"The perfect ending to this sci-fi trilogy"
Thirteen-year-old Charles "Chigger" Dingillian and his
reconciling family seek a new home. They debate whether to
relocate to the Outbeyond, light years from earth.
Ultimately they vote overwhelmingly for relocating to the
somewhat unknown Outbeyond.
However, the trip across the stars turns dangerous
because everyone seems to want Chigger's HARLIE unit, an
artificial intelligence device placed inside a monkey. The
government, revolutionaries, and revelationists want HARLIE
for different reasons. The government believes the device
is so superior it will enable them to strengthen their
positions of power. The revolutionaries want the unit so
they can overthrow the government and take over the
positions of power. However, the greatest known peril to
the Dingillian brood comes from the revelationists who
consider HARLIE as evil and his owners as devils needing
eradication. Then there is HARLIE growing in intelligence
to the point that even Chigger fears where the AI gadget is
LEAPING TO THE STARS is a fantastic concluding tale to
David Gerrold's wonderful trilogy starring Chigger and his
family. The story line is faster than space travel and
will hook fans of the two previous novels from the very
first meeting between the Dingillians and Commander Boynton
leader of the ship taking them to the Outbeyond. New
readers either should try the first two books before this
novel or stay patient while Chigger methodically fills in
the gaps from events previously told. Science fiction fans
will jump, bounce, and leap to the stars with the
Dingillian clan trilogy.
Harriet Klausner - Copyright © 2002
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted February 22, 2002