Jumping Off the Planet

Jumping Off the Planet

by David Gerrold

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Overview

A trip to the Moon? Sounds like the perfect family vacation. Only, for 13-year-old Charles "Chigger" Dingillian, life is anything but perfect.

His parents fight so much, they put the "dis" into dysfunctional. His brothers, Stinky and Weird, are impossible to get along with. And his neighborhood is a down-trodden tunnel community on Earth.

It’s supposed to be a short vacation—a trip up the Line, Earth’s space elevator, and then home again. Halfway there, Chigger hits on a plan: if his parents can't find a way to work things out, why not just divorce them? The idea sounds crazy . . . until it works.

But Chigger soon realizes he has much bigger problems: The people they meet on the Moon seem overly friendly and way too interested in his family. Suddenly, the quick pleasure trip takes a detour into danger as Chigger suspects they are targets of an interstellar manhunt. Their only hope may be to jump off the planet.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781948836876
Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
Publication date: 07/16/2019
Series: Far Side of the Sky , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 460,060
File size: 582 KB

About the Author

A Hugo and Nebula award winner, David Gerrold is the author of more than 50 books, several hundred articles and columns, and more than a dozen television episodes.

His books include When HARLIE Was One, The Man Who Folded Himself, The War Against the Chtorr septology, The Star Wolf trilogy, The Dingilliad young adult trilogy, and the award-winning autobiographical tale of his son’s adoption, The Martian Child. TV credits include episodes of Star Trek (“The Trouble With Tribbles,” “The Cloud Minders”), Star Trek Animated (“More Tribbles, More Troubles,” “Bem”), Babylon 5 (“Believers”), Twilight Zone (“A Day In Beaumont,” “A Saucer Of Loneliness”), Land of the Lost (“Cha-Ka,” “The Sleestak God,” “Hurricane,” “Possession,” “Circle”), Tales from the Darkside (“Levitation,” “If the Shoes Fit”), Logan’s Run (“Man Out of Time”), and more.

David Gerrold is a figment of his own imagination.

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Jumping off the Planet (Starsiders Trilogy Series #1) 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
colbud on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really liked the character development in the book--at least with the brothers. I found the parents unrealistic and never got a very clear idea of what the father was really like, so I didn't quite like the ending.Very imaginative near-future story, with a well-placed and subtle coming-out story mixed in (not the main character).I'm debating whether or not I'll read the second in this series or simple another of Gerrold's books.
amf0001 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Gerrold has created a perfectly feasible future, where cities are underground due to the heat and a new technology has allowed 'elevators' to the moon and beyond - upworld, with a schism starting between upworlders and downworlders. However the characters in this book were not people (or children) I particularly wanted to spend time with, even though they were well drawn and believable. Three children are torn between their parents bitter divorce and then their father takes them on an extended holiday which somehow ends at the elevator, and then going to the moon, much drama ensues. I didn't like the ending, which I felt was too harsh. I won't be reading the next in the series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Unusual and Absorbing, best-selling author David Gerrold has (once again) written a terrific page-turner. Full of rich characters, wry humor, and a staggering look at adolescence, JUMPING OFF THE PLANET is an exceptional story. Occurring over a landscape of time and space, Gerrold has created two of the most likeable characters in fiction. Easily one of the most memorable and enjoyable novels in years.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Thirteen-year-old Charles feels as if he and his brothers are possessions that his divorced parents battle over. His mother loathes his father because she believes her three progenies ruined her career as a singer. His father detests his mother for her infidelity. Now his mother wants to terminate her former spouse¿s visitation privileges. However, the court awards him custody of his children for one month each year. He takes Charles, Douglas, and Bobby to Mexico where they catch a train to Beanstalk City. There they ride an elevator that reaches beyond the atmosphere and serves as the jumping off point for the moon and other space colonies.

Initially, the Dingillian siblings think they are enjoying a family adventure, but the older two brothers (Charles and Douglas) soon believe their father plans to abduct the trio. Though a bit unsettled and frightened, they realize their father wants to make up for his past indiscretions and broken promises to them. However, they soon feel like pawns again when they learn their father is involved in a plot to change the world order. That latest betrayal shatters the sense of well being leading the boys down a course that will alter their lives forever.

Anyone who likes the works of Norton or Star Trek¿s ¿The Trouble with Tribbles¿ should immediately jump on JUMPING OFF THE PLANET. The tale is set in an alien, high tech environment, but deals with human problems caused by the divorce wars. David Gerrold has created a trio of memorable characters who deserve to continue as stars in an ongoing series. Anyone who enjoys a thought provoking science fiction tale will fully relish Mr. Gerrold¿s latest novel.

Harriet Klausner