Friday, August 8, 2014

The Girl They Sold to the Moon - Review

The Girl They Sold to the Moon
Title: The Girl They Sold to the Moon
Author: Chris Stevenson
Release Date:
July 2nd 2014  
Format: Paperback & Ebook
Intrigue Publishing 
Source: complimentary copy from the publisher in exchanghe of an honest review.

Eighteen-year-old Tilly Breedlove's father has sold her into a form of modern day slavery on Luna-the Tranquility Harbor Mining Company, 240,000 miles from home. Family Trade and Loan, an unscrupulous company, is more than willing to take her on and exploit her talent.
Forced to be an exotic dancer, she performs risque shows for the filthy, but filthy rich ore miners--a far cry from her classical and modern dance training. If she isn't resisting obscene advances from bearded "Prairie Dogs," she's fending off jealous head-liner acts who view her as a threat to their status-and when those jealous showgirls say "break a leg," they aim to cause it. The only reprieve she finds in this shop of horrors is a few close ward friends, a sympathetic dance coach/choreographer, and Buddy Gunner Bell, who just might become the love of her life. It's just enough to stem her psychological meltdown.
A tragedy on the Moon base lands Tilly back on Earth. Tilly plots a daring escape plan with her friends. Their plan requires split-second timing and a daring dash. If she can just get past the corporation's airtight security.

I still don't know how I feel about this book. A part of me loves the idea behind the story and enjoyed the light Sci-fi element. However, the other half of me hated some things that were way too predictable and neither did I like the main character.

Let's start with the good. The idea of people pawning their kids for loans is really interesting (not to say hilarious). In a future world, where this is possible, Tilly is sold by her father and is sent to the Moon. There she works as an entertainer, which isn't that bad because she loves dancing and performing.

So far the story is good. It has a good dose of friendship, surviving and the world is well built. Most details are in the right place, the rules and scenarios sound believable. And it also has a little romance despite the rules against fraternize with other wards.

Now, let's go into the things I didn't like. The passing is really fluctuating. We have days that are described with detail and with a fast passing and then we have weeks where nothing happens so the story skip forward with no emotion. Also I found some outcomes really unnecessary, like Fia's true identity. And the escaping plan comes too late for me.

In case you are wondering why I said earlier I didn't like the main character, well… mainly because she never truly becomes the strong young woman the book needs. At first she is presented as an independent girl who is not afraid of speaking her mind. But then she accepts things without questioning them. And she has this rival who is really wicked but only thinks about revenge when Buddy (a sweet guy who is well described) tells her to play fire with fire.

Like I said, the idea is original and very interesting. I think some people will enjoyed this book more than I did.

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