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Summary

The scions of a falling house must navigate a world of corporate warfare to maintain their family's status in the moon's vicious political atmosphere.

The moon wants to kill you - whether it's being unable to pay your per diem for your allotted food, water, and air or just getting caught up in a fight between the moon's ruling corporations, the Five Dragons. You must fight for every inch you want to gain in the moon's near-feudal society. And that is just what Adriana Corta did.

As the leader of the moon's newest "dragon", Adriana has wrested control of the moon's helium-3 industry from the Mackenzie Metal Corporation and fought to earn her family's new status. Now, at the twilight of her life, Adriana finds her corporation, Corta Helio, surrounded by the many enemies she made during her meteoric rise. If the Corta family is to survive, Adriana's five children must defend their mother's empire from her many enemies - and each other.

©2015 Ian McDonald (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Awful

What disappointed you about Luna?

The plot was not very clear and the build up is very complex. The ending also leaves so many questions.

What was most disappointing about Ian McDonald’s story?

A complicated and unclear story line, and a poor ending. I didn't find this engaging and drifted off from the story...perhaps why I found it unclear

What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

A robotic performance that lacked emotion and drama, which left me feeling bored. I am surprised I made it to the end of the performance.

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Old school sci fi

If you like your SF old school dynastic with clan battles and an artifice of hard science, this is your book (and probably trilogy). For me though, it was too muscular with no room for the female characters to be much more than male ideals of particular kinds of women, most of whom don’t exist in the current real world and most likely wouldn’t in this one either. The hard science was, to my mind, mostly expositional, serving to tell us how sci the fi actually was, even when much of it was normal to that world. In the same way I don’t expect a wordy account of how my iPad works, I don’t want paragraphs of description relating the regular tech and events of this one. Show me, yes; but don’t dump spurious details on me, it interrupts the flow.
The story arc led predictably, given the masculinity of it all, to a battle, but by that time I had insufficient interest to be invested in the outcome.
To be fair, it was written in 2015, but for me it doesn’t come close to Asimov at his best, and it is totally put in the shade by the likes of Elizabeth Moon’s Heris Serrano and Vatta’s War series. I have abandoned the rest of the Luna trilogy.

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A gripping tale

What Ian does best. Hard science, a carefully crafted world, inhabited by real people. I enjoyed it from beginning to end, especially thanks to the skilled narration by what feels like a 20 person voice cast.

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It was a good book. Just not my kind of Sci fi.

Good book. Just not my kind of Sci fi. It was more like a soap opera than a space opera.

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That ending..

Not been a fan of The authors previous works, so this novel was a pleasant surprise. Nice world building, a sprinkling of hi tech and a Godfather like plot (the 5 dragons act like the Mafia at times).

The story rather fizzles out towards the end.

Narration was spoilt by the male narrator mangling the Portuguese names and sound bored as he delivered the text.

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Ending?

not happy with the ending, loads of questions still open, I'm guessing theirs going to be a sequel

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  • 28-01-16

Ok narrator, go no-where story

What was most disappointing about Ian McDonald’s story?

I *really* loved The Dervish House. That was a compelling and complete story.

This story is about some rich kid that decides to run away from his marriage at the last minute, so this other guy's family decides to obliterate them. Then the book is over.

None of the build up matters. I'm kind of ok with the *extensive* non-English rally names and words. But all it adds up to is an extended instance of Dallas on the moon. Mixed with rich teen angst.

The ending was the most unsatisfactory part. It just ends with no resolution.

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  • Lucy
  • 18-01-16

Dynasty on the Moon

This was like a 1980s soap opera like Dallas or Dynasty, but on the moon. And really I would read any book with that premise. It's kinda crazy no one has done this before. Lots of fun.

Main narrator is adequate. The supporting narrators are quite good.

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  • BumbleBee 456
  • 16-11-17

Bad narration ruins this

I was confused for most of this story. The narrator sounds flat and bored - he sucks the excitement out of every scene. The women narrators are better, but a small portion of the book.

Beyond that there is some sort of sex scene or description every 5-10 minutes, there is an arc of intrigue and a very shocking ending. The only thing I came away with is that the author paints a future with lunar citizens who are all pretty much a**holes. I guess this has been a successful recipe for many stories, but in such a long book it's wearying. There are no heroes.

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  • G. Ellis
  • 21-06-17

The Godfather on the moon with gays

Seriously, if gay sex offends you, skip this book. An interesting take on free market enterprise. The moon is controlled by five family cartels. Everything is for sale on the moon, from lives, to environment, to resources. Failure to pay will cost you, and may cost your life.

I will not be buying the sequels. Although well written, it drags through scores of details that could be skipped with no loss to the storyline. Reminds me of a student's paper they hope will be graded not by content but by weight.

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  • Robert E. Lee
  • 22-03-17

Game of Thrones meets Dallas on the Moon

This was a much better story than I was expecting. There is a bit too much sex in some places (I'm no prude, but I sometimes felt there a page quota the author needed to meet), but I liked the world of the moon. Corporate anarchy (there is no criminal law, only contract law) makes for interesting architectures for fictional societies. I look forward to seeing how some of the characters will continue to develop going forward.

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  • Keri Bills
  • 21-02-17

not my style

Narration was great. I guess this just isn't my type of book. Once i got into it I was committed to the story line but sometimes i found it hard to follow or pay attention to detail.

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  • Eugene R. White
  • 28-10-15

Disappointed.

A long character list recitation was a bad omen. The story was just stupid. The narration boring and droned on and on. I just never could get engaged. This is the first Audible book I am returning.

There's something for everyone, but this one is not for me.

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  • Michael G Kurilla
  • 17-04-22

Dragons on the moon

Ian McDonald's Luna: New Moon is the first installment in his Luna trilogy, sometimes referred to as Game of Thrones on the Moon. The moon has been settled and while ostensibly managed by the Lunar Development Corporation (LDC), the real power resides with the five Dragons which are five families that control the economy. The tale is focused mostly on the Corta family who mine helium-3 for export to Earth. There is no law except contract law. While outright warfare is avoided, the Cortas as the newest family and the Mackenzies, the oldest are bitter rivals. Sprinkled throughout, the matriarch of the Cortas relates her personal history that has led to present day. The bulk of the story concerns vignettes with various members of the Corta family as well as a few others. The installment ends with the Mackenzies engineering a near total takedown of the Cortas.

McDonald crafts a richly detailed society on the moon. Everyone 'pays' for water, air, carbon, and data one way or the other. While the five dragon families seem to control everything, there are other players that are constantly stirring the pot and the overall arrangement is still one with Earth in charge, at least in name. The real focus is on the various families with an evolution from a pioneer status to a feudal land. Crime technically doesn't exist as illegalities are basically breaches of contract. Mores are also much relaxed which creates additional opportunities for relationships between families to get complicated.

The narration is excellent with a smart choice for multiple narrators for distinct perspectives. Pacing is smooth and well aligned with the action.

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  • Ron
  • 09-03-22

Great story

this was an outstanding book. Thom Rivera's narration has to be suffered through but it is worth it for the story.

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  • Ruykann
  • 09-06-20

Disappointing

Unappealing characters, and unremarkable world. Poor science fiction and uninteresting social fiction. Lacks vision. So many authors have told the potential stories of the moon better. And voice acting — outside of the older lady voice — sounds stilted and robotic.