Apollo’s Outcasts by Allen Steele, Pyr Nov 2012 Hardcover, YA/adult science fiction, 305 pages. Also available as an e-book for Kindle
What a marvelous book! I’ll start off by directing you to another review, over on Carl Vincent’s fine blog Stainless Steel Droppings, of this book. I beg you, read his review before you go further with my few words. FIND IT HERE.
I hope you followed the link and read the review, because I’m going to refer to it in this brief addendum. So if you still haven’t read it, please do. It pretty much says everything I’d say in a longer, more thoughtful way than my humble blurting here.
I loved this book. My first thought when I finished it was “I’m sorry it’s over, sorry I finished it.” I could happily have read another 200 pages about these characters, this setting and environment, physical and political. There’s room here for a sequel, so I really, really hope Mr. Steele is working on one right now!
Carl’s review gives you all the plot overview you need, so I’ll skip that. This is ostensibly a YA novel, but it reads just fine as an adult level novel about teenage and adult characters. There are threats, challenges, politics, information about the near future and beyond, well thought out science. As the other review says, this book channels Robert Heinlein, but I’ll go further and say it’s also right in line with Arthur C. Clark’s books. Heinlein and Clarke? You really can’t go wrong with that!
I have some of Steele’s Coyote books on hand, but hadn’t gotten to them yet. You can bet I’ll soon remedy that, but what I want the most is a sequel to this one. Are you listening, Mr. Steele?