A kidnapped prince, a school band competition and an electric cat that eats everything in sight! What is the secret of the hollow moon? Join intrepid young heroine Ravana O'Brien in a fast-paced and witty science-fiction mystery of interstellar intrigue. Having fled civil war sixteen light years away, Ravana and her father now live in the sleepy commune of the hollow moon, a forgotten colony ship drifting around Barnard's Star. Yet the evil priest Taranis, the dark architect of destiny, has returned from the dead. What began as a minor escapade to rescue her erratic electric pet soon leads Ravana and friends on an incredible planet-hopping voyage into the shady dystopian world of politics, terrible music and rebellion! Hollow Moon is an adventure for all who relish a dose of humour and practical astrophysics with their fantasy, for young adults and adults young at heart.
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Excellent! I really enjoyed this story - it reminded me of the style of Anne McCaffrey and her characters in the 'Pern' novels. There was more emphasis on the characters than the technology, which made it a pleasure to read, and avoided the complications of many modern SF novels. It also read as a complete story, and not as a part of many - even though it could easily build into a number of sequels. I felt that the plot was well laid out with many side interests, and the twists and turns kept me wanting to read more. Well done - I look forward to the next novel.
Ravena O'Brien lives on a worldship called the Dandridge Cole which was carved out of the center of a small moon-sized asteroid and then transported over many generations to it's new home orbiting a planet in an adjacent solar system. One hundred years past the original exodus, a small contingent of eccentric free-thinkers still calls the hollow moon its home and lives peacefully, away from the influence and intrigues of the now-corporatized other settled planets. Ravena is a resourceful, but otherwise ordinary girl who studies engineering, sometimes helps her father pilot his independently-owned spaceship, and has a free-thinking electronic cat named 'Jones' who gets into mischief, and gets her into mischief along with it. Then Ravena witnesses one of the residents of the hollow moon get kidnapped, the young heir to one of the corporatized planets whose mother fled with him to the hollow moon to evade those who would use the young Raj. Ravena and her father go in search of the missing Raj, and in the process meet some new friends, fellow 15-year-olds on their way to a music competition, some bad guys, and some unlikely allies, along with ... aliens? This is a nice space-hopping adventure which blends a love of science fiction with a good old-fashioned coming of age adventure story. Ravena is naturally resourceful and uses her head, but it's not overly-done or unrealistic (for the most part ... we ARE talking science fiction here!). The science seemed, to me, to be relatively sound, with occasional hints of real-life scientific principals, just enough to pepper the story, not so much as to make the pacing slow down. One nice detail is Ravena's mother was of India descent, while some of the colonized worlds carry either a heavy Chinese or Indian colonization influence, so this wasn't your usual 'white girl in space' story, but neither was the influence overdone (think Firefly and Serenity ... it's a nice, subtle addition to the worldbuilding). I read this, and now it's off to my 13-year-old to read as well. A fun, planet-hopping read to whet a Young Adult's appetite for something besides sparkly vampires!