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Rock Bound: Book One of the Moon Rock Series Paperback – March 16, 2011
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Rochelle Weber is an author and editor. A native of Chicago, she grew up on the Northwest Side, enlisting in the Navy at 20. She lived all over the country, eventually returned home and earned a Bachelor's degree in writing at Columbia College, Chicago, where here essay, "Bulimia," was featured in "Hair Trigger 9 & 10," the student anthology, published in 1987. Rochelle currently lives in Volo, IL, with her daughter and granddaughter. She has another daughter who lives downstate in Paris, IL, with her boyfriend, son, two daughters, and two step-daughters.
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For me, the beginning was a little tiny bit slow. But once I was captured, I couldn't stop reading! The book takes place in 2051 when major upheaval hits the United States. The main protagonist. Annie, is lovable. She's my kind of friend. I WANT her with me when something happens! I also want Crystal and Vivian with me too! I'd go anywhere with these ladies. Toss in Jake, the twins and Tom and I'd have a full crew!
The characters are well developed, the plot is well thought out and develops at a rapid pace. It does NOT end on a cliff hanger so can be read as a stand alone novel. AND best of all, no typos and no glaring grammatical errors! Kudos to Ms. Weber for a job well done! I would definitely consider reading more works by this author.
As a side note, I know a few people that deserve to be "spaced". If your not familiar with the term, read the book! I'll bet you know a couple of people too!
When I started Rock Bound, I initially thought the story was a dystopia, which is fine because I do enjoy them, but I was expecting Science Fiction Romance. Well, I can happily report that there is a distinctly dystopian theme for the scenes set on Earth, but the Science Fiction elements soon take over when the action starts on the Moon. And the romance? Very gradual and very sweet, which suited the story perfectly.
The United States has become a dangerous and stifling place, with the abolition of the Constitution and a ruthlessly unmerciful dictatorship. Dissent is dealt with swiftly and permanently by way of shooting or arrest and incarceration in prison on the Moon. Annie and Paul Peterson experience both and are separated forever. But this leads to hints of new relationships, which Rochelle Weber deftly weaves into this fast page-turner story. Annie and Jake's relationship is beautifully built and the experiences of secondary characters are equally well drawn and engrossing. It was nice to actually like and relate to most of the characters, which doesn't often happen.
Other reviewers have already covered the bones of Rock Bound, so I'll just share what I loved about it. Although the story in opening chapters appeared on the surface to go slowly, I really liked the gradual but steady build-up of the highly descriptive exposition of life and love on the Moon. Given the brutality of the dictatorship on Earth, I was expecting equally unpleasant conditions in the prison, but it wasn't so, except for similar swift justice but only for people who had actually done something bad. This was a welcome surprise compared to the long drawn-out judicial process we're all accustomed to.
What I loved most was that the author has painted a picture of human interaction that, although not perfect, just proves that people, both with and without positions of authority, can really get along in a mostly harmonious and co-operative way and pull together when times are tough. What a breath of fresh air!
The author has gone to great lengths to vividly describe how a group of people adapt to a harsh environment and grow to respect and love one another. My only small concern would be that one or two situations occurred perhaps a bit too predictably and conveniently, but I'm certainly not complaining because the happy ending was well-deserved by all the characters, and I'd be the first to cheer them on.
I can't recommend Rock Bound highly enough to anyone who likes a bit of idealism coming to fruition (for a change) and who loves genuine romances built from the ground...or rock...up by people you'd love to have as friends, in a science fiction setting. I'm really looking forward to reading the next book in the Moon Rock series, Rock Crazy.