Review: Luna: New Moon

Posted 12 August, 2020 by Lianne in Books / 1 Comment

Luna: New Moon (Luna #1)
By: Ian McDonald
Format/Source: eBook; courtesy of Tor.com reading club

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.

I’ve been wanting to read this book for so long. The cover looks fantastic, the premise sounded interesting–I remember someone likening it to Game of Thrones but in space–so I was thrilled to get my hands on a copy through the Tor.com reading club. Took a while after that to get around to reading it, but here we are 🙂

Luna: New Moon was an impressive debut. Took a while to slip into the world as the novel starts off rather action-packed but then expands as the reader is introduced to life on Luna, what society and the future is like, and the Corta family, their allies, and their enemies. The Game of Thrones reference became stuck in my head as I read this book for the Five Dragons, the ruling corporations who resided on the moon, were really politicking the entire time, trying to gain the utmost control, trying to oust the other out (perhaps I would add it kind of reminded me of The Godfather in a way). I was entranced trying to figure out how the Corta family would survive the machinations, which of Adriana’s children would be most suitable to lead the company, their overall chemistry and complexity.

I think one of my favourie parts of the novel was reading the chapters on Adriana’s flashbacks: how she came to the moon, how she raised her family and corporation into prominance and completing the Five Dragons. I was impressed with her resilience and her thirst for life and ambition, and heartbroken but certain aspects of her life along the way. It was really interesting, not to mention it shed to light how one transplants themselves from the Earth to the Moon.

Overall I enjoyed reading Luna: New Moon. The worldbuilding and character dynamics made for an interesting read. There were some really slow parts in the novel but the last two or three chapters made up for it, it was very exciting, almost cinematic. I wouldn’t mind continuing the rest of the trilogy at some point.

Rating: ★★★½☆

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