MoonRush, by Carolyn McCray and Ben Hopkin, is a near future space adventure with plenty of wild action. This science fiction story is all fiction and not very much science.
I went into this book not expecting much, as it was a free book on Kindle, and is currently a very low-priced eBook. Unfortunately, this suffers from many problems that independently published books sometimes have. I had no problems with the editing, other than a handful of misspelled words. I think this is the longest eBook I’ve read so far. This made it difficult for me to finish quickly, for more than one reason. I think the biggest reason is that I just couldn’t read it for long periods of time before I wanted to quit and do something else. Why? Keep reading.
The story itself is pretty straightforward. There are bunch of people looking to get rich quickly by going to the moon and finding valuable space diamonds while being chased by more than one bad guy. The action is non-stop. There is no downtime in this book. Action leads to more action, and they’re constantly moving. The action is reasonably well described, although it is often cartoonish and a bit unrealistic. As this is science fiction, I was expecting some kind of adherence to science. I didn’t get that. There are so many things wrong with the science in this book I don’t know where to start. I studied physics and astronomy in university, so this was hard for me to ignore. This is one of the reasons I couldn’t really enjoy this book. Another reason is that the narrative is filled with slang and cliche. I just don’t enjoy that kind of style of writing. It felt more like a sitcom crossed with anime. It really felt like an anime movie in book form. Maybe that’ll appeal to some people.
The characters are all common stereotypical characters you’d find in some adventure stories. Jarod, the reckless leader who can’t stop cracking jokes. Rob, his eager and reckless nephew with a knack for mechanics. Cleo, the worrying mother type who can never relax and just constantly nags. Buton, the extremely intelligent scientist who is never wrong. Gil, the greedy rival who has connections. Dr. Weigner, the evil scientists who will do anything to succeed. There are more characters, but they all have one thing in common: they all seem to have little to no development. I also can’t take them seriously because they don’t seem like real people.
The setting is occasionally not described very well. At times, I’m wondering if they’re wearing space suits because of the way some locations are described. I don’t know if there are airlocks for some of the buildings on the moon. I just didn’t get a good enough picture of what I was trying to imagine.
Overall, I just couldn’t get into the book. I didn’t feel for the characters, I didn’t particularly like the writing style, and I felt like I couldn’t take anything seriously at all. Because of the nature of the writing, any suspense in the book didn’t create any kind of tension. I don’t mean to say this is a bad book. It’s not. It’s mediocre, in my opinion. Others may enjoy this book if they can suspend their disbelief in regards to the lack of scientific accuracy. It has good action, is fast-paced, and should be a fun read for many people. But my scientific background just won’t let me enjoy it as much.
I understand there’s a sequel in the works, called MarsRush. Not sure if I’ll read it.
I give this 2 stars out of 5. Not bad, but not great. Recommended for fans of action-packed adventure who don’t want a serious story.