- File Size: 2252 KB
- Print Length: 303 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1949964159
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Chandra Press (September 3, 2019)
- Publication Date: September 3, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07XD674TJ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #444,144 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Moon Hunters: A Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction Adventure Kindle Edition
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Spoiler: The king in this story is an antagonist I REALLY, REALLY hated. I found myself, while not reading the book, thinking of ways he could be overthrown. He got under my skin that much.
Romance, a bit if action, realistic world building, and lovable characters make this 5 star rating an easy decision.
Years later, King Marit Simi decides to lead his community under the "natural supremacy of men," a law directly received —he says— from the very god Lehom, and controls its inhabitants with the help of a berry that’s capable of altering the nervous system of those who consume it. Leilani, princess of Lehom and great-granddaughter of Gerald Ani, has been chosen to replace one of the seven Virtues and therefore must live in the palace, together with King Marit and Queen Veluya, although she would prefer to continue as a Scribe and live with some freedom.
The initial premise of this story is quite exciting since the first pages, and the rest of the book does nothing but fulfill the promise of a great adventure. The oppressive environment and the tremendous burden of the generic roles, justified by a system of religious beliefs and by the magical thinking of the community, are sufficient reasons to embark on the adventure of Leilani, which develops very nicely and makes this book a real joy!
I found the characters likable and I loved taking this journey with Leilani.
I also learned new things from this book, I must say, bits of real history I didn't know or had forgotten about (that I then went to read about!)
This was a fantastic look inside a dystopian could-be world, which left me thinking about it.
A great, recommended read.
I of course rooted for Leilani throughout the story—she faces struggles and strives to overcome them with strength and dignity. Pavelle did a fantastic job using sensory details to make the main antagonist unappealing in addition to his despicable behavior. I wish there was more on Jenay and his development as a character and in his relationship to Leilani.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes The Hunger Games, The Handmaid’s Tales, or other dystopian stories with female leads.
Half a century after a plague ravages the globe, a science vessel on its way to investigate the aftermath of a Pacific earthquake encounters a curious craft in need of rescue: a Viking-style ship made of bamboo, its only crew an unconscious young man and woman. When the woman, Leilani, awakes, she presents the ship’s doctor with a tale of a forgotten island and the settlers who fled to escape the pestilence. Fifty years ago, each of the three Ani siblings founded a semi-autonomous village on their father’s island. Unfortunately, Leilani was born in the oppressively patriarchal Village of Lehom, whose godlike king grows more brazen by the day. In recounting her story, Leilani weaves a tale of family, friendship, religious extremism, and ultimately, love.
The author does a fantastic job of weaving back and forth from past to present. It kept me entertained and enthralled. I definitely recommend this if you're looking for a fun, exciting read.
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The main character is likeable and I found myself rooting for her. The main antagonist is truly vile so kudos to the author.
In summary, an original and unique story. I'm glad I read it.
The Moon Hunters by Anya Pavelle
I love books that are based on what-if scenarios. In this case, Anya explored how family ties and the need for survival play out over multiple generations. The reader is introduced to a village that has taken several steps back in terms of societal development.
This brings me to another what-if. How can an author create a strong female lead in a world where women are literally suppressed and repressed? How can an individual, programmed from birth, have any hope of pushing back against their societal expectations?
Anya weaves these what-ifs, their answers, and more in a beautiful way. The story will draw you in, immerse you in a world that, while different on the surface, mirrors our own in subtle ways. This book also provides the reader with a satisfying conclusion. I highly recommend this!
Another highlight for me was the dynamic structure of each village. It shows how, despite their mutual loathing for eachother, all the villages help one another so they can co-exist. Now is that a good thing or a bad one? I don't know. And you'll understand why I feel that way after reading the book. But our real world leaders can definitely learn a thing or two from these village founders who believed in helping one another rather than killing each other despite their differences.
All in all, I enjoyed this book and am hoping for a sequel or is it a prequel of the origins of the Island where our wonderful Moon Hunters were born.