Jumping Off the Planet by David Gerrold
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I've read this book twice now - finished it a few days ago for the second time. The first time was in the pre-Goodreads era, and my memories of the book were quite fond. I remember then thinking it was exciting, had a unique plot, had a great and interesting point of view, and predicted a future which seemed quite plausible. Thirteen years later, absence has not made the heart grow fonder. The story and plot are still interesting, but this time I caught some bitter overtones. It's a book working on two levels - one a science fiction adventure thriller, the other a family drama. The science fiction aspects were even more frighteningly plausible (and Gerrold is prescient); the end of the world as we know it is happening now. The family drama, though, that's what I didn't find as interesting this time around. I kept wondering if the author had some axes to grind, somewhere, and this was a mechanism in which to grind them down to a fine point, particularly about child support and divorce. The teen point of view mostly still feels authentic though. If I loved this book 13 years ago, I still like it - but just not as much.
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