In the sequel to "Jumping Off The Planet", thirteen-year-old Chigger, his older brother Douglas, and his younger brother Bobby have divorced their parents and are free to go where they want. Earth is falling apart, so where will they go? The decision is made for them when powerful groups on Earth, the Moon, and the "Line" connecting the two begin to chase the boys for the intelligence engine hidden in the back of Bobby's toy monkey. The boys follow the crazy Loonie smuggler Alexei across the empty,airless moon trying to escape. During the long and dangerous escape, Chigger learns a little more about life, people, and what's really important. "Jumping Off The Planet", "Bouncing Off The Moon", and "Leaping To Stars" are three of the best scifi books available. A great trilogy!
This report prepared by Megan S.
Tor, Apr 2001, 22.95, 288 pp.
Charles “Chigger” Dingillian and his two brothers Douglas “Weird” and Bobby “Stinky” could no longer stand the unending war between their parents. So when their father tries to pull some sort of outer space smuggling scam, Chigger decides it is time for a divorce. His passionate angry plea to Judge Griffin grants the thirteen-year-old his request. Weird being eighteen was declared and adult by the Judge. Though younger than his siblings, Griffin leaves Stinky with his siblings.
With the earth in chaos, the three lads go off-planet. However, soon the universe gives chase because Stinky's robotic monkey given as a present during the parental tribulations turns out to contain a computer worth trillions in present day money. So the adventure begins with the lives of the Dingillian boys at stake.
BOUNCING THE MOON is science fiction at its best. So what else would a genre fan expect from David “Tribbles” Gerrold. The story line is amusing with serious undertones. The drama feels realistic, as enemy and friend seem interchangeable to Chigger. The three lads are fully developed and likable as they live up to their nicknames. Alas poor Mr. Gerrold has a galaxy-wide problem because the audience will demand more epic adventures starring Chigger, Weird, and Stinky.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner