Waiting on Wednesday – The Moon and the Other by John Kessel
Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine to let us share our excitement for books coming out soon.
The Moon and the Other by John Kessel
Published by Saga Press on April 4th 2017
John Kessel, one of the most visionary writers in the field, has created a rich matriarchal utopia, set in the near future on the moon, a society that is flawed by love and sex, and on the brink of a destructive civil war.
In the middle of the twenty-second century, over three million people live in underground cities below the moon’s surface. One city-state, the Society of Cousins, is matriarchy, where men are supported in any career choice, and can have all the sex they want, but no right to vote—and tensions are beginning to flare as outside political intrigues increase.
After participating in a rebellion that caused his mother’s death, Erno has been exiled from the Society of Cousins. Now, he is living in the Society’s rival colony, Persepolis, when he meets and marries Amestris, the defiant daughter of the richest man on the moon.
Mira, a rebellious loner in the Society, creates graffiti videos that challenge the Society’s political domination. She is hopelessly in love with Carey, the exemplar of male privilege. An Olympic champion in low-gravity martial arts and known as the most popular bedmate in the Society, Carey’s more suited to being a boyfriend than a parent, even as he tries to gain custody of his teenage son.
When the Organization of Lunar States sends a team to investigate the condition of men in the Society, Erno sees an opportunity to get rich, Amestris senses an opportunity to escape from her family, Mira has a chance for social change, and Carey can finally become independent of the matriarchy that considers him a perpetual adolescent. But when Society secrets are revealed, the first moon war erupts, and everyone must decide what is truly worth fighting for.
7 thoughts on “Waiting on Wednesday – The Moon and the Other by John Kessel”
This sounds like quite an interesting society. I won’t know if it’s something I would enjoy until I see a few more reviews but the synopsis has piqued my interest. Great choice this week!
Barb (boxermommyreads) recently posted…Can’t Wait Wednesday (93)
Hmmm I’m not sure about this. That blurb is a little confusing to me, not sure it’s for me. But I love that cover! Oh, just checked Goodreads and it’s already on my TBR. What?
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I felt exactly the same reading that blurb.
Evelina recently posted…Miranda and Caliban by Jacqueline Carey
There is always something about Moon-based civilizations that exerts a strong pull on my imagination, so I think this might very well be a great book for me. Thank you so much for pointing it out! 🙂
Maddalena@spaceandsorcery recently posted…Review: REVENGER, by Alastair Reynolds
This could be interesting. I remember seeing this too, but the blurb didn’t grab my interest the first run through, and I wish it had a more eye catching cover.
Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum recently posted…Waiting on Wednesday 02/01/17
The blurb for this one kind of reminds me of The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. They’re probably nothing alike of course. Intriguing. Will probably sit on the fence for a bit with this one.
I’m not sure if this one’s for me, but Saga has been releasing a lot of really good stuff lately so I’ll have to keep an eye out for buzz about it!
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