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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
"This is a book that I've been waiting for for a long time. Nearly everything about it is perfect. The chilling reality of what Parole is and what life is like there, the strange and lovable characters that make up the cast, the story which remains hopeful even when the world is collapsing, this book nails it." - Sam, TheReadingWriter
"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
I loved this book so much. I’ve been attempting to read more indie books and authors, and as I follow Sylver on Twitter I thought this would be a good place to start and I’m so glad I took the chance. I love this book, I love it in so many ways that it’s hard to describe. But I’ll try!
I love that this book is fearless.
When you read a lot of genre (like I do) you get used to a set of tropes and borders in stories. There are certain things you know that different genres will do–whether it’s SciFi or Fantasy–you know the edges, the general outline. But “Chameleon Moon” is so much different. It’s so BRAVE, like…I suppose you could classify it as a SciFi or dystopian story but it’s more. There are elements of fantasy, of superhero fiction, romance, even a healthy dose of gothic imagery and storytelling. And you’d think it’d be a mess, right? But it’s not! Sylver doesn’t seem to believe in borders or genre outlines and it’s so amazing to read a book that isn’t afraid to tell its story with whatever tools are available.
I love that this book is soft.
By that I mean, I love that the characters in this book speak gently to one another. Even when things are bad, or scary, or hopeless, the characters are never cruel. They’re never snappy or snarky just for the hell of it, they’re never needlessly morose or macabre. They’re people and they love one another so strongly and it actually comes across that way. Sylver is unafraid to show her characters deeply and gently caring about each other–whether romantically, platonically, or as family (or all three!). I love that I could read this book without wincing once at something a character says to another character. I love that I felt safe with the people Sylver creates.
I love this book because it’s diverse. Of course. I love how many different types of love are portrayed. I adore the various ways sacrifices are presented, how love is at once selfish and selfless, personal and universal. I love that the relationships don’t exist to cause drama, or that plot is unnecessarily propelled along by hatred or intolerance. I love that this book exists as a model for the many ways we can fall in love or be with other people. It’s amazing and natural and wonderful.
I could probably go on forever tbh but I’ll leave it at this: read this book. It has everything I wanted and things I didn’t even know I wanted but I’m so glad to have. I want more books like this immediately. I’m so happy that it exists.
I started reading this book back in April, and it took me 3 months to finish. I’m not exactly sure why, but I’m glad that it took me so long. I’m happy I got to spend so much time with the characters and in this world, because I had a wonderful time.
The characters are, in my opinion, the best part of this book. They’re all so real, wonderful, and heck, there are literal tears in my eyes right now because I’m trying to think of a way to describe how much I love them but it feels impossible. Every single one of them is just so loveable, strong, intelligent, kind, brave, and the way they all interact warmed my heart. And have I mentioned that I love them yet?
I also really adored the world and the story in general. It felt very unique and like something I’ve never read before, and it really sucked me in. I have to admit that it was a little bit confusing and that I had no idea what was going on 80% of the time, but that just compelled me even more to just keep reading. And while this book is a dystopian, the city where the characters live in is in ruins, and it seems like their situation is hopeless, this story is so incredibly hopeful, which in turn gave me hope. And hope is the most powerful thing of all.
Now let’s talk about something in this book that meant the world to me: the anxiety rep. One of the characters in this book deals with really bad anxiety and panic attacks, and it was the best rep I’ve ever read. This was the first time I could really see this side of myself in a book, and it was so incredibly important to me, and it meant so, so much.
I swear I tried to make this into a normal review, but you know that feeling when you love something so much that you can’t quite put it into words and you just start rambling a bit? Yeah, that’s me right now. But I hope this somehow convinces y’all to pick this book up.
And in case I haven’t convinced you yet, I added three quotes from the book down here that I feel like perfectly capture the story, because if my words can’t sway you to pick this book up, RoAnna’s words will:
It made her want to mow down the whole damn city, ripping and screaming and defending until this violent, sick world was safe for sweet flower girls and little boys who tucked flowers into her hair and called her Mama.
“I don’t think you’re a paradox. But you might be asexual.” Regan’s mouth fell open. He looked up with wide eyes again but for a much different, much better reason. Slowly, the tension melted out of his shoulders and his frill dropped back down to hang loose. When he looked at her now she saw something else in his eyes. One of her favorite things to see. Hope.
Your voice is your power, and nothing and nobody can take it away from you. Love yourself, love the people around you, and never give up. If you need help, reach out. If you’re drowning, make some noise. There are people who love you, who will throw you a life preserver. That’s what it all comes down to, love. That’s how we’re gonna get through this. And we are gonna get through this.
That last quote is from the epilogue that I have now reread and cried over multiple times, and I feel like it really holds a big part of the message that this book wants to give you. No matter what your sexuality is, how you express yourself, how you feel or who you are, you’re okay. You’re valid. You’re good. You will get through this, and there’s always hope. And that’s why this book is so incredibly important.
I could keep on rambling about this book for hours, but I should probably wrap this up here. But please, pick this book up. You won’t regret it.