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Sol is the month between June and July on the thirteen-month Moon calendar. It's the only time teenagers have to themselves between rigorous scientific training and their ultimate lab assignments in their colony on the Moon. Their families emigrated from Earth to build better lives; but life on the Moon is far from perfect, as Uma learns on the eve of Sol. Uma meets an Eart Sol is the month between June and July on the thirteen-month Moon calendar. It's the only time teenagers have to themselves between rigorous scientific training and their ultimate lab assignments in their colony on the Moon. Their families emigrated from Earth to build better lives; but life on the Moon is far from perfect, as Uma learns on the eve of Sol. Uma meets an Earthen girl who becomes a fast friend, and much more. What Uma doesn't know is that the girl is assigned to infect Uma with a plague that a rogue faction of Earthen scientists hope will wipe out Moon soldiers. Will Uma be the cause of a pandemic? Whom can she trust, and moreover, whom does she love?


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Sol is the month between June and July on the thirteen-month Moon calendar. It's the only time teenagers have to themselves between rigorous scientific training and their ultimate lab assignments in their colony on the Moon. Their families emigrated from Earth to build better lives; but life on the Moon is far from perfect, as Uma learns on the eve of Sol. Uma meets an Eart Sol is the month between June and July on the thirteen-month Moon calendar. It's the only time teenagers have to themselves between rigorous scientific training and their ultimate lab assignments in their colony on the Moon. Their families emigrated from Earth to build better lives; but life on the Moon is far from perfect, as Uma learns on the eve of Sol. Uma meets an Earthen girl who becomes a fast friend, and much more. What Uma doesn't know is that the girl is assigned to infect Uma with a plague that a rogue faction of Earthen scientists hope will wipe out Moon soldiers. Will Uma be the cause of a pandemic? Whom can she trust, and moreover, whom does she love?

49 review for SuperMoon

  1. 4 out of 5

    Yusra ✨

    sO like I’m only here for H.A. cause she surprised me with her book “Gifted” and I mean space and shit

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rachael

    you ever see a book and think "this looks really kind of weird" but then you look a little closer and you're like,,,,, "I'm going to read this aren't I"

  3. 4 out of 5

    K8

    Aight. This one was just kind of goofy and amateurish and blah. I honestly don't know if I can scrounge up the energy for a real review. – There are some really good lines and descriptions – ExploroBot subplot is actually pretty metal, holy shit – The sheer dedication to the brainless terminology – ... The brainless terminology – Similar voices in all three POV characters – Castor offers nothing as a POV character – Annoying protagonists – Annoying antagonists – Info dumps galore – Seriously, the characte Aight. This one was just kind of goofy and amateurish and blah. I honestly don't know if I can scrounge up the energy for a real review. – There are some really good lines and descriptions – ExploroBot subplot is actually pretty metal, holy shit – The sheer dedication to the brainless terminology – ... The brainless terminology – Similar voices in all three POV characters – Castor offers nothing as a POV character – Annoying protagonists – Annoying antagonists – Info dumps galore – Seriously, the characters literally always explaining everything – I N S T A L O V E – Plot relies on coincidence – Title is a throwaway reference to a single moment with no bearing on plot I wouldn't call SuperMoon a trainwreck: it's not offensively bad. It's more like an earnest craft project gone awry. It's almost cute, in a brainless sort of way. Firstly, the narration issues. I know first person is easier to write in, but in the case of fantasy and sci-fi, it rarely suits the story. It's excellent for contemporary works which focus more on emotion/personal growth/romance. But in SFF there's simply too much world-building involved and the antagonistic force is often another person/entity necessary to keep tabs on in order to build suspense. Following a character in third person doesn't mean they have a character arc, but it does in first person. SuperMoon is told in first person, alternating points of view between Uma, Talitha and Castor. But Castor does not have a character arc. He's just motivation for Talitha. His chapters only exist to cue readers into the antagonist's plans. Quite frankly, it's just a lot dumbass monologing on the villain's part. So there's Uma, Talitha and Castor as POV characters. And they all sound the goddamn same. The voices are identical. I could almost excuse this for the twins. Except the twins are more varied in personality than Uma and Talitha are. Uma and Talitha are dangerously close to being the same goddamn person. Half the time, if they weren't specifically referencing something specific, I forgot who the hell I was reading about. The plot relies heavily on coincidence. Uma's told her flight is cancelled, but someone conveniently forgot to cancel her spot on the shuttle down to earth, so she can still board. Uma and Talitha just happen to run into each other. Someone just conveniently arrives at the right moment. The list goes on and on and on. It's boring as hell. She also spends much too much time on unnecessary set-up details my brain kept skimming over. The thing is, the author's writing would be rather readable -- if it wasn't full of info-dumping, unnecessary conversations and the characters explaining everything. To death. All the goddamned time. And they're not particularly enjoyable characters to read about. They've all got a sort of got that overexcitable, generic vibe protagonist written by a well-meaning but inexperienced authors have. They're poorly defined (especially the girls, who are basically interchangeable) and in trying to make them generically likeable, they wind up annoying and without a reason to root for them. They're impossible to connect to. And it absolutely does not help that Talitha and Uma fall in Instalove. Uuuuugh. They've known each other less than five days before they're willing to sacrifice shit for each other. Most of that time isn't even the sort of high-stakes situations necessary to build the immediate sort of trust necessary for something approaching that sort of relationship (ie: think Katniss and that dude's reliance on each other in THG). They're just... hanging out. The most annoying character was RayNay. She monologued out her plans for the characters. She did a crazy villain laugh. She's even annoying when she's not antagonizing: In one easy movement, she pushes out of the pool and walks over to a single crystalline bottle of D’Cart VitaJuv Lapis Lazuli Gem Water perfectly positioned on a poolside table ... “Aaaaah! Can you taste that cool, refreshing water?” she asks her followers. “Feel the vitamins and minerals coursing through your veins, revitalizing your internal organs? Mmmmmm. Delicious, right?” Yeeeeeah. When she's not monologuing or laughing at her own jokes or doing that she's having generic exchanges with the protagonists. She yammers about her vision, they call her crazy, rinse and repeat. Ugh. Okay. The terminology. It kills me. The author's dedication to it kills me. SuperMoon is not clever or genre-savvy enough to pull these things off while maintaining a credible story: I squint past Kep’s thotz on my Lenz to study Dr. Fornax... I raise both eyebrows at Kep. We are the future. Gad help us all. ... for some reason—maybe the dry MUSC air—I’m prone to ear and eye infections so I can’t use an iEye or HearEar ... “You have any food for him?” my brother asks. I search my pockets. “Just some Mango Bango Oink Oink Jerky I found inside an old SelfServ on Santa Monica Avenue.” He shrugs. “Nothing special. A few days of SimuSkiing on the surface, hitting TourEsa casinos with some guys, then lying around at a SimuBeach.” I look down at my hands and wonder what they’ll be used for once I get my LWA. Cleaning space toilets? No. CleanerBots do that. When I was little, I’d curl into her lap at night when my parents were down in the mines because they didn’t trust a NanniBot to take care of me. ... but as soon as I near the vestibule of Dr. Fornax’s workspace, a VirtuVoice connects to my Stream and says, Welcome, Uma Jemison. Dr. Fornax is expecting you. The AutoWalk diverts me, and a door wheeshes open ... I dab the iEye contact lens into my right eye, then insert the HearEar bud into the canal of my ear. Next, I slip the TouchCuff onto my wrist. Castor hands me one more thing. “Behold, your Personal Ecosystem Streaming Tech device!” “I hate these PESTs.” I follow Castor up to the edge of the bush and peek through the branches at the line of AlphaZonian CelebriStreamers snaking from their AutoPods to the Palace portico, PESTs swarming around their heads. As with all of these events, a high-intensity viewing ensemble of Wastelanders hired for the day to act like fans adds frenzy to the air. The Yoobies strut through the HIVE, waving and blowing kisses, live-streaming every minute of their lives. I augment Squeegee Bop with rainbows farting from his butt in rhythm to the music on the Stream. In a stroke of luck, Lil Cutie Wootie calls out her massively popular catchphrase of the week, “Well, slap my ass and call me Jimmy, I’m happy as poop on a stick!” Within seconds, the rivulet I created has caught on. An InstaMeme is born. From the sky, glittering, glowing D’Cart product holos rain down on the crowd. Individually wrapped Strawberry ScrumCrumpets. Pappy’s Pineapple Papaya Elixir. Lightening Smile Teeth Whitening Wands. Diamond-Tipped ExfoliLasers. Torso Toner Compression T-shirts. Dragonfly Drones. Neat Meat Multi-Use Eating Tools. (Oh, god, I almost forgot about all the door's wheeshing opening.) Annnnd then there's Castor and Talitha's "twin language": He whips around. “Or maybe you’re just too cautious, rywor tar.” “Wolflo em.” He grabs my hand, and, as always, I follow him, just like he asks. “Fine, you toidi,” I grouse. He is the mirror image of me. “It’ll be okay. Meprosi!” “Latihat, kewa pu,” Castor whispers in their strange twin language. (Thankfully, they're not together often.) I don't know what to say about representation. There are a few characters of colour, Uma included, but they're not connected to any culture or ethnicity. There's Uma and Talitha's relationship, but no one says gay or lesbian or queer or anything ever. The closest is when another character calls Talitha a "lesbo" in one scene. The author also seems to have some kind of weird hate-on for Millennials, the yoobies are some kind of misconceived stand-in for?: ... but the Yoobies barely seem to notice. As long as they continue to receive their universal basic incomes, they’ll Stream and party and create endless meaningless memes as trash piles in the streets around them. Then there's the ExploroBot program. The ExploroBots are "repurposed" critically wounded earth soldiers. They're too wounded to live without extreme technological intervention, money most people don't have, so it's easier to sell their bodies to MUSC, where they're geared up and moon inhabitants connect to their bodies through brainchips to do work on the outside of the colony. It's actually really interesting and shows a lot of promise, but it's never really explored beyond a general "It's bad? Fix it maybe?" At the end of the day, Supermoon just really isn't worth it. It's not offensively bad, but at no point was it enjoyable, either.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kait

    I rarely DNF books, but I'm quitting this one around 50%. Super slow plot, paper thin characters, chintzy worldbuilding, themes thrown in your face... None of this worked for me. Since I didn't get the full scope of the book, I'll refrain from rating.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kara

    This was...not good. The world building was super nonsensical, and the writing was stilted and gimmicky, trying to hard to sound like a teen voice but never coming even remotely close. I DNFed this at like 23%. This is the second book of this author's that I have hated, so I'm done. From what I read of the book, it was diverse and was building up to a lovely f/f relationship, bu tthat wasn't enough for me to keep going. I didn't read enough to definitively say the rep was good, but I'm one starr This was...not good. The world building was super nonsensical, and the writing was stilted and gimmicky, trying to hard to sound like a teen voice but never coming even remotely close. I DNFed this at like 23%. This is the second book of this author's that I have hated, so I'm done. From what I read of the book, it was diverse and was building up to a lovely f/f relationship, bu tthat wasn't enough for me to keep going. I didn't read enough to definitively say the rep was good, but I'm one starring because the writing and world building were that bad.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Alexa Hamilton

    I'm always in for sci fi with a moon colony. And this future has not only a moon colony but also some very interesting issues that have popped up on earth...thus necessitating the moon colony that Uma lives on. There's tension because Uma is an earthling on the moon, versus those who have been born there into families who have lived there longer. So...that's a bit of immigrant issues. There's also Uma coming to terms with her attraction to girls and her wish to go to earth. Of course, she has to I'm always in for sci fi with a moon colony. And this future has not only a moon colony but also some very interesting issues that have popped up on earth...thus necessitating the moon colony that Uma lives on. There's tension because Uma is an earthling on the moon, versus those who have been born there into families who have lived there longer. So...that's a bit of immigrant issues. There's also Uma coming to terms with her attraction to girls and her wish to go to earth. Of course, she has to go to earth to give us the full picture of the world. I wasn't nearly as taken with the end as with the beginning, but I will admit that it really did wrap up nicely, maybe too nicely for my taste. That said, the whole book provided a fairly deep dive into this potential future world which covered a lot of really all too possible issues.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jenni Frencham

    I wanted to enjoy this book, truly I did, but the story's beginning makes it sound like one of the Maximum Ride books with the Very Important Environmental Message embedded in it. I could not sympathize with the main character or become invested in her story, which is unfortunate as I think the premise is really interesting.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Carolina

    On the surface this book sounds so ideal: space exploration, science, two girls falling in love... but it really missed the mark for me. The world building felt like too much info dump and not enough at the same time. I never really felt invested in the main characters.

  9. 4 out of 5

    smoreads

    For SLJ

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn D. Brattebo

    Out of this world! This book was a great summer read. I really enjoyed the characters and the science behind some of the cool tech in the story!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Reagan Elly

  12. 4 out of 5

    Da Beattie

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sean

  14. 5 out of 5

    Anne

  15. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea

  16. 5 out of 5

    Gregory Taylor

  17. 4 out of 5

    Alana

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jadin

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ray Tayek

  20. 5 out of 5

    Caro

  21. 4 out of 5

    SB

  22. 5 out of 5

    JoNetta

  23. 4 out of 5

    Creeperox Nation

  24. 5 out of 5

    Fallon

  25. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lila (Hardcover Haven)

  27. 5 out of 5

    Gracie Liberty

  28. 4 out of 5

    ~*~Meg~*~

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔

  31. 5 out of 5

    Ashton

  32. 5 out of 5

    Amber Brown

  33. 5 out of 5

    Emi

  34. 5 out of 5

    Day

  35. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Burgard

  36. 5 out of 5

    Rainbowheart

  37. 5 out of 5

    Katerina Kondrenko

  38. 5 out of 5

    Anne

  39. 5 out of 5

    Anna

  40. 5 out of 5

    Lynne ♠ The Book Dragon ♠

  41. 4 out of 5

    Eleanor

  42. 4 out of 5

    Daiane

  43. 4 out of 5

    Teddy Elizabeth

  44. 5 out of 5

    Shante' Johnson

  45. 5 out of 5

    Jess

  46. 4 out of 5

    Vicki Stevens

  47. 4 out of 5

    ♠️ Tabi = 타비 ♠️

  48. 4 out of 5

    Noa

  49. 4 out of 5

    Igrowastreesgrow

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