Luna: Wolf Moon by Ian McDonald

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Luna: Wolf Moon is the second book in the science fiction series by Ian McDonald. These books are set on the Moon, in a future where it is controlled by five warring corporate families. If you enjoy hard science fiction books this is a must read.


The Luna series is set in a futuristic version of our own world where Dragons; powerful dynastic corporate families have set up on the Moon, mining and producing chemicals and equipment which is sent back to Earth. The story starts out in Luna: New Moon which introduces us to the Corta family and their helium mining industry Corta Helio. The end of New Moon saw the Corta family collapse and family members scatter all over the Moon. Luna: Wolf Moon is the story of how the Corta family rebuilding their lives and taking back their company.


This book is a little like Game of Thrones, McDonald has created a plot that weaves and intercrosses each other. The power struggle between the Dragons is full of political scheming, each double crossing the other. The alliances between the character are just as full of intrigue, I think thats what makes this series so enjoyable to read. The characters feel fully formed, each having their own triumphs and flaws.

I think the thing I liked most about this book was the sense of scale. Everything feels epic. From the descriptions of the underground cities, to events like a massive foundry explosion and satellites raining down on the Moon. Then you have the more abstract things like a character born on the moon going to Earth despite this being technically impossible and describing what it’s like to stand on another planet and look up at their home. That was cool.

I found it annoying that the first half of Luna: Wolf Moon is spent catching up with the main characters. Finding out what has happened in the two years since Luna: New Moon. It felt like the plot took a long time to get going. But I would still highly recommend this book. Also you should definitely start out with Luna: New Moon if you haven’t read it yet.


If you like the sound of Luna: Wolf Moon you should also check out Seveneves and The Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet which are two other science fiction books which rely heavily on character development.


Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Format: ebook
Published: 28th March 2017

*I received a copy of Luna: Wolf Moon for free in return for an honest review.

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