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Waste of Space: Moon Base Alpha, Book 3

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Attempted murder, mechanical crisis spark satisfying finale.

Book Stuart Gibbs Mystery 2018
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age 9+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 9+

excellent wrap-up story

Although there is that small bit about same sex relationships, our kids are exposed to so much just from television commercials already that we cannot blindfold them from what we are living today. I believe the author communicated it perfect and also made it fit perfectly in the lives of the characters which takes place in the future. Let's face it, we cannot blindfold our kids AND communicating with them about anything they ask is best. What is appropriate for one child may not be for another but if you are going to stop them from reading the 3rd part of the series just because of this, it's a shame. You should have done your homework even before buying the 1st book. 9+ is fine.

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age 9+

Good wrap up to a nice series!

The book was the third and last of its series, I would recommend reading the first two books (Space case and Spaced out) prior to reading this.

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Is It Any Good?

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Kids say (5):

Stuart Gibbs closes out his Moon Base Alpha series with another satisfying mystery, this time coupled with a race to prevent a disaster at the moon base and an effort to help save all of humanity. That's three layers of drama, but Waste of Space juggles them pretty deftly, with a few red herrings tossed in for good measure.

Dash and his affectionate, levelheaded parents hold the emotional center of the story, which explores the idea of self-interest versus the greater good. With the exception of the caricaturish portrayal of a rich family on the base as tourists, Gibbs (Spy School) offers empathetic characters of diverse backgrounds, interests, and talents, some with surprising depth. He infuses science throughout the story, helping to make Dash's experience very believable. The Zan plotline still seems shoved into place with the more immediate drama, however, and an epilogue intended to answer some of the questions about Zan feels disappointingly rushed.

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