Due to overpopulation, lack of natural resources, no public education, and a surplus of political bickering, Earth is a cesspool and our solar system's colonies have failed. Nevertheless, outside our solar system, exploration has thrived.
Encouraged by the conquest of Kipos, idealistic dreamers look beyond Earth to build a utopia from the abandoned Lunar Colony Serenitatis. Industrialists reconstruct the colony, but struggle to turn a profit while encouraging scientific discovery.
Brimming with hope despite intense uncertainty and physical hardship, the impoverished Ella Sethdottier follows rumors of plentiful jobs on the moon. On roads fraught with danger, she discovers Earth is a bigger place than she ever imagined, but Serenitatis is little more than a prison colony. Ella forges unlikely friendships with corrupted androids and the quixotic prison doctor, Ian Whitlatch, who champions equality and rights for inmates. Amid corruption and nobility, tragedy and victory, the fate of the colony hangs precariously in the balance.
Guizzetti blends exceptional realism and authenticity with intricate plotting and a remarkable cast of characters who endeavor to create a utopia on The Light Side of the Moon.
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About the Author
A life-long Washingtonian, Guizzetti was born in Coupe- ville, Whidbey Island. When she was four years old, her family moved to Bremerton. Even at a young age, she was an imaginative adventurer who enjoyed exploring the ev- ergreen woods near her childhood home with her siblings and dogs in tow.
Currently, Guizzetti and her husband live in Seattle with their two poodles. When not writing, she enjoys hiking, birdwatching, and photographing the Cascades and shore- lines of the Puget Sound.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Because of this book, and the knowledge that it's part of a series, I now must go back and read the previous book. I must admit, my ventures in to science fiction normally bordered the lines of Doctor Who, Star Wars, Halo and Doom. This was the first time in quite a while that I took on a book such as The Light Side of the Moon. I'm happy I did. Elizabeth Guizzetti has broadened my horizons and showed me, I can actually take the time to fly to realistic galaxies and even work on the moon. Ha! Who'da thunk it? The Light Side of the Moon is as realistic as it gets with real science fiction, taking on the environmental issues such as one I'd recently discovered: jellyfish! Now I don't remember it mentioned the Nomura jellyfish or not, but studies have shown that they are dominating the Japanese oceans and BAM! Guizzetti mention's that in this book! There are nanites repairing the ozone, androids are considered humans! What? And it's realistic because it's happening now; why can't it reach near perfection by 3026? There are three main characters in this book, with many side characters that build them, and each is on a journey of sorts. There's Ellie who simply wants to be free, Ian who is doing his darndest to escape his father's medical shadow and be his own man, and there's Rosalind, The EC302 android who's considered human and looking to Evolve. Each is looking for a sort of perfect life on or beyond the moon, but everyone claims they're foolish, daft, or brave. Either way, it all made for a fascinating read. http://tinyurl.com/ofp8ax7
This was a story set a millennium ahead of present day about a girl's adventure to the moon to live with a new colony that was being established. The story dived into interesting themes like the struggles of starting with nothing and being able to make the best of difficult situations. It was interesting that even with robots, robot pollinators, universal currencies, space ships and space tethers that there were also present day themes like, love, religion even in a technological advanced society. There was still a divide between the rich and the poor. There were still people performing criminal acts. Humans were no further ahead as they are now when it comes to the themes just mentioned and there were still illnesses, causing death and without a cure. I enjoyed the twists and turns and loved how the story had elements of surprise. Some things that I wanted to know more about was the control or eradication of the illness that earth had struggled with and the moon colony was working to control and in the very beginning of the story the mention of the gifted and able bodied being recruited to live on another planet, new Eden. I had assumed that Ellie's story would come full circle with learning more about what had happened to the other colony. I loved reading about Ellie. She is an inspirational character. This is a story about overcoming the odds and persevering.
I haven’t read much science fiction lately. The last couple of novels I read in this genre ranged from mediocre to ridiculous. But I had read Ms. Guizzetti’s debut novel and enjoyed it so I knew I had to give her second novel a try. And I was not disappointed! Ms. Guizzetti has single-handedly restored my interest in the science fiction genre. When it’s done well, it’s gripping. The Light Side of the Moon is more than gripping – it’s soulful and memorable. The story moved forward at just the right pace for my tastes. Creating believable science fiction is an epic undertaking and Ms. Guizzetti pulled it off flawlessly. I found the characters well-defined and their motivations detailed. Above all, I could relate to the characters. I felt their emotions, the full gamut of them from despair to hope and doubt to determination, as though they were my own. Their struggles and fates mattered to me. I rooted for them as I would for my closest friends. Bottom line: I highly recommend The Light Side of the Moon, and not just for science fiction lovers but for anyone who enjoys a brilliantly crafted story.