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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Charon's Ark - Rick Gauger

A little background on this one: back when I was in middle school, my older brother got this book for Christmas (I’m guessing when it was new, and probably on display in the bookstore so it caught someone’s eye).    It was still laying out later that day, and I read the first couple of chapters.    And then, it disappeared.   (Probably because ew my little sister was messing with my things…)   I’d only gotten as far as the beginning of the kidnapping, and I really wanted to know what happened.    To the point where I would actually think about it every once in a while.     And one of those times, I had the computer on, so I checked Bookmooch, and lo and behold, someone actually had it.    So I’ve finally been able to find out what happened.

In a nutshell, a group of high school students are on a plane for a school trip when the plane is taken by an alien spaceship, and brought to Pluto’s moon Charon.     Turns out Charon is also a spaceship, a kind of space ark, and the aliens that run the ship have preserved dinosaurs there.

The meat of this story if figuring out who the aliens are, and why they need these kids to help them.    I kind of wish I had been able to read this when I was still young, as there was a bunch of school drama going on there I would have enjoyed on a different level than reading it today.   It was also a fun little nostalgia trip – it was written in the late 80s, so technology levels certainly weren’t up to what they are today.

All in all, I’m glad I tracked this down, but I’m also glad I didn’t pay that much for it.    Definitely more of a fun popcorn book.

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