(From the publisher):
Caught in the crossfire in a corporate battle for global domination, a young man must choose between his home on earth and a new life on the lunar frontier.
The time: the not-so-distant future. The place: Earth. Governments have collapsed. Traditional borders have vanished as rival currencies and corporations vie for dominance. Poverty is rampant. Climatic upheavals have rendered much of Earth's surface uninhabitable and space is being colonized as an alternative environment. Thousands have already migrated to the Moon looking for work...or just a way out.
Meet Charles, a.k.a. Chigger. Charles does not exactly have what might be described as the All-American family. His father has been a no-show most of his life. And his mother? Well, let's just say she's no Betty Crocker. His adolescence has been like a minefield - always just one step away from explosion. But what can you expect from life in Bunker City - a depressing collective of tube houses sunk shoulder deep into the sand in a sunbaked suburb of West El Paso?
One day his father appears out of the blue and suggests that Charles and his brothers take a vacation trip to beanstalk city - a euphemism for the hich-tech elevator transport that ferries passengers between Earth and the Moon. Charles has always wanted to visit Geostationary, the terminus several miles up the Beanstalk, and hopes that the trip might salvage a relationship with his father.
But too late Charles discovers that his father may have other motives - and destinations - in mind. In fact, Charles suspects that his father is smuggling a form of synthetic intelligence that a rival corporation would kill to obtain. As authorities on the Orbital Elevator close in, Charles is faces with a dilemma: Should he abandon his father and return to safety on Earth or cross the legal Rubicon and continue on to the Moon? Either way, his life will never be the same.
His decision surprises everybody - including himself.
Original title: Jumping Off the Planet
Genre: Fiction→ Science Fiction→ Political→ Corporate Rule