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This is the driving force of the book. The action and the characters move the plot forward at near breakneck speeds. If you're looking for a book that grabs you from page one and never lets go, consider picking this one up. Kudos to the author (and the editor/s) who were able to shape the pacing and keep everything moving. I would suggest that the author include some quieter moments in the future, points of the story that allow the reader to slow down and connect more with the characters and the world that has been built. It is a very rich and imaginative setting, and more time unraveling it would help the reader understand more why things work as they do within this world.
I imagine that this was probably the most difficult aspect for the author as it is told from several points of view. While narration from several characters can provide interesting perspectives of different events, it does make telling the story more complex. I enjoyed reading from the protagonist's perspective, but felt that the main supporting character was much more interesting as he felt the most well-rounded. Had the entire story been told from this character's point of view, many of the difficulties and inherent issues with writing for multiple characters would have lessened or vanished all together (though of course a new set of challenges would have arisen). It takes a lot of writing (and a lot of rewriting) to delicately balance a protagonist's story from different points of view and secondary plots.
The author clearly draws on his work as a psychologist to influence his writing and direct his characters and themes. Each character seems to represent a main psychological trait and the author works to wrestle with how characters are affected/afflicted within the story. This doesn't oversimplify characters, but these traits do tend to overshadow the smaller things that make characters feel like real people. Again, the most balanced character, the secondary character, feels the most realistic, and that's the character I would like more of. Should a sequel be in the mix, I would suggest that the author focus primarily on one character like the secondary character he created.
I quite enjoyed reading this book, and I would recommend it, especially to those who are looking for a bit of genre bending. I shall be reading this again and hope to read a continuation of this story in the future.
Moon to Joshua moves toward a conclusion that is not entirely expected, and where the characters discover that they are forced to look at the darker side of humanity, where desperate people take advantage of others and exploit the weak for their own gains. This is where I think that Moffitt’s writing shines. While he could have stayed within the typical sci-fi story telling experience, he instead delves into an exploration of the experience of loss and trauma and how it affects individuals with few resources and little hope. Likely a result of his psychology training (as mentioned on the back cover), his descriptions of these character experience is likely to make a person pause to consider how they might be changes by similar tragedies, and his descriptions of how a character might react to these events offers, for the most part, hope for those who have experienced trauma themselves.
By the end of the book I found myself wanting more. More desert world, with its interesting supernatural properties, more thrilling gun-slinger battles, and more of the struggles of Drayaden and the other characters that exist in this riveting story. Hopefully the next one comes out soon. I recommend this book for anyone who is interested in new writers and an exploration of psychological themes with individuals who struggle to find answers about what a person who always pays his debits is capable of.