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Outward Bound

(Jupiter #6)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  108 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Fifteen-year-old Linc Marani is from the wrong side of twenty-second century L.A.'s tracks. Everyone he knows is addicted to dope, booze, and the violence that masquerades as bravado in life on the streets. When a chance at some cold hard cash is offered to him by a slick associate in a fancy Cadillac, Linc jumps at the bait, only to find himself sentenced to a juvenile la ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published February 15th 2000 by Tor Science Fiction (first published January 1st 1999)
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Sean Randall
Jan 01, 2018 rated it liked it
A pleasure to find a Hogan I haven't read, they're a dying breed. This was interesting, he's not known for his coming of age stories. Whilst this worked, I do think it lacked something in tone of some of the other novels he's pushed out. I can't argue that I didn't enjoy it, but equally I don't think it's one I'd pick up again without compelling cause. ...more
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Hogan, James P. Outward Bound. Jupiter No. 6. Tor, 2010.
Outward Bound is the last of a series of Young Adult novels begun by Charles Sheffield and Jerry Pournelle in the late ‘90s. The series aimed to recapture the freshness of the Young Adult novels written by Asimov and Heinlein. But Sheffield died in 2002, and by the time Hogan, once an original hard science fiction writer, was brought on to finish the series, the energy was not there. Hogan cranks out the formula plot in which a kid with gum
Robert Smith
May 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
A pleasant enough near future book with a nice premise: in the outer solar system people are valued for their skills and courage not their money or standing. The protagonist starts life in the inner city doing poorly and is rescued, given the chance to make his own choices and succeed or not.

Without too many spoilers, I think I have to leave it there. There's lots of redemption for everybody important in the book. Lots of hopeful future planning. Some interpersonal conflict but no interference b
Ed Whittle
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great Young Adult Sci_Fi
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you enjoy RAH’s juveniles, you will like Outward Bound. It’s a bit slow and tedious at times but enjoyable nonetheless.
Jun 16, 2013 rated it liked it
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Schmeck. This is one of those bks that has ZILCH originality to the writing. As such, despite my liking aspects of the plot, I found it a very monotonous read. This virtually pukes w/ taught writing. AND it's a "JupiterTM" [imagine "TM" in superscript] novel - Jupiter's trademarked. Trademark my dick, why doncha?!

The basic story's about a gangster kid repurposing his life for outer-space, discovering a more positive side to
May 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read the book, Outward Bound, By James P. Hogan for an English project. This book is an amazing futuristic space novel. This is the story of one Linc Marani and his journey through his rollercoaster of a life. The story starts with showing him as a convict and by the end he has become a hard working first class citizen. This is the marvelous story of his change and what he went through before it could happen. The slow influx of multiple minor characters and the great definition when applying d ...more
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Recommends it for: Brandon
Good YA book for boys. Had fascinating scientific information but a good story as well. Combining insight and emtions with action. Supposedly it's the Sixth in the Jupiter series written by this writer. ...more
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James Patrick Hogan was a British science fiction author.

Hogan was was raised in the Portobello Road area on the west side of London. After leaving school at the age of sixteen, he worked various odd jobs until, after receiving a scholarship, he began a five-year program at the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough covering the practical and theoretical sides of electrical, electronic, and m

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“Linc didn't know if it was his imagination, but the streets seemed to have gotten older and dirtier - more so, surely, then was possible in the time that had gone by. What he remembered as the center of where the action was, and where all of life happened had turned into tired and shabby remnants of an age that was running down.

Had the store fronts always been so grubby with their cloudy windows, half hearted displays, the paint around the doors dulled and peeling like the once-high hopes of some forgotten opening day long ago? Had trash always stunk like this, piled in alleys and strewn along the gutters?

Above it all, high-rental buildings that had once thrust proudly toward the sky crumbled silently amid the winds, the rain, and the corrosive fames eating into them. They had degenerated into cheap hotels and apartments while business fled the cities for manicured office parks by the interstates.

But the people no longer stopped to gaze at these buildings, in any case. The figures on the sidewalks hurried on, avoiding each other's eyes, enwrapped in their own isolation.

Even those who stood or walked together aimed words at each other from behind facades that had become so second nature that even they themselves now mistook them for the persons atrophying within.

A city of brooding shells, inhabited by beings who hid inside shells.”
“I can tap George at the deli. He owes me—"

Linc waved the rest aside with a shake of his head and peeled a fifty off a roll he produced from his belt.

"Say, are you sure? . . ."
But his father was already reaching for it. "I'll have it back for you by—"

"It doesn't matter. Keep it," Linc said curtly.

And he left before the taste in his mouth could get any worse.

Bad luck could happen to anybody, and anyone might be in need of a helping hand one day. But to have no pride. That was something else..”
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