The Moon and the Other
Booklist Reviews 2017 February #2
It is the middle of the twenty-second century, and humanity has spread to colonize the solar system. The moon houses more than three-million people in almost two-dozen separate city-state-style colonies. Political turmoil is brewing in the most secretive of these enclosed nations, the Society of Cousins, where men do not have the right to vote. Factions argue over the future course of their society, and the leadership advocates an even more withdrawn and secretive nature from the rest of the moon. Those who have escaped or have been exiled from the Cousins try to bring the plight of men in their homeland to light and share the vast technological advances that the Cousins now hold secret. As the society boils over, the overseeing council of all lunar states sends a fact-finding mission whose findings spark outrage and concern, igniting the first Lunar War. Kessel has crafted a compelling and complex tale, full of social commentary and thought-provoking dire warnings of a perilous future. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.