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Black Hole Sun Hardcover – August 24, 2010
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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.
*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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What happens doesn't really matter all that much. What does matter is that this is a character driven romp with a wise cracking, dedicated, leader named Durango, who leads a band of uber skilled, manically loyal Regulators who rope you in and make you feel a part of their band of brothers. You can't help but want to BE one of them. They're brash, they fist bump each other and scream their rebel yells in unison as they decimate their enemies. All the while, the snappy dialogue and sparse description keep you strapped in and along for the ride. If all that doesn't make you happy, Durango's secret love for one of his female fellow Regulators and his internal dialogue with the female computer in his brain show you a quality to the guy you can't help but love.
I picked up Dark Hole Sun for free and will gladly throw down a few bucks for the rest of the books in this series. It will be worth every penny.
But that’s just the beginning. The terraforming on Mars was never completed, and everyone except the elite who stopped all progress for their self-serving interests live in a polluted environment.
This is Durango’s world. Durango is a dalit, a warrior who did not sacrifice himself to death when his leader died. Forced from that point on to be a mercenary, he and his team find themselves defending an outpost mining camp against a swarm of Draeu.
This story will keep you on your toes as you weave in and out of the strange Martian cultures and begin unravel the hierarchy’s quest for power at the expense of the rest of humanity.
If you love science fiction as much as I do, you cannot help but agree that the story is very well done and deserves a full five stars.
It was expertly written, with some great words I don't see very often, along with futuristic lingo that's always fun. Unfortunately there were a few technical errors that can't be over looked but the story was so good it's hard to be too bothered with them.
Overall it was a great read and any futurist nerd, and Mass Effect player should love it! 4 stats!
I need to find the next book, though I have a feeling there isn't one, I'm sure that there will be one soon. Si-fi fans are sure to enjoy this book. And even if you're not into the si-fi stuff, you'll get a kick out of the drip-feed of comedy and romance.
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