- Paperback: 382 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (23 July 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765375540
- ISBN-13: 978-0765375544
- Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 2.9 x 23.4 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 445 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
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"Spare, simple, elegant when he needs to be...deep and meaty when he wants to be...[McDonald] does his work like an artisan pulling a sculpture from stone." --NPR
"Each of McDonald's viewpoint characters is made human in fascinating and occasionally disturbing detail, and the solar system of the 22nd century is wonderfully delineated." --Publishers Weekly, starred review
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"McDonald's never written a bad novel, but [Luna: New Moon] is a great one." --Cory Doctorow
"With an action narrative driving this political commentary, Luna is actually a fantastically fun read as well as an important one. " --Los Angeles Review of Books
"McDonald creates a complex and fascinating civilization featuring believable technology, and the characters are fully developed, with individually gripping stories." --Publishers Weekly, starred review
"An engaging thriller... McDonald's portrait of a cutthroat society trying to survive in the deadliest of environments also make it one of the strongest science fiction novels of the year." --The Chicago Tribune
"It's a great scenario, lovingly detailed, and curiously attractive despite its current of unforgiving violence." --The Wall Street Journal
"The best moon novel I've seen in many years. . . McDon-ald's novel has some formidable SF stingers not far beneath its densely textured surface." --Locus
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Additional note, 16 April 2017:
By the way, I re-read the first novel, New Moon, immediately before Wolf Moon was released. New Moon was just as fun the second time around, whereas Wolf Moon was rather a drag. It felt more like the combined outline of two or three books. (mm)
This time around, we are again treated to a looong setup. Except that we know the characters and we know the society. So why fill the first half of the book with fairly mundane stuff? Especially the excessive focus on Lucasinho's character, whom I totally fail to find engaging. He's cute, not very bright, flakey and has sex, on-page mostly, with anything on 2 legs. Wasn't that the exact same stuff he was up to last time? At some point, I kid you not, he drones on for 4 pages about how to bake cakes. Maybe he's being set up as the Reluctant Hero, but by the end of the book he hasn't really gotten there, though he is a bit more useful than before.
Lots and lots of descriptions of who wears what. And it ends fairly abruptly, setting us up for book 3.
Thankfully, once the action starts up it gets pretty intense. The combat robots rock for example. The writing is, as can be expected, very fluid and elegant. The Cortas seem to be getting some interesting new blood too. And there are lots changes in the characters' loyalties and affiliations near the end that makes it an open guess as to how book 3 will unfold. There's a lot of potential, but some tightening up of storyline, or at least pruning of stuff that doesn't add much to it, would be most welcome.
So not bad overall, but not as good as it could have been. I like McDonald too much to give him 3 stars, but this book is really more of a 3.5/5 than a 4/5.
There is much more to these books. The characters are well deeply imagined with virtues, faults and, in some cases, sexual kinks. This book is a middle book in the dynastic battles between the Lunar commercial clans that started in the first book. No Lunar colony can be separated from influence by Earth, both commercial and political. These power relationships are explored in this book.
I am looking forward to the sequel (sequels?) to this novel that explore the events that unfold in this novel. I'm happy to say that Ian McDonald is turning these books out faster than George R. R. Martin is writing his endless Games of Thrones books.