In my opinion this is one of Ben's best books I've read thus far. I'm reading through the entire Grand Tour series in chronological order, and this book rivals Mars. It far surpasses Powersat, Empire Builders, and the first book about the moon base -- Moonrise.
This book was cohesively put together, with a protagonist I could actually care about, a few relatively unpredictable characters, and an antagonist that was written very well.
I've felt previous books suffered from stilted vocabulary, a very slow plot, or very one-dimensional characters. This book was much better in all three of those areas.
The one disclaimer I'll throw out there is that I did listen to this book on 2x narrator speed. This is not something I normally do, but because Ben's books do tend to move a little slowly, this helped me to feel like I was listening at the same pace I'd have read it.
I'm reading all of the Grand Tour books in chronological order. This was better than Privateers, but not nearly as good as Mars or Empire Builders.
I'm writing this review having just finished Moonrise's sequel, Moonwar. I'm very glad I *did* wait, because that's the one redeeming part of this book -- the sequel. In the sequel, you're able to forget about what a relatively conscious-less person Joanna is, and ignore the fact that the New Morality is randomly introduced without pre-amble halfway through this book.
The second book is very well written, and a very exciting journey, free from the hang-ups and crutches that this book uses.
I'm uncertain if you can read Moonwar without Moonrise -- but if nothing else, listen to this book on 2x speed, so you can get through the painfully dull or unrealistic moments much faster.
I loved the first book - Spin, and expected more of the same from the sequel. While this is still a great character novel, it unfortunately simply has much less actually happen throughout the book. Part of this is because it covers a much shorter time span than the first novel did, but with that aside it still lacks any significant events to drive the characters forward.
If you loved the first book, you'll still enjoy this one, but fair warning, it doesn't quite live up to it's predecessor. I'm starting the third one now and hopefully that one improves upon this.
Wow. Simply wow. I'm a long-time lover of Science Fiction, though admittedly new to reading science fiction novels (both contemporary and classic). This took me for a wholly new journey, equally parts auto-biographical, dramatic, and science fiction. I loved every second of it. It's not as fantastical as say Ender's Game, or Childhood's End, but it is a book that perfectly explores many fundamental pillars of Sci-Fi and nearly all of the big questions of life, the universe.... and well... everything.
This was a very funny book, and as a 30 Rock fan it was tons of fun to hear about how she came to be in the TV business and some of what went on behind the scenes as 30 Rock came into existence. So long as you're a Tina Fey fan, you'll enjoy this regardless what gender you are. I didn't feel like it was geared towards women hardly at all.
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