Review: Luna: Wolf Moon (Luna, #2) by Ian McDonald

Attention, this review might contain spoilers for Luna: New Moon, so if you haven’t read it yet, be aware of that.

After the events of Luna: New Moon the remaining Cortas are spread out over the moon, in hiding or just laying low. But conflicts are still brewing among the Dragons, and the Mackenzies are about to have a war at their hands. Meanwhile, Lucas Corta embarks on a journey that should be impossible.

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I immediately ordered this after I had finished Luna: New Moon because I loved that story so much and I was not disappointed.

Luna: Wolf Moon still follows Marina Calzaghe as she’s working for and living with Ariel Corta, as well as Robson Corta-Mackenzie, Wagner Corta and Lucas Corta. But it also introduces new characters. Some of the Mackenzies we get to see have only had rather small roles in the first book, and we’re also introduced to a Corta we have never seen before.

There is a lot less introduction of new concepts in this book than in Luna: New Moon, but some of the ideas are explored more in depth, and the mere existence of everything we already know continues to make the world feel complex and realistic in my opinion.

Once again, romance is a part of the plot, but not overly so. There’s love and sex, and very different types of relationships, but they never threaten to overwhelm the main plot. I absolutely loved that, and some of the relationships were actually kind of surprising.

The one thing I did not exactly like was the ending. Not in terms of plot and story, but it felt really unresolved to me. Now this is obviously personal preference but I prefer there to be at least some resolution to the story, especially in a book that’s supposed to be the last in the series. Since this is a duology, at least going by Goodreads, the ending as it is feels just a little open to me, even though it really isn’t. I know, I’m contradicting myself here, but one is just my gut feeling, while the other is my brain, I guess for me the answer is kind of in between the two. Rationally it is wrapped up very well, with no loose ends remaining. I guess, my gut just wants to tell me that I really like this world and would love to read more about it.

Overall I loved this book, and I loved how well it continued the story from the first book.

Rating: ★★★★★ (5 Stars)

Additional Information

Goodreads

Publication Date: 23 March 2017
Publisher: Gollancz
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 400
Genre: Science Fiction
ISBN: 9781473202269

Summary:

Corta Helio, one of the five family corporations that rule the Moon, has fallen. Its riches are divided up among its many enemies, its survivors scattered. Eighteen months have passed. The remaining Helio children, Lucasinho and Luna, are under the protection of the powerful Asamoahs, while Robson, still reeling from witnessing his parent’s violent deaths, is now a ward – virtually a hostage – of Mackenzie Metals. And the last appointed heir, Lucas, has vanished from the surface of the moon. Only Lady Sun, dowager of Taiyang, suspects that Lucas Corta is not dead, and – more to the point – that he is still a major player in the game. After all, Lucas always was a schemer, and even in death, he would go to any lengths to take back everything and build a new Corta Helio, more powerful than before. But Corta Helio needs allies, and to find them, the fleeing son undertakes an audacious, impossible journey – to Earth. In an unstable lunar environment, the shifting loyalties and political machinations of each family reach the zenith of their most fertile plots as outright war between the families erupts.

(Source: Goodreads.com)

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