Apollo's Outcasts by Allen Steele

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Jamey Barlowe has been crippled since childhood, the result of being born on the Moon. He lives his life in a wheelchair, only truly free when he is in the water. But then Jamey's father sends him, along with five other kids, back to the Moon to escape a political coup d'etat that has occurred overnight in the United States. Moreover, one of the other five refugees is more than she appears.

Their destination is the mining colony, Apollo. Jamey will have to learn a whole new way to live, one that entails walking for the first time in his life. It won't be easy and it won't be safe. But Jamey is determined to make it as a member of Lunar Search and Rescue, also known as the Rangers. This job is always risky, but could be even more dangerous if the new U.S. president makes good on her threat to launch a military invasion.

Soon Jamey is front and center in a political and military struggle stretching from the Earth to the Moon.


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About Allen Steele

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Allen Steele was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and received his B.A. in Communications from New England College and a Master's Degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri. He lives with his wife, Linda, in Whately, Massachusetts.
 
Published November 13, 2012 by Pyr. 317 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Jamey finds himself fighting propaganda campaigns and a lunar ground battle against the corrupt U.S. regime—all while getting accustomed to living on the moon, where, due to lower gravity, he can walk without his wheelchair for the first time.

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Hugo-winning SF author Steele offers a fast-paced adventure set in the late 21st-century, sending a handful of kids to the Moon in the wake of a political coup in America.

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I liked the setting, the way the colonists had to adapt their way of life to the hostile lunar world;

Nov 26 2012 | Read Full Review of Apollo's Outcasts

Fantasy Literature

Soon Jamey is front and center in a political and military struggle stretching from the Earth to the Moon.

Dec 14 2012 | Read Full Review of Apollo's Outcasts

Escape Pod

I’ve read a fair bit of YA in the past couple of years — The Hunger Games, Ship Breaker, Railsea — and in all three of those books the motivation of the villains was clear and present to me.

Oct 02 2012 | Read Full Review of Apollo's Outcasts

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Dad’s a high-up in the Government, but the President is dead and the Vice President is consolidating her power by claiming a conspiracy – including Jamey’s father – was responsible.

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