Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Moondust by Gemma Fowler

MoondustWhen Lumite was discovered on the Moon, the dark days of the Earth appeared to be over. But disaster struck: a huge explosion at the first Lumite power station. Agatha, god-daughter of the founder of Lunar Inc., was sole survivor. As the 10th anniversary of the disaster looms, Aggie takes centre stage, a poster-girl for the company. But a chance meeting with one of the prisoner-miners, the darkly attractive Danny, changes her mind about everything she knows about her world.

Humans have colonised the moon, to extract its raw materials for power. Lunar Inc is the company responsible for that power, and the explosion that really ruined the whole enterprise.

I liked Aggie at first impressions, I thought it was quite original that she didn't want to be the Angel, hated the publicity and the anxiety that came with it. She wasn't really anything special, just a normal girl, and that came across; she just wanted a normal life and to put that tragic day behind her. But the company needed the good publicity and so the Angel had to be reborn.

Aggie also had a great best-friendship with Seb but it seemed to change through the book - she didn't want it to be anything more but then was jealous of him with someone else, it just came across as quite flighty. He did support her, eventually, when she was outed (as it were) as the Angel and when she realised things weren't quite adding up on the base. I did, however, hate the insta-love. Sure, Danny was interesting but she shouldn't be hung up on this guy that met for all of five minutes, no matter how attractive he may be. 

What I wanted to read this book for, and luckily really liked, was the space/world building. The whole concept of the Dark Days of limited power and being able to colonise the moon to mine for this seemingly unlimited resource was very interesting. Of course, through the book we come to realise that the company isn't the all-conquering hero they make themselves out to be, and it was a very good commentary on human nature. 

All in all, for me the story was better than the characters; it was a slow start and then jammed everything in at the end and the characters were entertaining but not very well developed. Worth a read, if only for cool space toys. 

Published 2nd March 201 by Chicken House. Thank you to the publisher for my copy in exchange for an honest review.

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