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Apollo's Outcasts Hardcover – November 6, 2012
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"[S]pectacular settings.... nothing beats learning what it's like to walk around the Moon and how the Earth appears from there.... [T]his is for anyone who's gazed longingly upward."
"Steele combines the science fiction of Robert Heinlein with modern technical knowledge and political thriller sensibilities to create a novel that should have wide appeal."
-School Library Journal
"[C]an easily rank with Heinlein's best juveniles. Indeed, it reads like one of them… if it had been updated for modern science and modern sensibilities (unlike Heinlein's young heroes, Steele's recognize the existence of females, and their potential interest)…. [A]n excellent introduction to science fiction novels for the young adult reader, and also an excellent introduction to Steele's own, extended (more adult) tales of the near-future… Highly recommended."
"The idea of teenagers on the moon seemed too good to be true as I've read other books about similar topics and they always disappointed, but not Apollo's Outcasts. I'd recommend it for anyone who loves space travel, political stories, or has a love for science fiction in general."
-Night Owl Reviews
"[A] book for young adults about living on the Moon that gets the science right and that includes an engrossing, well-crafted story....The Apollo lunar base is totally believable....The way it is handled in this book ties up all the loose ends of the story yet leaves open the possibility for more adventures set in this future world. I sure hope there are more because I can't wait to get back to Apollo!"
-National Space Society
"[A] charming Young Adult novel that should go down well with readers on the younger end of the YA scale as well as older science fiction fans in the mood for a nostalgic trip back to their own Golden Age of SF."
"Steele writes nice sci-fi action and intrigue.... The book is really great if you're just in the mood for some not-super-hard sci-fi, something there's just not enough of in YA these days."
-Forever Young Adult
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Jamey arrives in the lunar mining colony Apollo with five other refugees, including his kid sister and a young woman who seems to be more than she appears. At first it's a challenge to start a new life in an unfamiliar environment, but thanks to the lower lunar gravity, Jamey can now walk independently for the first time in his life, so despite everything he flourishes and finds himself taking on new challenges. Meanwhile, tensions on Earth continue to rise, and the lunar colony soon becomes the world's focus as the new U.S. President sets her sights on the Moon's crucial He3 reserves...
Apollo's Outcasts by Allen Steele is a charming Young Adult novel that should go down well with readers on the younger end of the YA scale as well as older science fiction fans in the mood for a nostalgic trip back to their own Golden Age of SF. Anyone who doesn't fall in one of those two categories may end up disappointed because the novel's plot and characterization are so straightforward and basic that it borders on the pedestrian, but for the right reader this book will be a blast.
Jamey is a great YA protagonist: a disabled teenager, woken up in the middle of the night and immediately cast in an unfamiliar situation.Read more ›
I'm going to be donating my copy to the local library. If you don't have an adolescent who needs to be lured away from vid-games why not buy a copy for yourself and then donate it to YOUR public library.
No surprise--the novel is terrific, as usual. APOLLO'S OUTCASTS has been compared to Heinlein's young adult books. This is pretty high praise, but it is well deserved. Reading OUTCASTS, a tale of teenagers who barely escape capture to become political exiles on the moon, brought back my own youth (a long time ago) when I first became addicted to science fiction by reading SPACE CADET, PODKAYNE OF MARS and others before graduating to STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND. My 11-year-old niece will find APOLLO'S OUTCASTS in her Christmas stocking this year, and when my grandchildren are old enough, they will be reading it, too. I am counting on Allen Steele to make them science fiction addicts like me.
In this novel, Jamey Barlowe is the son of Stan and Connie. He is a loonie, conceived on Earth, but taken to the Moon before anyone knew his mother was pregnant. Now he suffers from Lunar Birth Deficiency Syndrome.
Jan Barlowe is Jamey's oldest sister. She is attending college at a local school so she can to tend to Jamey.
Melissa Barlowe is Jamey's next oldest sister. She is called Meemee for good reasons.
In this story, Jamey is awakened before dawn by his father. He is told to get dressed and pack a carryon bag. Jan is waking Melissa.
Melissa refuses to get up. Jan turns on the light, so Melissa puts the pillow over her eyes. Then Jan issues an order that Melissa cannot refuse.
Their father drives the family to Wallops Island. On the way, they hear an announcement that the President is dead. The Vice-President is sworn into that office.
They enter the ISC spaceport on the island and drive to the terminal. They get out of the van and meet three other ISC families. Then their father tells them the new President has him and other ISC employees on her black list. So they are sending their children into orbit.
They start to enter the building, but pause as a limo enters the employee lot. A teenaged girl gets out of the limo. Her escorts have a discussion with the parents and other ISC employees.
The ISC shuttle only has six seats available. The new girl would be the seventh passenger, so someone has to stay behind.Read more ›
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Good read, probably for youngsters (so there is much skew on 17 years old rescuing the world) , but as adult I also liked it :)
There is some action, plot is quite... Read more
3 1/2 stars, well written in the usual Allen Steele form, but definitely a YA book. A little simpler delivery than Steele's adult reads. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kitchen Queen
Many will probably like this book, I just didn't. I didn't like the main character so I didn't really care about what happened. Read morePublished 11 months ago by JMi
I thought it was a good read and a good story, just not as good as other things Steele has done.Published on November 3, 2013 by James R. Rivera
After a power thirsty vice-president gets the steering wheel of US, a group of teenagers is forced to escape from Earth to a spatial base in the moon, which is controlled by an... Read morePublished on September 19, 2013 by Alie Brown
The author was one of my best friends in college. I enjoy reading his books. Sci fi is wicked cool.Published on July 22, 2013 by Banjobecky
Allen Steele has turned out a marvelous YA SF novel called Apollo's Outcasts that reads like a modern-day Robert A. Heinlein. Read morePublished on June 15, 2013 by Mel Odom
Allen Steele is SF master of my generation. Gritty and all to human vision of the near future of private space flight. Read morePublished on April 19, 2013 by T. Sullivan
I guess I'm a sucker for hard science fiction adventure stories like Apollo's Outcasts. While it's intended for younger readers, most older science fiction fans should have a good... Read morePublished on April 11, 2013 by S. Crouch