In space. Underground. And out of time.
Christopher Nichols and his family live on a new planet, Perses, as colonists of Melming Mining’s Great Mission to save the earth. Dozens of families like Christopher’s have relocated, too, like his best friend Elena Rosales.
A communications blackout with Earth hits, and all of Perses is on its own for three months. It’s okay, though, because the colonists have prepared, stockpiling food and resources to survive. But they never prepared for an attack.
Landers, as the attackers are called, obliterate the colony to steal the metal and raw ore. Now in a race against time, Christopher, along with a small group of survivors, are forced into the maze of mining tunnels. The kids run. They hide. But can they survive?
- Margaret K. McElderry Books |
- 336 pages |
- ISBN 9781481440394 |
- September 2015 |
- Grades 3 - 7
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By Kevin Sylvester
Twelve-year-old Christopher Nichols and his family are part of the first wave of colonists on Perses, a new planetoid in the solar system. They are ready to send a shipment of rare minerals and precious metal ore back to Earth when a communication blackout hits, separating Earth and Perses for two months.
Just at the blackout begins, Perses is viciously attacked.
Christopher and a small group of young survivors are forced into the maze of mining tunnels below the surface of Perses.
1. Why do you think the author chose to spell the title as MiNRS? What does the spelling of the title tell you about the story?
2. Christopher and his friends live on a newly discovered planetoid. Under what circumstances would you consider living on a different planet? What differences do you think there would be between Earth, and a newly established planetoid?
1. What do you think is the purpose of “The Great Mission” video at the beginning of the book?
2. Describe all the different kinds of modern technology used on Perses (terra-forming, diggers, etc.)
3. Which parts of MINRS do you think could happen in real life? What lessons can we learn about our Earth and resources from this book?
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