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4.75  ·  Rating details ·  16 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Lost Helix is the key…

Stuck on an asteroid mining facility, DJ dreams of writing music. His dad is a corporate hacker and his best friend Paul intends to escape to become a settler in a planet-wide land rush, but neither interests DJ.

When his dad goes missing, DJ finds a file containing evidence of a secret war of industrial sabotage, a file encrypted by his dad using DJ's
Paperback, 268 pages
Published June 2nd 2020 by Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C.
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Gordon Long
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing

This novel is pretty much a model of what YA Space Opera should be: a bit melodramatic, a bit realistic, a bit magical, and very escapist.

It has a nicely complex conflict, with DJ and Paul trying to escape the repressive, corporate-focused mining colony that restricts their lives and at the same time find DJ’s father, missing on a mysterious and possibly deadly mission. Meanwhile Derek, DJ’s father, is on a similar undertaking with less distinct objectives, and the two paths weave cleverly aroun
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great sunny afternoon book, the space opera following DJ and his friend Paul escape a mining colony and go in search of DJ's family and a new life. A well built scifi world, great bad guys, overall a great read. ...more
Arthur Swan
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Need an escape from the Covid-lock-down? Lost Helix delivers. A space adventure with a tragic backstory. Imbued with Coon’s fun sense humor—I especially enjoyed Coreman and Hochstein—the pages click right by in rhythm with DJ’s special guitar.
Janet Wertman
Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
I received an advance copy from the publisher a while back - glad I did. I was in the mood for a YA read and saw someone's review calling this a "great light space opera" - and that is what this was. Very much enjoyed - good characters, good pacing, and great descriptions... ...more
Alex Cavanaugh
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very enjoyable! I liked the music angle and the pacing was perfect. So many characters to root for and the author wrapped it up great.
Lina Suitopii
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book has a witty plot. DJ's search for his father really becomes an interesting adventure. The characters had fascinating and admirable personality traits. It was a great read, fast paced and easy to follow.
I highly recommend it for adults and young adults.
John Mathews
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You won't regret picking up a copy of Lost Helix. It's a fun read that goes by faster than you would like, with intriguing details and "what ifs" about the future. It's basically a space mystery with guitars, industrial sabotage, and family drama! Scott Coon has a knack for world-building and character development, so if you're looking for an escape to another world (especially now if your whole world is your home during this pandemic!) pick up a copy. ...more
Sherry Ellis
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
DJ is the son of a programmer/computer hacker living on a spaceship and working for a corrupt mining corporation that has taken on the role of the government. Mystery has always surrounded DJ's dad and his personal life. DJ is trying to get to the truth. What exactly does his dad do? Who is his mother? And why are the corporate executives trying to get his guitar?

Lost Helix is a coming of age story set in a futuristic society. The cat and mouse games DJ and his friends have to play to avoid the
L.G. Keltner
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lost Helix is an intelligent and exciting thrill ride of a novel. It contains a cast of characters that readers will care about and root for until the end.

From the outset, it’s clear that life in Stone River is bleak and offers little in the way of choices. The mining corporations rule the lives of all who work for them. D.J. Fletcher is almost eighteen and is facing a life of working for Black Mountain. He lives with his father, who is constantly away working a job that D.J. knows almost nothin
Lynda Young
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lost Helix is an engaging light scifi story set in an interesting world with a healthy serving of grit. It’s not the sanitized idealistic world of a “better future” where we humans have supposedly evolved. Nope, this has corporate greed, space pirates, intrigue, adventure, and plenty of conflict.

I enjoyed the rocky relationship between father and son and I liked that I got to see both point of views. Paul, the sidekick of the story and best friend of the main character, DJ, stole the show for m
Damir Salkovic
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
I prefer my science fiction with a gritty, dystopian bent, and generally steer clear of both YA and space opera. This may be why I found Lost Helix such a refreshing change of pace. The novel's optimistic, feel-good tone does not detract from the tight plotting and great characterization in the slightest.

What can inspire a peril-filled, heroic journey in a world where corporations own their employees and provide for all their needs, gravity can be turned on and off more or less at will, and trav
Jennifer Shepard
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I read from this autor and let me tell you that I loved it! Such a good book
with great characters that keeps you obsessed with every page since the first one. The ending of this book.. come on! I just didn´t expect it! Can´t wait for book 2! Amazing job! definitely a must read!. 5/5 A fantastic story that has it all!

the space opera following DJ and his friend Paul escape a mining colony and go in search of DJ's family and a new life. A well built scifi world, great bad guy
Scott Coon
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I wrote this so...It's awesome! :^) ...more
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Scott Coon is an award-winning short story writer and former U.S. Army Intelligence Analyst.

Scott served for six years, rising to the rank of Sergeant. His service including a tour in Kuwait where he received a First Army Combat Patch and the Joint Service Achievement Award. Now a software developer for a major bank, Scott brings his computer and military experience into his work, along with a se

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“Black Mountain had done that. A faceless entity, imaginary but powerful—it was no one and everyone. It had ripped through his life quickly and thoroughly. The company forced DJ to run without any thought of direction other than away. And there was no going back.” 0 likes
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