Follow up to The Precipice, this one picks up after Dan Randolph's death as many are racing to the asteroid belt to claim the riches that it entails. Many familiar characters from the previous novel return as Martin Humphries continues his evil ways to prevent anyone but him from gathering the resources everyone so covets. It is debatable what Humphries wants more, the money or the woman he clearly cannot have, Amanda, who happens to be married to one of the ones Humphries is trying to knock off. Bova manages once again to mix politics, science fiction, and human emotion in ways that he is so well known for. Of note also is Bova's treatment of Pancho, who was tapped to succeed Randolph after his untimely death. Pancho pretty much inserts herself into the line of fire as the leader of those who oppose Humphries, much to her peril. Bova has another winner here.
I vaguely remember watching the movie when I was little (and being utterly terrified). I always wanted to read the book (but was probably too scared) and I am so glad I finally got around to it.
This was such a fantastic read. This was one of those books that when you are reading it, you inhale every page and when you aren't reading it, you just think about the next time you can seek in a few more chapters.
It was suspenseful and creative and smart. I loved Mrs. Frisby's character. She is a strong, independent widow who is very brave and capable.
Also, I loved the whole NIMH backstory and was actually able to appreciate it now that I'm older. (I can't believe it took me this long to realize NIMH is an acronym).
Awesome story that you won't be able to put down. Not as dark as the movie (from what I remember). Not a violent book, which is good for younger readers, but a bit dark with allusions to death.
I highly recommend this book.