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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; 1 edition (August 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061673048
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061673047
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 5.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,505,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr 9 Up–In this high-energy dystopian novel set on Mars, 16-year-old Durango and his crew of Regulators have been hired to protect a group of miners and their children from the cannibalistic Draeu, who are led by an evil, enigmatic queen in search of the miners' reputed treasure. The Regulators are vastly outnumbered, and this might be their last mission unless quick-witted Durango and his feisty lieutenant, Vienne, can come up with a plan. The spirited, sarcastic dialogue between them masks their growing feelings for each other, though there's no time to explore romance with the high-octane action going on around them. The story is more violent than many YA science-fiction novels; there's scarcely a moment between flying shrapnel, explosions, and bloody fistfights. The occasional lack of exposition on the unfamiliar Martian technology may stump some readers, but that tiny flaw is easily overcome by the appealing characters, sharp dialogue, and action-packed plot. Durango's tendency toward acting first and thinking later is tempered by his former chief, Mimi, now a symbiotic nano-implant in Durango's brain, who offers equal parts hilarious sarcasm and logical advice sprinkled with quotes from classical poetry and 20th-century pop culture. Science-fiction fans will cheer Durango on in his exploits and enjoy the twists in the novel's satisfying conclusion. Those clamoring for more of Durango, Vienne, and Mimi will find their hopes for a sequel bolstered when the trio set off at the novel's end for a mysterious outpost that seems perfect for another adventure.–Leah J. Sparks, formerly at Bowie Public Library, MDα(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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*Starred Review* Durango is the 16-year-old chief of a team of mercenaries who eke out a living on Mars by earning meager commissions for their dangerous work. Their current job, and the main thrust of this high-energy, action-filled, science-fiction romp, is to protect South Pole miners from the Dræu, a cannibalistic group who are after the miners' treasure. Two feisty women help Durango lead. Second-in-command Vienne and Durango care more for each other than either wants to admit, although there is little time for romance amid all the flying bullets and detonating bombs. Mimi, the other central woman and Durango's former chief, is now implanted in his brain as an artificial intelligence. The repartee between Durango and Mimi is particularly brilliant, but throughout the novel, the dialogue crackles with expertly delivered sarcastic wit and venom. If intelligent sophomoric humor exists, Gill is the master at creating it. The intriguing dystopian setting is a Mars purposely polluted by immigrants from Earth. Readers will have a hard time turning the pages fast enough as the body count rises to the climactic, satisfying ending, which will leave new fans hopeful for more adventures. Grades 8-11. --Cindy Dobrez

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All this very well written with good characters.
Margaret Bakalarz
With young adult fantasy so popular right now, it was refreshing to read such a solid science fiction novel geared towards teens.
Be ready for the Brit or Aussie words for things, like petrol and chunder, but it was not bad and not hard to understand.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Prather TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Black Hole Sun is classic shoot em up sci fi at it's best! You get an evil queen, cannibalistic bad guys, oppressed masses, corrupt politicians, and a crew of misfits and left behinds to ride in and save the day. Plunk all that down on the planet Mars, mix it up with some very interesting science and you have a great story that will keep you turning the pages long into the night. It took me about the first 100 pages or so to get comfortable with the setting, the characters and the back-story. That might seem like a long time, but the author does an expert job of presenting all the information in a way that keeps the reader engaged. The dialogue is excellent, the pacing is perfect and the ending is non-stop action.

The characters here are well developed and engaging. Durango is quite the hero. He struggles with moral dilemmas, knows his own fallibility and still manages to be one tough dude. Vienne is excellent as his second, and the supporting characters of miners and bad guys are all memorable. I truly hope this becomes a series. Durango and Vienne make quite a duo and I am eager to learn what kind of trouble they get into next and also where their relationship might be headed. This is a solid recommend for teens grade 8 and up. There's quite a bit of violence and death. Fans of the Hunger Games will find much to like here, although this one is a bit more hard core sci-fi. Very well written.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By C. Aleo on May 24, 2012
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I had high hopes for David Macinnis Gill's Black Hole Sun. It was a combination dystopian/sci-fi; it was young-adult; and it came highly recommended with a five-star rating by a friend whose opinion I trust. Unfortunately, it fell far short of the mark.

The premise of the book starts off fairly well: mercenary Durango and his team of rag-tag misfits accept a mission for far below their usual pay to defend a mining outpost on Mars from a band of cannibals who demand children of the miners. Of course, it takes several chapters to get to this point, because we have to meet Durango during his previous mission, where he rescues a moneyed girl and her brother in a convoluted side plot (view spoiler).

Another reviewer on Goodreads suggested that the plot (and the main character, and the Chinese and Japanese epithets) were borrowed heavily from Joss Whedon's Firefly series, and I'd agree. With another helping of child soldiers trained in battle academy from Ender's Game, an artificial intelligence aiding and abetting the main character from William Gibson's Count Zero, and the oddly-painted artistocracy a cross between Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games Capitol and Gibson's Idoru. I'm willing to bet there are others I've missed.

In other words, you'll feel a lot like you've read this one before.

While there are moments when the story shines, so much of it feels derivative of other, better-known sci-fi novels, and the teens in the book feel so much older than their alleged 17 years, that it ultimately fails as both a young adult novel as well as a sci-fi novel. Most sci-fi fans will have read the books (and seen the series), and I'm not sure younger readers will connect with these preternaturally aged characters. Even Ender was, at heart, at child. Durango is a middle-aged man before his time.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S.E. Smith on November 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This was a terrific novel filled with wit, sharp dialogue, and an imaginative premise. Durango, Mimi, and the rest of the davos are characters, not unlike the Firefly crew, I would very much like to meet again. The queen, in particular, was delightfully, maniacally, homicidally psychotic. I enjoyed her more than any other villain I've read in quite some time.

Gill's Mars was intriguing, a unique culture that I can easily see as an extension and believable amalgamation of our own. The exploration of individual values versus established Tenets, between what's acceptable, accepted, and exceptional principles, provided a tense setup internally as Durango searched for balance in what it means to be a leader.

I appreciated the first half of the book for its crisply written, fairly straightforward, uncomplicated plot which was enhanced by a manageable and memorable cast. The second half though... suddenly exploded with subplots and flashbacks and extraneous plot devices that left me scratching my head on more than one occasion. I wondered if I had missed not only a couple of chapters but an entire prequel. Some incidents were random, like the little girl who magically appeared in the middle of a battle scene wanting to play with Jenkins. The rugrat was charming, yes, but heretofore un-introduced and never seen again thereafter. The beginning of several plot lines seemed to have been left on the cutting room floor.

The author seemed to take a bit of a scattershot perspective as he attempted the unenviable task of worldbuilding on an alien planet and establishing the foundation for sequels while sacrificing some of the momentum and background necessary for this book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By WEN OU on May 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover
said Durango, the protagonist, on page 5 of David Macinnis Gill's action-packed novel, Black Hole Sun. And whew, when I say action-packed, I mean literally action-packed. The whole reason I chose to read this novel was because when I opened the first page some Draeu killed 2 girls with head-shots from their sniper rifles. Throughout the book, you encounter humor and action so many times that you're out of breath by the time you reach the end of the novel. For example, at one part, Durango says "I'm ready for drop. On my mark, in thr-" to which Mimi, basically a computerized voice inside Durango, replies "Your mark calculations are incorrect," (Gill 8). She then makes Durango press the lock to open the hatch and make Durango experience a thrilling dive of 961 kilometers per hour. Right there, it's basically humor followed by action. Even after the fall there's a joke.

Other than the action and the humor, though, the rest of the book is fairly lackluster. There's not too much characterization. All of the characters don't exactly have a past. Only Durango has a decent history, but even then, it's lacking. If the author explained Durango's dad (and mom, she's never mentioned) and Mimi a lot more, it would add so much more to the book. Mimi, while I love her sarcasm and humor, has a past that just seems randomly thrown into the book just to make her have a past. Also, the plot twists are really...lame. All I can say were that the plot twists were done "last-minute." I believe that the plot twist wasn't planned in advance by the author. I'm pretty sure that when the author reached that part of the book, he was like "Hey, it'll be a great idea if I do this!" There were two plot twists, and both times they seemed hastily done. The plot and characterization could have been much better.
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