Luna

Luna

New Moon

Book - 2015
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"The Moon wants to kill you, whether it's being unable to pay your per diem for your allotted food, water, and air, or you just get caught up in a fight between the Moon's ruling corporations, the Five Dragons. You must fight for every inch you want to gain in the Moon's near feudal society. And that is just what Adriana Corta did. As the leader of the Moon's newest "dragon," Adriana has wrested control of the Moon's Helium-3 industry from the Mackenzie Metal corporation and fought to earn her family's new status. Now, at the twilight of her life, Adriana finds her corporation, Corta Helio, surrounded by the many enemies she made during her meteoric rise. If the Corta family is to survive, Adriana's five children must defend their mother's empire from her many enemies... and each other"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Tor Books, 2015
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780765375513
0765375516
9781466847637
Branch Call Number: SF MCDONALD 2015
Characteristics: 398 pages ; 24 cm

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SCL_Justin Jul 22, 2017

Ian McDonald's Luna: New Moon has no lovestruck vampires. Instead, it's the story of a dynastic Brazilian helium mining company/family on the moon, three generations into the colonization. I loved this book mostly because it doesn't just deal with family power plays (the matriarch, the scheming brother, the loose cannon brother, the brilliant lawyer sister, the outcast, the fashionable next generation) but the economics of living in a harsh harsh world.

On the moon, there is no law, only contract. You pay for every bit of carbon you consume, every drop of water, your bandwidth, every breath you take. It's AI-mediated anarchocapitalism with lawyers (and lawyer AIs) negotiating everything. Which sounds hellish to live in if you aren't one of the people on top of the society. McDonald does a good job of if not romanticizing the economic concept, at least leavening it with some perspective of the working-class.

I couldn't help but liken the resource-extraction hellpit that the moon is in this book (with nice bits for the rich) to Alberta. But the moon is socially libertarian as well. All sorts of sexual diversity is normal, the powerful aren't all white people, there are ways to help one another. So while the plot was interesting enough, it was the bouncing around between ways of organizing people differently I really liked.

All in all, it's a very good social science fiction book, and only wish it wasn't the first in a series (I loved the ending and wish it actually was one).

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Ichijo
Jun 14, 2017

Definitely a good solid book, the science is good but it deals far more with politics and the great houses of the landsraad, er, I mean the five dragons. Where the book bogs down is in the sheer number of characters (the first three pages are a list of characters and their house/political affiliation) and the polyglot language used on the moon (the last three pages is a glossary of terms). It's fine to have a large number of characters but the perspective jumps a lot and it's not always clear who is who without frequently referencing the front of the book which can get tiresome real quick.

I don't know if it's a fair comparison but I would consider the book to almost be Game of Thrones on the moon.

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LauraSteinert
Apr 15, 2017

I really tried to get into this series as it is part of the 21st Century sci-fi new generation of fiction/social commentary. I feel it was way over written (made up words galore for no real reason, and endless details that don't really figure into the story--but that is all part of the new gen style). However, when one of the richest, most powerful families sells their 11-year-old boy in marriage to his uncle's former (40-year-old gay) lover, I gave up. Although it is important to look at our society's greed and corruption, I don't think I want to read a series that also includes sex trafficking in minors, even if it is perfectly legal in "planet with no laws" world of the book.

ChristchurchLib Nov 30, 2015

In place of a government, the Moon boasts a corporate syndicate headed by the Five Dragons, powerful families who profit from lunar resources while ordinary people pay steep per diems for food, water, and air (or die trying). Focusing on the Corta clan, which controls the Moon's Helium-3 industry, Luna introduces matriarch Adriana Corta and her kin as they fight both among themselves and against their principal rivals, the MacKenzies, whose lucrative mineral extraction business threatens their bottom line. Advanced technology enhances and amplifies the extensive world-building in this compelling first volume of a planned duology. Science fiction newsletter December 2015.

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