The Moon wants to kill you. She has a thousand ways to do it. The bitter cold of vaccum. The lethal sheet of radiation. Choking dust as old as the Earth. Your weakening bones ...Or you could run out of money for water. Or air. Or simply run foul of one of the Five Dragons: the corporations that rule the Moon and control its vast resources.
But you stay, because the moon can make you richer than you can imagine.
For as long as you can stay alive...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 416 pages
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 17/09/2015
- Category: Science fiction
- ISBN: 9781473202238
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Review by AlanPoulter
This is a ground-breaking novel. Science fiction assumes that our outward urge will take us out through the planets in our solar system and then beyond. A la Star Trek, our morals will be as good as humanly possible. In this accepted view the Moon appears only as a trivial stop-over or a penal location. On the Moon portrayed in this novel, nothing is free. Water, food, space, air, data all cost so running out of money and having no job means certain death. Another way of dying is to fall foul of one of the feuding families, the 'Dragons', who own everything and continually fight between themselves. Being a Dragon is dangerous as your own family members or retainers might plot to replace you. Finally, leaving the Moon and returning to Earth can be impossible as if you stay too long on the Moon your body will collapse under gravity. Is life on this Moon really worth living under these conditions?The writing in the novel is superb, giving a detailed picture of a society that has no morals or beliefs, beyond greed and pleasure. Rather than space being a release to the stars the Moon becomes a trap, a nightmare, the ultimate dystopia.