|Plot Summary of Bouncing The Moon|
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.
Harriet Klausner, Resident Scholar
|"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! "
Megan S., Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Bouncing The Moon|
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Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 10%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 40%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 10%
Tone of book
- cynical or dry-wit
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- science fiction story
Coming of age
- an adult (general)
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- a teen
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Cynical sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
- an organization
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- a moderate amount
- an average amount
- Average intelligence
- Planet surface, need spacesuit
- Domed/Underground City
A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:
- humans in a futuristic society
Planet outside solar system?
- mostly 1st
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- a moderate amount of scientific explanation
- a lot of techical jargon
How much dialogue?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog