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- Publication Date: December 29, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00RM5HDYC
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The English, descendents of the people who survived an extinction event, live in small towns protected by Moon people. The Moon people, some original and some descendants, are a group of people based on the moon, or possibly a space station, who returned to a fractured civilization living in starvation and loss of technology. The Moon people gather survivors into small towns which they protect.
At 18 a child leaves home to be chosen for one of several services. Survive your service time and you may be granted citizenship--entitled to most of the same perks as the Moon people. If not chosen, you return to your town to live in poverty and die at 50 years old for population control.
The story viewpoint alternates between Sue, chosen for military service, and Mark, originally chosen for military but taken by the Wardens instead. The prime job of the military is to protect the northern border from incursions by savages. The prime job of the Wardens is also to protect the borders, but also to research and use technology for unstated reasons.
The character Sue goes through many changes, from a naive girl to a blooded soldier. We don't see much of the details of change; sometimes this leads to taking Sue and the plot lightly. Her reactions to actions around her lack depth. Even after she starts to learn about the truth of the Moon people, she sounds more like child playing a video game. Mark's emotions are a little developed, especially after he discovers how the Moon people are manipulating the English.
At the center is a Moon person, delicately pulling strings and manipulating events in a long term plan to remake the small piece of civilization the Moon people hold. Again, he is drawn without much depth. More examples of why he has chosen this course of action would provide some urgency in an otherwise typical plot.
The story reads smoothly, except for missing quote marks that cause confusion as to whether a character has started or finished talking. Having the three main characters alternating view points works well. Each character has information that is important to the plot; rather than having each character relate the same plot point, just from a different view, the characters each have parts of the puzzle. Watching characters interacting based on what they know is interesting, particularly as they start to share information
This is a lightly drawn book, suitable for young teens. There is no great good or terrible anguish. It lacks the depth of character and the urgency of action that an adult might expect.
Andreas has achieved several new concepts that I have not seen before. While there are similarities with other DISP themes he has me anticipating
continued new twists. My hat is off to this talent. I am an older person and the last Moon people I read of were in an Edgar Rice Burroughs book.
interestingly he gives the Moon people Russian names but we have yet to learn who the Moon people really are. I an eager to see where he takes us in the trilogy. While I find myself reading SCI-FI for entertainment more than literary perfection I still yearn for authors who can blend the details and descriptions and produce a story not only entertaining but beyond pleasurable to read. Take my minds eye into the midst of the battles, let me stand at the foot of the bed and feel the nightmare of the tortured soul. Make it my hand on the laser rifle or haft of the staff.
That is the challenge and I expect that Andreas Christensen may be capable of that. He is doing a fine job so far.
In a futuristic dystopian Earth, boundaries and cultures have disappeared and re-emerged in completely different and generally unrecognizable ways, yet the politics ring familiar with one power's use of technologically augmented disinformation, misinformation, and demonization of its opponents.
Sue and Dave, youthful residents of an oppressed town find themselves selected to serve the powers that be, with incentive being to have a chance at true citizenship, otherwise denied, as well as gaining the right to avoid the mandatory euthanasia at age 50 -- if they can survive their service.
Through a series of sheer accidents, they catch a glimpse behind the veil of deceit whereupon they find themselves targets for "neutralization" because what they now know poses a serious threat to the status quo.
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