly controlled. The boys grow bored and decide to borrow a lunar vehicle. They discover someone has forgot to remove their key, which makes it possible for them to explore beyond proscribed boundaries without restri
I love John Christopher's Death of Grass, I love the interesting creative TV brain of Bryan Fuller, Fuller taking a John Christopher novel and turning it in to a TV movie for SyFy seemed like a match made in heaven (apart from it being for SyFY of course), the movie was High Moon and the novel was this cute little Puffin I've had on my shelf for the last few years. The movie turned out to be horrible, the book not so much.

First off, It's important to know that Lotus Caves is a 60s YA
.??? 70s: read this first when i was a kid, already a dated paperback, revisited several times growing up, then just again- i was first attracted by the cover (still am), i remember it fondly, i think of it as an animated film with a boy and a girl, rather than two boys, and set on mars rather than the moon... this is definitely a five influenced by sentiment, yes, but this story remains to summon that childhood dream of other worlds, of space, of aliens, as can best be rendered in a young adult ...more
Bob Redmond
The author of the "Tripods Trilogy" was one of my favorite authors as a kid. This book is not as gripping as the others, but manages to tell a decent narrative about a future world on the moon. Adolescents (and Ayn Rand fans) will probably find weight to the central question of personal responsibility: two friends start a runaway caper that turns serious, when they get trapped by a benevolent dictator in the form of a Plant. It could be a veiled story about LSD, but the subtext is too flat to go ...more
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cool! Very interesting, imaginative sci fi story that held my interest from cover to cover. Easy, enjoyable read.
This is the 1971 (Collier edition) reprinting of the 1969 edition, the one I have. The dedication is: "To Julia for the spark that broke the logjam".

The basic premise is that two bored Lunar colonists (teenage boys born on the Moon while their parents were working on a long-term contract) go on what amounts to a joyride. In the process, they encounter evidence (a fragment of a journal) which suggests that a colonist at First Station (since abandoned, because the colony moved to the l
D.M. Dutcher
Marty is a bright boy who lives in the Bubble colony on the Moon. He becomes friends with Steve, a prankster and iconoclast who convinces him one day to take an unoccupied crawler out on the Moon's surface to explore first station. Once there they find a journal of one of the first explorers. One that details a sighting of a plant. The boys go off in search of it, and fall through the surface, into the cavern of a giant Plant. Can they get back home?

This book heavily weighed on me as
Sep 07, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I imagine The Lotus Caves by John Christopher The Lotus Caves by John Christopher would be classified as Young Adult now, but either way it's an interesting little SciFi story. It features Marty and Steve, two teenagers who have grown up on the Moon in the Earth settlement there. Marty's best friend has been recently sent back to Earth for school, so Marty begins to hang out with Steve, an orphan.
They get in trouble for a prank they perform in the Bubble, where the colony resides and then decide to take a Crawler out to explore one of the ear
D.C. Sheehan
Dec 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
John Christopher is a superb writer but for me this is his strongest work. The story is beautifully told, from the boredom of the boys early on in the tale to the horror realisation of the truth of the 'caves'. Even now, over 30 years since I last read the book, I can still remember my shock at the 'reveal'.

The only thing I've never loved about this book is the title, which has always struck me as a little clumsy. Perhaps it's just that word 'Caves'. For years I've accidentally refer
Aug 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-read, kindle
This book was put on my radar after watching the failed Bryan Fuller pilot a few years ago, and although book and TV show differed in striking ways, I found both super compelling. It's a really nuanced look at the nature of free will in a fantastic setting. I hope it gets rediscovered.
Rhiannon Hart
Dec 03, 2009 rated it liked it
Marty was born on the Moon, in the Bubble. His knowledge of Earth comes from documentaries and history classes at school. Life in the Bubble is defined by limitations: on resources, on space. When Marty's best friend is sent to Earth unexpectedly, he befriends the loner, Steve, and the two begin to cause mischief to alleviate their boredom. Finding a key left in a crawler by mistake, they take the vehicle out onto the surface of the Moon. Their journey becomes more than idle exploration when the ...more
Mar 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A not-atypical late 60s sci-fi novel aimed at early adolescents. Two mid-21st century residents of a moon colony steal a "crawler", go exploring outside their dome and stumble upon on huge carbon-based lifeform ecosystem under the moon's surface. A series of almost magical caverns prove to be a unified Gaia-like plant with the intelligence and the will to turn its dependents into worshippers.
As with much science fiction, the technological advances are noticeably uneven - the moon has been
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It started out the way you'd expect a 60's or 70's scifi novel to start, some inaccuracy and cheesy language. But this book really surprised me with its characterisations and fun plotline, I wish it was longer!
Interesting story, I dudnt really like the ending and felt there could have been much more to it..
It's just ok for me.
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-library, sci-fi
Not as good as the Tripods Trilogy by the same author.
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is more of a tale than a review... About 33 years ago I borrowed a book from my senior school library. I did not manage to read much before I had to hand it back and I felt the story had been about to reveal something wonderful. I thought I would get it out again or buy it but I forgot the name of the book and author so all seemed lost. Over the years I thought about it often and wished I could find it again. When the internet became a thing I started to search on the only bits I could reme ...more
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good novel for middle-grade readers! This was another one of my dad's suggestions. It was a classic for hum because it was one of the books he remembers reading as a pre-teen. I enjoyed the idea of having people living on the moon and seeing what that experience might be like; the loneliness that would accompany a 25 year service period on the moon and missing all of the things we take for granted that come with living on a planet that produces so much light. Some things that I couldn't get arou ...more
Mads Kamp
John Christopher accomplishes the nice little feat of scratching my pulp-itch, nicely.
The Lotus Caves is, however, not his best work. It manages to dish out some nice points about humanity and other valuable things, but it lacks a lot in the science department, sadly. And the characters are a bit bland.
Troy Lefman
Classic scifi. Standalone story about life on the moon where anything can happen.
Shushellie Atoyan
Love this one👌
Oct 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solid, old school sci fi. Limited female characters to the role of mother.
Di Reyliner
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pensive and almost poetic; with children exploring "magical woods", but on the moon! The Lotus Caves is a gem buried under space dust.

I read this book as a child, and I choose to re-read it to see if it matched the memory I have of it. It appears that I merged this book and Sleepers, Wake by Paul Samuel Jacobs in my memory. (See LJ for a description of the blended memory.)

As for this book, two boys are living with their families on a Bubble colony on the moon. Travel between the Earth and the moon is prohibitive enough that when you sign on to live in the Bubble, you sign on for 20 year periods. The boys were born in the bubble, ne
Feb 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Children starting out with science fiction.
I can remember reading this as a kid, after I'd finished the Tripods Trilogy. This was only other John Christopher book in my elementary school library and I'd hoped to find an adventure just gripping as the Tripods. I remember being a bit disappointed. It was good story, but I really wish I'd read it first, because it just didn't hold up next to the Christopher books I had previously read.
Marius S
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
Although often vague on the advanced technology descriptions and time period (which may have been indistinct on purpose), The Lotus Caves is a diverting read.

Aside from the mentions of evolution, and some faintly rebellious acts on the part of our main characters, I enjoyed it. Marty's fears, hopes, and general thoughts are relatable; therefore making him a realistic, well-presented character. And, even though she's a flat, static character, I found Marty's mom rather relatable as well.
Feb 29, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
This is another novel aimed at the young teenage reader. Although not as gripping as the Tripod Trilogy I did enjoy it at an early age. Unfortunately its simplicity didn't hold up when re-read in my late 30's. It addresses many issues that young teenagers will face and in that sense, I am sure that is the primary appeal to the young sci-fi reader.

Plot ***Spoilers***
Two teenage boys, Marty and Steve, live in a colony on the Moon, "The Bubble", in the year 2068.
G. Brown
May 23, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I bought this book used because it had a really cool cover. Not the edition shown above--WAY COOLER.

At the time I purchased it, I didn't realize it was for young audiences. I thought it looked like something inspired by psychedelic drugs. It was published in 1969, so that was a fair guess.

I really enjoyed reading this. It took me back to
Renee Hall
I hadn't read anything else of Christopher's besides the Tripods books, so when I ran across this one at a discount book sale I picked it up. I liked the setup and the concept, and the story had me excited to see how the characters would manage to get themselves out of their situation (and what the price of that escape might be)... but then the climax fizzled completely. I kept waiting for a setback or a major complication that just didn't happen, and that made the whole thing fall flat for me. ...more
Sep 22, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young readers ; anyone
I read this one as a kid years and years ago. It was one of the first books I read that really got me hooked on Sci-Fi. It's set in the future on a lunar colony. The main characters stumble onto some extensive underground caves on the moon that are the home of a large alien plant 'community'. Some of the plants are intelligent and semi-intelligent. They appear to have reached the moon via the process of 'panspermia', i.e., a seed or collections of seeds of some sort traveling through space befor ...more
May 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent story. Yes, it is pared down for "juvenile reading," but that doesn't mean "idiotized" or something. This is an intensely woven story that contains a great depth of emotional development in the characters. Also, though told "simply," the exploration and discovery factor is high. The usage of historical/literary referents perfectly complements the story.

Recommended to all young readers - before they become jaded, insensitive, and wild. Recommended to a adults who remember
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Sam Youd was born in Huyton, Lancashire in April 1922, during an unseasonable snowstorm.

As a boy, he was devoted to the newly emergent genre of science-fiction: ‘In the early thirties,’ he later wrote, ‘we knew just enough about the solar system for its possibilities to be a magnet to the imagination.’

Over the following decades, his imagination flowed from science-fiction i