Waste of Space

336p. S. & S. Apr. 2018. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781481477796.
Gr 4–6—In this third book in Gibbs's series, emotions and tensions are high among the colonists at Moon Base Alpha after snobby millionaire Lars Sjolberg is poisoned. What should have been an ordinary 13th birthday for Dash Gibson has turned into him solving a murder attempt. It starts as a somewhat ordinary morning for Dash when his father decides to take him on a bit of a moonwalk to play a game of catch. But this is no ordinary game of catch—both Dash and his father are breaking a number of rules by being outside the moon base. Angry demands from the mission commander to return inside soon give way to screams of terror and confusion. The final book in this series continues to deliver the mystery and mayhem that being isolated on the moon can cause. This is an excellent conclusion to a strong trilogy with the many clues and red herrings that mystery lovers expect. Everyone is a suspect, including Dash's own father. Long months aboard Moon Base Alpha and homesickness only add to the heightened tension.
VERDICT Fans will enjoy this satisfying ending to a strong series.

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