Hurricane Moon Paperback – July 18, 2007
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"Latner brings a powerful new voice to SF - the perfect blend of humanity and science." -- Robert A. Metzger, author of Picoverse and CUSP
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If you're looking for a quick and mindless beach read, this may not be the right book - there are many details and they're all important and you'll need to pay attention, and even use your brain. But it's worth it. These characters and this world will stick with you, long after you put the book down. My highest recommendation.
It's interesting to see how strongly readers' opinions can differ. Mine is almost the exact opposite of one reviewer's, since in my opinion, the first 1/3 of the novel is a bit slow (3 stars). However, as a Mechanical Engineer with a deep interest in Cosmology (and Science Fiction), I greatly appreciate that the Science is quite sound, even though the plot moves fairly slowly in the beginning. Kudos to Latner for fact-checking and not simply lapsing into "fantasy" during this part of her novel.
Once the Aeon reaches its destination, the action starts to pick up and the momentum continues to build (4+ stars). The characters - who were somewhat secondary to the starship and mission descriptions in the beginning of the book - really start to blossom, and their development makes them believable people that I found myself caring about. Now it's becoming a real exploration adventure.
When I paused occasionally to reflect on aspects of the story, I found myself thinking "Of course, that's exactly what it would be like!" This indicates that the author has put a LOT of thought into the details that make the story logical. I'm hoping to see a followup sequel to this engaging novel, and I look forward to tracking down and reading Latner's SF short stories as well!
That said, I also really enjoyed the fully-realized characters and how they met the challenges that come with traveling to the stars to make
a new life on a new world.
Even better, Hurricane Moon is the first book of a trilogy. Now I get to read book two!
Events seem to occur randomly. That would not be a problem, but unfortunately the settlers hardly seem to anticipate. They are too busy with all kinds of social affairs. Finding out the nature of the Hurricane moon, encountering a probably intelligent species, even the search for a cure for damaged genes, its all told as if it's a teatime chat, interrupting what life is really about: finding out a religion, do I love him or not, whose child is it...
The last 300 pages resemble a Harlequin novel. With in the end a happy marriage. From hardcore SF point of view, without all socializing it could have been a great 200 page sense of wonder story. Now it's a missed opportunity.