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Chameleon Moon (The Chameleon Moon Series) (Volume 1) Paperback – October 21, 2016
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- "Buy this book. Buy it right now. If there was ever a book that I think deserved to become an instant success, it's Chameleon Moon. It will bring you plenty of emotion and satisfying story, and still leave you wanting more." - Magdalyn Ann, RoundRobinWrites.com
- "A Moulin Rouge-esque celebration of love, hope and redemption...an unexpectedly warm-hearted dystopia with an irresistible cast, which celebrates and normalises diversity of all kinds." - Imyril, OneMore.org
- "Right from the first page I was totally sucked in by the engaging writing style of the author, by the unusual - and also diverse - cast of characters, and by the mystery that is hidden in every pore of the book... full of vivid imagery, of suspense and mystery, of people finding a family and connection." - Mel, JustLoveRomance
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- "I loved this book. I love that, for once, I as a trans, queer person with disabilities was precisely, squarely the target audience for a book... Sylver's writing is tight and quippy. The characters have chemistry with one another. The plot has tension and stakes. I can't wait for the next book." - B. R. Sanders, author of Ariah
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First off, the characters were amazing. Each not only is wonderful, but has their own quirks. I hate when characters do not have personalities, but this is not the case with all of them in Chameleon Moon, even the ones that weren’t my favorite, like only one of them, I still enjoyed.
The representation in this book is wonderfully rich – polyamorous, lesbian, nonbinary, and more. Seriously. It is such a vivid promise of what the genre can be like and I am absolutely so thankful it was published.
This book is amazing through and through from the way the plot comes together, to the character’s personalities, to Sylver’s writing. It is purely thrilling on so many different levels from the personal – the diversity, to beyond – with the supportive message.
Everything is terrible, so I've been turning to dystopian fiction for a lighter and more cheery look at our possible futures.
Maybe I'm kidding (maybe) when I say that, but RoAnna Sylver's Chameleon Moon really is a best of all possible dystopias: a city that's falling to a burning river and corrupt totalitarian government but is sustained by superheroine superstars, Radio Angels, therapists that are half-garden and inventors that can bend the world for evil, or for good. An amnesiac lizard man falls into the middle of a plot with ghosts, assassinations, and the fate of the city on fire--but also into the middle of a beautiful three-mama family with a sweet little boy and robot guard dog. There's a thread about The Wizard of Oz, there's a theme about love, self-care, and redemption as weapons against oppression. It's a strangely beautiful novel for a bleak time, and I recommend it to anyone looking for some joy in the dark.
"Evelyn Calliope. Defending the streets. Upholding the weak and punishing the wicked."
"Only between shows."
"A heroine? Is that what you are?"
"Not if I don't act like one."
"If it helps, I don't think you're a paradox. But you might be asexual."
"Words are important. They let you know it's real, you're fine, more people like you exist. They let you know you're not alone."
And then there are Rose, Danae, and Evelyn, married and all very different. I think Rose is my favorite of them, but Danae's protectiveness is a delight. My absolute favorite character, though is Zilch. They're loving and giving and a little bitter, and yes, all the Zilch please.
So yes. I appreciated the characters and their relationships a lot. I also appreciated the amount of moral complexity to nearly everyone.
I don't read a ton of dystopian works, and things were a little more (err, a lot more) literally on fire/crumbling than I think is usually the case, so this was interesting. (There are still people in power manipulating things while life is bad for most people, but the badness is so *physical* here.) I was definitely confused on some things here, especially in terms of the timeline, but part of that is probably reading over a few weeks.
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