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A Grey Moon Over China

3.37  ·  Rating Details ·  104 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
Army engineer Eduardo Torres is caught up in the world’s raging oil wars when he stumbles onto the plans for a quantum-energy battery. This remarkable device could slow civilization’s inevitable descent into environmental disaster, but Torres has other plans. Forming a private army, he uses the device to revive an abandoned space colonization effort in an ambitious campaig ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published May 12th 2009 by Tor Books (first published October 1st 2006)
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May 04, 2011 Whitaker rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Whitaker by: Ian Foster
This is the way the world ends.

There’re bad end-of-world books (*cough*The Stand*cough*), and there’re good ones. And then there’s A Grey Moon over China. If you want a plausible description of the geopolitical machinations if we were ever to discover an inexhaustible source of energy and a way to the nearest habitable planet, this book is it.

It takes very seriously the simple geopolitical truth that countries and leaders are not evil, are not good. They are often simply people, frightened and
When I read A Grey Moon Over China I believed it had the potential to become the most important and/or influential sci-fi book in a generation. I know our society is littered with the trash of ubiquitous hyperbole but I wasn't trying to exaggerage; I really believed this book had that kind of potential. It's the sort of book that can leave the reader a little jacked up for months afterward, and indeed it took me several months to put into words my thoughts and feelings on what I found to be a ra ...more
It's a shame this book did not get more buzz. It will, I believe, become a classic of science fiction in the future. It's almost an old-school SF tale of epic wars and interstellar colonization and space battles and a frightening inhuman adversary, but the grim near-future setting resonates with the anxieties we feel today. Oil wars and environmental catastrophes are what drive the main characters to flee Earth, but they bring all of Earth's troubles with them, and find space is no more hospitab ...more
May 19, 2009 Stefan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
"A Grey Moon Over China" is a solid and well-executed debut novel. Main character and narrator Ed Torres is a soldier in the ongoing oil and energy wars of the early 21st century on Earth. During an amazing military maneuver (which you have to read to believe), he accidentally gets access to a scientific secret that can solve all of the planet's energy problems, but rather than share it with the world, he uses it to fund and launch a space exploration and colonization effort.
The set-up and execu
Sep 23, 2009 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Grey Moon Over China is near future sci-fi epic with a surprisingly intimate touch that constantly wars with broader scope. It is a struggle that at times makes for an engrossing read and at other times makes for a difficult read. In the near future of this novel Earth is shattered by wars and environment ruin. While people go on about their daily lives the endless war and violence takes its toll. One soldier, Edward Torres, tired of war and violence and look for a peaceful life and quiet plac ...more
I've read this book twice now and loved it even more the second time through. For now, I'll leave my review of my first reading intact on the other hardcover edition. I'm thinking of writing another review soon to put here. Is it bad to have two reviews floating around? It's just that everything I wrote in the prior review is still true as far as it goes, but my experience reading the book the second time is sufficiently different to warrant a new perspective.
David Jones
Jun 26, 2012 David Jones rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A slow, dreary trudge to a gloomy and unsatisfying ending.
Oct 28, 2009 Gene rated it really liked it
The most sobering sci-fi I've read in a long time. Bleak, cold, and mean. Made New Caprica seem like Cancun. I cannot wait for Day's next novel.
Bob Nolin
Jul 12, 2016 Bob Nolin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, what a book! I can't believe this book didn't win big awards and sell millions of copies, it's so good. Not perfect--some troubling logic problems--but great nevertheless. It really makes you think about who we are as a species, and what it means to be human. Other reviewers have said they found it depressing or overly dark, but I didn't find it that way at all. It's realistic. This ain't no disco, no foolin' around, no Hollywood movie ending. And it's no clean-shaven spit and polish NASA m ...more
Graham Crawford
This is not a badly written book, but this author is on a diametrically opposing wavelength to me. He goes into long detail about military logistics and procedure and his big picture world building is cursory and fragile. His characters are differentiated only by how many points they score on the scale for socio-paths. Dialogue mostly amounts to status meeting jargon and deteriorates into pissing contests. War is ugly, humans are stupid and we are all going to die slowly. The world ends with a w ...more
Apr 10, 2011 Kevin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I realize I have a problem with a lot of modern science fiction, which may be why I don’t read a whole lot of it. So many authors through you into this world they’ve created, no explanation, no description of the technology they’ve invented or the acronyms characters use. Would it hurt them to have a couple paragraphs of explication? Take this novel. It’s some time in the future, there’s a war going on, not sure between who or over what, but it seems to be about oil. All kinds of technology bein ...more
Feb 15, 2015 Dana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopian
This book had some really interesting premises. But the writing was just ... off. There was never any sense of urgency, so much so that when something actually did happen, there was no build-up, and I found myself re-reading the paragraph just to make sure I'd really read what happened. There is only one character that has any range of emotion at all, and "she's crazy". The two main male characters - one is the narrator, one the antagonist - are also flat characters. The narrator is the supposed ...more
Brad Wheeler
This should've been a better book than it was. The the setting, a bleak vision of the future, was consistent and interesting, and the characters were mostly well-developed. The plot, on the other hand, needed serious work. A lot of the plot developments were jarring and unbelievable, and the central conceit of the book's first third was so unrealistic as to be utterly laughable. I'd read Day's next book, but I wouldn't recommend this one to anybody.
Jul 09, 2008 Mitzi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the best science fiction book I've read in a long time. Day starts right in at the action and brings you in with it. There is everything you want in sci-fi--space, drones, war, girls in cat suits, allegorical comments on society and an impossible twist at the end that makes you desperate to talk to someone about. So someone read this and we'll talk.
Kelly Flanagan
Aug 06, 2013 Kelly Flanagan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Grey moon over China is overwhelming. read this book in almost one sitting. I couldn't stop reading it. Although most of the characters aren't extremely likable, they are real people whoo grow and change for the most part. A couple characters didn't. Polaski most of all. But that may have just been his schizo ways.
I can't add more without spoilers so I'll leave it at that.
Fx Smeets
A lot of effort has been given to the realistic description of future technology - too much effort to my taste, actually. A Grey Moon Over China is the typical example of how science can overwhelm fiction. The result is undeniably clever and well read, but through these detailed explanations the plot looses strength, tension and drive. I expect Thomas A. Day to improve in his subsequent novels.
Sep 09, 2009 Carla rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The action in this book was pretty much non-existent. The pace was incredibly slow. It skipped huge periods of time with barely a mention of their passing. Not the worst book I've read this year, but I certainly didn't like it.
Andrew Elliot

I was into the book overall and I think I might have even come out liking it had (view spoiler)
Jun 26, 2007 Jonathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
INCREDIBLY technical, which is not something i always look for, but given the author's background i thought it was a real asset.

I was most impressed with how far into the future the scope of the story moved. An incredibly realistic (however distant) vision of the future.

Mar 14, 2011 Steve rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting but had to follow.
May 29, 2013 Megan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Interesting take on sci fi colonization. The drones part was more interesting than the rest though.
Stanley Costkow
Sep 16, 2012 Stanley Costkow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great read. I am looking forward to more by this author.
T. Peter
T. Peter rated it it was amazing
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Thomas A. Day was born in Bremen, Germany and raised on diplomatic posts around the world, including in Berlin, Chile, and the Middle East. Educated in the sciences, technology and business, he has worked as a senior manager in the aerospace industry, a now-and-again nighttime cargo pilot, and a freelance software developer in the artificial intelligence field. He currently works as a forensic sof ...more
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