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Luna: Wolf Moon

Author: Ian McDonald

Rating: ★★★★★

Genre: Sci-fi

Themes: Moon colonization, Technology, Contractual Law, Culture

Format: Kindle

Finished: July 20, 2018

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In the review of Luna, New Moon, I said I was really on the fence about whether or not I’d pick up the sequel. I did pick it up. In fact, I read the whole thing.

I’m still torn about it. On one hand, the wolf stuff and preoccupation with honor/family is strange. The economics and preachy politics is bad. On the other hand, I can’t shake my fascination with building a society on the moon and what that could actually look like with technology that is plausible (that is, not far off and doesn’t rely on magic). The pragmatic aspect of lunar society, as conceived by McDonald, is refreshing.

A quote from the book:

Lucas was no lawyer but he understood that lunar law stood on three legs: more law is bad law; everything, including the law, is negotiable; and in the Court of Clavius everything, including the Court of Clavius, is on trial.

McDonald published another book in this series back in August. I’m on the fence about that one, too. But who am I kidding, I’m probably going to read it. Books about what society in space might look like are my dime store romances. I keep reading them when I want to wind down or can’t sleep, I can’t get enough, and I’m sheepish about it.