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The Girl They Sold to the Moon

Narrated by: Kelli Winkler
Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
Categories: Teens, Ages 11-13
4.5 out of 5 stars (5 ratings)

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Eighteen-year-old Tilly Breedlove's father has sold her into a form of modern day slavery on Luna - the Tranquility Harbor Mining Company, 240,000 miles from home. Family Trade and Loan, an unscrupulous company, is more than willing to take her on and exploit her talent. Forced to be an exotic dancer, she performs risqué shows for the filthy but filthy rich ore miners - a far cry from her classical and modern dance training. If she isn't resisting obscene advances from bearded "Prairie Dogs," she's fending off jealous head-liner acts who view her as a threat to their status - and when those jealous showgirls say "break a leg," they aim to cause it. The only reprieve she finds in this shop of horrors is a few close ward friends, a sympathetic dance coach, and Buddy Gunner Bell who just might become the love of her life. It’s just enough to stem her psychological meltdown.

©2014 Chris Stevenson (P)2019 Intrigue Publishing

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YA Dystopia

There is a light scifi element to it. I would have liked more than what I got but it was ok. However, I did find it to be predictable.
I loved the fact that parents can loan their kids for money, which is a conscept that I have not come across in books before but it was intriguing. I think if some people have the chance in this day and age to do such a thing they would jump at the chance, so for me it is not far fetched scenario.
The book is about surviving, friendships and has a little romance.
However, I did find that I did not like the female character as the book progressed. It felt like she gave up when I expected her to fight back.
Even with this I still liked it and would read other books based on this world. I liked the idea and it was different.

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very unique

it was a very very unique sci-fi story that reminds us about slavery in other perspective it was a very very good book I enjoyed it very much I didn't expect to such an intense story but I did enjoy every single second of it it was just wonderful

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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  • 05-02-19

Such an interesting story

This was such an interesting story. You can tell from the opening paragraphs that the writing style was special. The intro of the main character was poignant and compelling and I could not wait to dive into this story. I couldn't finish it though.

The narrator was a bad choice. There was no distinction between male or female characters or even between the narrator and the character's spoken words. It was just wrong. The voice was pleasant enough but she was just reading the story, not living it. This book deserved better.

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Great Modern SciFi Tale

The Girl They Sold to the Moon is written Chris Stevenson. This is a uniquely modern take that is very similar to the early Heinlein works of science fiction. In the story, American society has broken down and Parents can indenture their children on a loan for a six month period. If they do not pay the borrowed amount the children are now wards of FTLA and are the modern version of slaves. The Moon has been colonized, mined, and is a tourist destination for the rich. The Moon takes a great number of these wards (slaves) for the term of the loan.

The story does an excellent job of holding the listener's attention telling the story of the main character of Tilly Breedlove. Her plight is told from the beginning of being taken into the system and dehumanized by the FTLA. She is sold as a ward to the Tranquility Harbor Mining Company. Tilly will dance on the moon for the miners who are called Prairie Dogs, deal with other dancers, find some close friends, a mentor/coach, and a possible true love.

The narration is provided by Kelli Winkler. Ms. Winkler brought a strong skilled vocal quality to this audio production. This was the first time that I have heard a vocal performance from Kelli Winkler but I will now look for more audiobooks narrated by this talented performer. The production quality of this audiobook is also the highest quality. I heard no problems during the entire performance. There were not any detectable flaws that I was able to hear during the entire performance such as loops, breaks, or buzzing. The production was crisp and clear. Intrigue Publishing delivered an excellent audiobook production. I highly recommend this audiobook. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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