I had high hopes, but was disappointed
Positives: A fair amount of action and suspense, along with mutant creatures and the fact that it takes place on the moon will make this story appeal to young boys.
Negatives: I must admit I am not a science fiction fan and maybe that is why I didn't enjoy the story that much. I chose this book as I thought it might be something my boys would enjoy, but I found it lacking. I could not get engaged in the story line. At times events were choppy and disconnected, it felt like the author didn't know how to develop the story or characters at a particular point so he killed them off. There were also many questions left unanswered. I know that this is the 1st installment in a trilogy, and maybe some of the questions will be resolved, but I still felt I needed more answers to continue to feed my interest. The whole plot of Crater being sent to retrieve a secret passage took a backseat until nearly the end of the story and then it became the focal point.
Talking Points: Crater Trueblood was a good, moral boy. He worked hard and tried to always do what he thought was right. Ask your children if this is them? Do they try to do what is right? Do they live by following their conscience? Do they think that this will get them to heaven? Although there is very little mention of anything religious or spiritual in this story I could not help but think about all the kids who grow up believing that if they try to do what is good they will go to heaven. Scripture tells us just the opposite! Please share the gospel with your children! Here are some basic points with Scriptures that they need to understand:
- God is Holy (Is. 6:1-3, Rev. 4:8, Matt. 5:48)
- People are Sinful (Eph. 2:1-3, Rom. 3:23, Rom. 5:12)
- There is a penalty for sin (Rom. 6:23, I Cor. 6:9-11, Rev. 20: 14-15)
- Jesus came to the earth, was crucified and rose again (Matt. 1:23, John 1:1-5, Phil. 2:5-11, Col. 1:15, Is. 53, Heb. 9:22, Mt. 27-28, Mark 15-16, Luke 23-24, John 19-20, I Cor. 15)
- We place our faith in Christ alone (John 20:30-31, Acts 4:12, Acts 16:30-33, Eph. 2:8-9, I Tim. 2:5)
Age Level: 9-13 years of age
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