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It's always great to find YA books that don't focus on the end of the world and everyone/everything is doomed. Plus I've always had a soft spot for animal companions that get people into all sorts of trouble. Solid character development with a dash of humor is always welcome.
I know I'm not one for super analytical reviews so the best thing I can say: If you want to get younger readers into sci fi then this book just might fit the bill.
Star Rating: 4 stars
Number of Readers: 17
‘Not too keen on the cover. The woman on the front looks silly.’ Girl, aged 13
‘This was super fun to read. I liked the comedy in it and I liked the characters and the adventure they went on. I’m not big into scifi, but this was better then most. It was funny and the plot was interesting.’ Girl, aged 14
‘There is lots of astronomy in this book which is interesting. In fact, I thought this was much more interesting than the story. The plot was ok. Lots happened.’ Boy, aged 14
‘I liked the opening chapter. It was exciting. Then the book slowed a lot and I got bored and put it down. I went back to it a few days later and got back into it. The school kids in the band was annoying. I wanted the story to stay with Ravana. There were other interesting characters too. I liked the invetigator a lot. I probably would not read another of this author’s books but it was still pretty good.’ Girl, aged 15
‘The children in my class enjoyed this story very much. Three of them read it and they thought the mix of humour and hi-tech sci-fi was interesting and made for an excellent read. There are so many wizard/werewolf books out thee right now, it’s nice to see a sci-fi space story.’ Teacher
Of the 17 readers:
13 would read another book by this author.
3 did not like the cover.
15 thought the best part was the humour.
2 thought the best part was the plot.
‘An exciting sci-fi adventure with a strong element of humour.’ The Wishing Shelf Awards
Hollow Moon is an imaginative and well-told tale centering on Ravana, the daughter of a space freighter captain living in a hollow moon orbiting a distant star. When she witnesses the kidnapping of the young Raja, the heir apparent of her small, inside out world, she becomes involved in far more than she expected. What she does not know is that she was already involved.
Hollow Moon is a refreshing alternative to the bulk of Young Adult speculative fiction I've seen in the last several years. The story is engaging. It has well-defined and well-developed characters, a fairly intricate but easily comprehensible plot, a few smiles, and, most appreciated of all, it's NOT fantasy! It's science fiction, and most of the science is reasonable. Okay, there was one scene with an unbelievably strong rope and a serendipitously placed wagon, and a girl who can resist a force that several tons of stone elephant cannot but, well, that's just details. Actually, I doubt many readers would even question something like this. And then there was the school band that played Alpha Centauri by Tangerine Dream. Um, well, yeah, that's not a violation of the laws of physics, and it's cool, but I can't see a school band attempting it. It's 22 minutes long and sounds like some kind of ethereal improvised jazz bit done on flute and synthesizer. I know; details, and this one, despite being unlikely, made me smile, so it gets a pass on credibility for the sake of subtle humor. Actually, there are several gems such as this--allusions to contemporary culture scattered about and in chapter titles.
The story is written from an omniscient point of view with numerous characters sharing the spotlight. I did not find this at all confusing because the characters are sufficiently distinct. It is clear who the camera is on at any point. There were a few places where the adults seemed slightly too juvenile, but this is a YA novel and this seems to be common for those. This book does a better job with this, in fact, than I have seen in other YA stories, and in Hollow Moon, sometimes the adults actually act and sound like adults. The pace is fast enough to keep the plot moving, but it's not frantic.
On the more technical side, the editing is more than adequate, although comma usage may not be exactly according the Chicago Manual of Style for fiction writing. I've noticed this is also true of science fiction and fantasy novels from bigger publishers, which may follow their own style guides for punctuation.
I normally comment on formatting in my reviews only when it is dreadful. In this case, I'm commenting on it because it was exceptional. It is obvious that a great deal of attention was paid to formatting Hollow Moon as an eBook. I see so many digital editions, especially from older, traditional publishers where the formatting is dreadful with double spacing, no paragraph indents, or no breaks between chapters. I don't know if this is because they regard digital books as an afterthought or if they simply aren't good at it, but Hollow Moon had none of these flaws. It even included embedded links for previous and subsequent chapters at the start of each new chapter (unnecessary but thoughtful).
Hollow Moon has charm, intelligence, and wit, and it is one of the most enjoyable YA stories I've read in a while. I highly recommend it for readers of YA science fiction.