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A Grey Moon Over China

by Thomas A. Day

     

The future has come and is not pretty.

Twenty years into our future, the Earthís economy is collapsing as energy resources become exhausted and coalitions of nations newly formed fight each other for survival.

Eduardo Torres, an illegal Latino immigrant trained as an engineer by the American military and now serving in an elite unit in the Pacific, stumbles upon a new source of energy (the cell). The cell, he realizes, could solve Earth's problems or buy him a way to reach the stars.

Eduardo, who is trying to run away from his past, steals the cell and uses it in a massive underground operation to build space ships. He sends them into space driven by drones programmed to turn promising planets into new Earths. But when, years later, one of the drones returns and the humans follow it into space, the conditions they encounter on the planets are much harder than they expected. And the drones are gone, leaving them to cope on their own.

Even worse, the wars they thought to leave behind have followed them, threatening to destroy all Eduardo has tried to achieve. Torres, who thought he had nothing to lose, is about to learn what it is to lose it all.

As in the best science fiction stories, by pitting man against machines, Grey Moon Over China raises the question of what makes us human, and shakes our beliefs as it answers it.

Technologically smart and written in a haunting, lyrical prose, Grey Moon Over China recounts both an epic trek to the stars and an intimate journey into a manís soul.

The Book

Tor / Macmillan
May 2009
Hardcover
978-0-7653-2142-8 / 0-7653-2142-4
SF
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The Reviewer

Carmen Ferreiro
Reviewed 2009
NOTE: Reviewer Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban is author of the award-winning YA fantasy novel Two Moon Princess [2007], recipient of the ForeWord Magazine Bronze Award for Juvenile Fiction. Its sequel, The King in the Stone, is scheduled to be published in 2010.
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