Monday, June 3, 2013

Tour Stop | Crescent by Homer Hickam

Crescent (Helium-3 #2)
by Homer Hickam
Release Date: 06/2013
Publisher: Thomas Nelson

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Summary from Goodreads

They said she wasn’t human. They were wrong.

A seemingly endless war against the insurgent Crowhoppers keeps the people of Moontown fighting when they’d rather be mining valuable Helium-3. Crater Trueblood’s valiant efforts against the genetically-manipulated beings weighs heavily on his mind. What is he really fighting for?

In the midst of a deadly battle, Crater captures an enemy Crowhopper. But this one he refuses to kill. “It” is genetically more human than not and its gender seems to be female. She calls herself Crescent.

Crater takes her to Moontown as a prisoner of war, but treats her kindly. However, at the hands of Moontown residents Crescent experiences prejudice and even cruelty.

Soon Crescent is imprisoned for a murder she didn’t commit. Crater comes to her aid, and the two become fugitives, escaping into the vast expanse of hostile terrain called “the big suck.” For Crater, it turns out the cause most worth fighting for may be right by his side.

Character Profile: Crater Trueblood 

Crater Trueblood
Age: 19 years old (16 at the the beginning of the series)

Background: Crater Trueblood was born in Armstrong City, Luna (often called the moon by Earthians), in 2112. His mother died shortly after giving Crater birth due to injuries received in the crash of a moonlander which also killed his father.

Crater was given to a married couple who journeyed across the moon to Moontown to work as miners on the Helium-3 scrapes. After both adoptive parents were killed in mining accidents, Crater became the ward of Q-Bess, the operator of Moontown's Dust Palace Hotel.

The day after his 12th birthday, Crater began work on the scrapes as a scragline picker.

Attributes: • Superb jumpcar pilot • Master mechanic • Excellent shovelball player • Combat veteran • Expert fastbug driver • Speaks over a dozen languages • Plays several musical instruments • Great singing voice • Studious • Brave • Gentle.

Weaknesses: Sometimes uncertain of himself and overly cautious.

Likes: • Maria Medaris, entrepreneur and granddaughter of Colonel Medaris, the richest man on the moon • Flying jumpcars • Racing fastbugs • Singing and playing a variety of instruments in his garage band

Dislikes: • War • Bullies • Crowhoppers • Thieves • Cheaters


First things first, THANK YOU Homer Hickam! Thank you for Crater, for Crescent, for Maria, Q-Bess and Gillie. The Helium-3 series is rich with great characters, fantastic landscapes, and a lot of history, science, and future.

Crescent is the sequel to Crater and is set three years after the first story. We continue to see the growth of Crater from happy to be where he’s at and eager to please into a young man who is more smart about the going’s on around him. Crater continues to forge his own path and this time it includes the captured Legionnaire, or crowhopper, Crescent. Choices are made and destinies set as life on the Moon continues, as does a war.

Mr. Hickam has created a wonderful world on the Moon with this series. His writing is fluid and laced with science, beauty, and humor. He is able to take aspirations of moon-inhabitation and craft a story that is believable and fantastic. The characters are well written, diverse, and full of life. Landscapes and technology are beautifully described and snippets of Earth’s history are given to the reader.

About the Author
Homer Hickam is the author of many best-selling books with his best known the acclaimed memoir Rocket Boys: A Memoir which was made into the award-winning film October Sky where he was portrayed by Jake Gyllenhaal.

Born and raised in the small mining town of Coalwood, West Virginia, Homer is a graduate of Virginia Tech, a Vietnam veteran, a scuba instructor, a paleontologist, and a former NASA engineer. He has won many literary awards including the Clarence Cason Journalism Award from the University of Alabama and an honorary doctorate in Literature from Marshall University.

Homer is on Facebook at and maintains an extensive website at

Homer and his wife Linda and their five cats share their time between homes in Huntsville, Alabama and St. John of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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