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Luna: New Moon (Luna #1)

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  2,305 Ratings  ·  481 Reviews
The Moon wants to kill you.

Maybe it will kill you when the per diem for your allotted food, water, and air runs out, just before you hit paydirt. Maybe it will kill you when you are trapped between the reigning corporations-the Five Dragons-in a foolish gamble against a futuristic feudal society. On the Moon, you must fight for every inch you want to gain. And that is jus
Hardcover, 398 pages
Published September 22nd 2015 by Tor Books (first published September 17th 2015)
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
Nov 12, 2015 Mogsy (MMOGC) rated it really liked it
4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

If you can imagine the Starks and Lannisters as two rival families with competing mining operations on the moon, I daresay the situation might look a lot like the plot of Luna: New Moon. I can’t remember the last time I read a sci-fi novel featuring a richer and more compelling premise, and I am also amazed that the characters are all so developed and well-defined. Where do I even begin when it comes to the many things I
Dec 08, 2015 Brad rated it it was amazing
All right! What an ending! I won't spoil it, but it's one hell of a satisfying ride.

As I read it, I kept saying to myself, "Damn! This was MADE for HBO. (Or Showtime.) This could be done Brilliantly as a well-funded high-quality production. Hell, this would be even better than GoT, and not only because it's SF instead of F! It's full of glitz, sex, the weight of history, capitalism, and tradition, not to mention all the sprinkling of assassinations and attempted assassinations to liven the party
Jan 25, 2016 Kemper rated it liked it
"When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza-pie...That’s amore!"

Dean Martin certainly sang how we see the the moon here on Earth. It’s a brilliant light in the night sky that is the symbol of romance as well as a tantalizing beacon of wonder and discovery that inspired one the greatest scientific and engineering achievements in human history. However, that’s looking at it from a distance. On closer examination it’s a lifeless hunk of rock in a vacuum that is irradiated constantly by the sun. A
Tamora Pierce
Jan 28, 2016 Tamora Pierce rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sf, adult
When my assistant brought this book home as part of her grad school semester reading, I thought I'd give it a try, remembering how much I liked the author's RIVER OF GODS a couple of years ago. Now I have to say that McDonald is one of the best world builders I've ever read.

This is about the colonization of the moon by industrial entrepreneurs who supply an energy-short Earth where jobs for human beings are scarce and expensive higher education is needed for anyone to get ahead. The cast of char
Jul 06, 2016 Mangrii rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nos situamos en una luna que posee una sociedad completamente ya establecida en un futuro indefinido. Cinco familias pioneras en la explotación de los recursos, conocidos como los Cinco Dragones, ejercen un control sobre los territorios colonizados y parte de la población, mientras que de forma oculta y paralela existe una lucha de poder con intrigas, alianzas y traiciones por doquier. La novela se centra en la familia Corta y en su encarnizada lucha por el poder económico en la Luna, los cuales ...more
Brilliant!! I devoured this book over a few days, skipping television and movie options to just immerse myself into the low gravity. I'm still depressurizing.

I've seen this book called "Game of Thrones in Space", and I'd have to say not so much. Only in the sense that it would make a fantastic series on HBO which would compare. I've also seen it compared to "Dallas", and there is a bit of that, but the most accurate comparison is easily The Godfather. That book/movie's sense of family and surviv
“Nothing tells you that you are not on Earth anymore than exhaling at one price and inhaling at another.”

This is easily my book of the year - and so late! Truly, it is the most well-written, intriguing, believable, unique science fiction I have read in a long time, let alone this year - and it is an absolute roller coaster to boot.

Luna: New Moon (the first in a duology!!! Hooray for short and sweet series!) follows the lives of the Corta family - a lunar Brazilian dynasty whose fortune is bu
Alexander Páez
Dec 15, 2015 Alexander Páez rated it it was amazing
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Una portada. Sí, una simple portada fue lo que me llevó a comprar Luna: New Moon de Ian McDonald. Curioso que dejándome llevar por una portada (y, alguna que otra recomendación) haya caído en una de las mejores novelas de ciencia ficción que he leído nunca y entre mis tres o cuatro mejores lecturas de este año. Ian McDonald es un autor de ciencia ficción veterano, y muy conocido entre los lectores asiduos de este género. No en mi caso, ya que esta ha sido mi primera toma de conta
3.5 stars, rounded up.

The comparisons for Luna: New Moon are seemingly endless: Tai-Pan, Noble House, A Game of Thrones, The Godfather, Dune, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress (although instead of Heinlein's lunar utopia, Luna is a lunar dystopia). Just like these classics, the Mafia-styled families are doing all they can to increase their wealth and holdings at the expense of everyone else.

As in his book, Brasyl, which is set in a future South America, McDonald uses Brazilians as his main characters
Jan 04, 2016 Justine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
"The might and magic of money is not what it allows you to own; it is what it allows you to be. Money is freedom."

Truer words were never spoken. People left Earth looking for a new kind of freedom and frontier, not wanting to be constrained by old ideas. On the moon, anything goes, for a price: offer, acceptance and consideration. The only law is the law of contract, enforced by courts and if necessary in bloody trials by combat. In effect, everything is freely available, but nothing comes witho
Aug 31, 2016 Jeraviz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Recomiendo empezar a leer este libro sin haber leído ninguna reseña. Así que si todavía no lo has hecho deja de leer esto y ponte a leerla.

Digo esto porque he leído multitud de referencias relativas a este libro: que si el Juego de Tronos de la Luna, que si Dinastía, o Dune. Y claro, empiezas a leerlo con más hype que un friki en el estreno de La Amenaza Fantasma. Y claro, como les pasó a todos esos frikis, te chocas con la realidad.
En esta ocasión con un estilo narrativo muy particular, multit
Dec 16, 2015 Robyn rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
This one is hard for me to evaluate. I did not click with the story at all for a good third of the book, although the last third was pretty fantastic. The tech was brilliantly imagined and I appreciated how well thought out the science was (to my untrained eye). I loved some of the characters. Where I didn't enjoy it was exactly why many have loved it - the much acclaimed grittiness just didn't do it for me. Many of the societal structures McDonald imagines, especially the endless parties, didn' ...more
Jonathan Strahan
Jun 08, 2015 Jonathan Strahan rated it it was amazing
Basically The Moon is a Very, Very Harsh Mistress, Luna: First Moon is the opening salvo in a pair of novels set on the moon in the not too distant future. Smart, funny, passionate and at times quite dark, McDonald brings the touch we've seen in River of Gods and Dervish House to an entirely new culture as it evolves in a distant hostile place where business or family rules all. I've seen him describe it as Dallas (the 80s TV show) on the moon, and there is something of that too, with all of the ...more
Nov 22, 2015 Rob rated it it was amazing
...I have pretty much enjoyed everything I have read by McDonald and this novel is no exception. His exuberant writing style from his earlier novels has been tempered a bit, making his more recent books a bit more accessible. Luna: New Moon is a book that walks the fine line between exuberance and discipline both in the plot and linguistically. It is a book of sharp contrasts. Life and death are so close together that there is almost nothing between them. The moon can kill you in seconds and thi ...more
Jul 19, 2016 Javir11 rated it liked it
Al final le he puesto tres estrellas porque dos me parecía demasiado poco, pero si hubiera decimales, creo que 2.75/5 hubiera sido una puntuación más acorde.

Decepcionado es como me he sentido al terminar esta novela. Mis expectativas eran altas y mira que me ha encantado la ambientación Lunar que nos presenta McDonald, pero la trama estilo telefilme malo de antena 3 ha terminado por superarme.

Ni la historia, ni los personajes me han parecido a la altura de la ambientación y es una verdadera pena
Aug 29, 2016 Ignacio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Culebrón autoconsciente y desacomplejado donde destaca el entorno creado por McDonald: una sociedad Lunar que es el sueño húmedo de un libertario. Si esto no se pierde de vista, se disfruta.
Daniel Gonzalo
Jul 05, 2016 Daniel Gonzalo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fabulosa, lo mejor del año de momento.
Javier Muñoz
Jun 29, 2016 Javier Muñoz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-sci-fi
Luna. Luna nueva nos introduce en la sociedad de una colonia lunar ya completamente establecida en un futuro indefinido.

Cabe destacar que al contrario que en otras historias en las que se nos habla de colonias controladas por gobiernos nacionales de la tierra o por conglomerados empresariales, en este libro nos encontramos con varias familias pioneras en la explotación de los recursos que ofrece la luna que ejercen un control casi feudal sobre los territorios colonizados y la población, mientras
Jul 05, 2016 Unai rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Como a veces parece que es necesario y en este caso en concreto mi opinión parece contraria a la de la abrumadora mayoría, recuerdo que no hago criticas, ni reseñas, tan solo es mi opinión y comento si me ha gustado algo o no, y si puedo, en la medida de mis posibilidades, el porqué. Y "Luna", no me ha gustado nada y entiendo perfectamente que no esté en muchas de las listas de nominados a premios de ciencia ficción y/o fantasía.

Me ha costado horrores terminarlo y no he entrado en la historia en
Tudor Ciocarlie
Oct 06, 2015 Tudor Ciocarlie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-my-best-of
This is a cross between the War of the Roses and the Godfather I&II that has a great Game of Thrones flavor, but if Martin uses the same old European setting, McDonald creates a wonderful future moon with a well thought and extremely rich texture; and the last third absolutely rocks. Can't wait to read the next volume.
Alfonso Junquera perez
Pues una ligera decepción me he llevado con esta novela de la que esperaba mucho mas. No se si por que hay demasiados personajes, si porque no he conectado con ninguno o porque realmente no me importaba demasiado lo que les pasara. Y eso que el ambiente lunar, la descripción de la tecnología, de los peligros y de la sociedad en esos ambientes cerrados y con el peligro latente constantemente están muy bien. Pero...
Aug 10, 2015 Joe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Disclaimer: I got a free advance reading copy from Gollancz via Netgalley for giving an honest review; which this definitely is.

Luna: New Moon by Ian Mcdonald is a Science Fiction story about the struggles and strife of a new emerging powerful family empire living on The Moon.

Corta-Helio is the newest of the five ‘Dragons’ in Luna society. Each Dragon being a family run empire controlling important resources and infrastructure; think of Mafia families but on the Moon. Adriana Corta is the matria
Христо Блажев
Под земната светлина човечеството започва отначало:

И така. Близкото бъдеще, Земята е минала през тежки икономически кризи, които са оставили безброй хора без работа и са ги захвърлили завинаги в мизерията. Луната е колонизирана бавно и трудно от първопроходници, които не се церемонят много със закони и правила, почти като Дивия Запад, без геноцида над местното население поради липсата на такова. Пет могъщи фамилии, Петте Дракона, успяват да изкласят над о
Jun 24, 2016 Xavi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: llegits-2016
Una de las novelas del año, situada en un escenario espectacular, con un ritmo atractivo y adictivo, con conspiraciones, acción, sexo y mil detalles originales. Tengo muchísimas ganas de leer la continuación.
David Harris
Oct 21, 2015 David Harris rated it it was amazing
I saw this book when it first came out and nearly bought it it but just didn't quite, as with so many books - my TBR pile is really a health and safety nightmare, and I'm trying to train myself not to buy so much. Typical that I should overcompensate and I want to thank Kate of who pressed this book on me and made sure I'd read it.


What. A. Book.

The blurb basically describes this as "The Godfather on the Moon" and I can see that - and that's a pretty goo
Jan 03, 2016 Lindsay rated it it was amazing
A dynastic tale of powerful families that owes something to both the Medicis and Dallas as well as a healthy dose of Game of Thrones.

The Cortas are the newest of the Five Dragons, the most powerful and wealthy entrepreneur families of the fledgling moon civilization. They live in a delicate balance of power within the family itself and with the other great families, including the Corta's main rival, the MacKenzies. The story follows three generations of the Cortas as their matriarch readies hers
Víctor Blanco
Sep 09, 2016 Víctor Blanco rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi

“Oh, aquella mujer dorada que volaba en círculos y atravesaba mis certezas.”

—Adriana Corta

El presente libro arranca ya en la línea de salida con dos sombras agarradas en los tobillos. El primero es compartir título con una de las entregas de la saga Crepúsculo. El segundo es pisarle el terreno a un clásico supremo de la ciencia ficción como es “La luna es una cruel amante”, de Robert A. Heinlein. Novela también ambientada en el satélite, de la que, en mi opinión, Luna Nueva (Luna I) toma las ide
Jordi Balcells
Jul 26, 2016 Jordi Balcells rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spanish, scifi
4,25/5 Grandes ideas, vivos personajes, interesante trama… El estilo es bastante aséptico, eso sí. En cualquier caso, la traducción es impoluta: así da gusto. Pero hoy he decidido dejar que el libro hable por sí mismo:
«Siempre habíamos pensado que el apocalipsis robótico llegaría de la mano de flotas de drones asesinos, mechas de combate del tamaño de bloques de pisos y Terminators de ojos rojos, no de una hilera de cajas de autoservicio en el supermercado de la esquina, de las máquinas expended
Nov 16, 2015 Thomas rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: actual-arse
DNF, got two thirds of the way through. I just didn't particularly care for anyone or anything that was happening, the only character of interest being Marina. That said it's a good book with cool ideas about colonising the moon, and how that would be a stepping stone out into the universe. The world is meticulously built and it felt very grimey. However, I don't care too much for medieval politics in space, nor the huge amounts of sex/sexual scenes. The perspective and tense change constantly a ...more
Dec 10, 2015 Ithil rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Reseña completa en: http://laestanteriadeithil.blogspot.c...

Opinión personal: Luna: New Moon es el primer libro de una bilogía de ciencia ficción ambientada en la Luna. Con un comienzo algo lento y confuso debido a muchos personajes y un trasfondo muy construido y complejo pasa rápidamente a ser una novela muy dinámica, cargada de intrigas, conspiraciones, traiciones, pactos y política. En una sociedad elitista y con una estética muy cuidada, dominada por cinco grandes empresas el libro se centr
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Ian Neil McDonald was born in 1960 in Manchester, England, to an Irish mother and a Scottish father. He moved with his family to Northern Ireland in 1965. He used to live in a house built in the back garden of C. S. Lewis’s childhood home but has since moved to central Belfast, where he now lives, exploring interests like cats, contemplative religion, bonsai, bicycles, and comic-book collecting. H ...more
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“The sense of power, of human ability, was so strong. Many of the men cried. Men are so easily moved.” 4 likes
“Nothing tells you that you are not on Earth anymore than exhaling at one price and inhaling at another.” 3 likes
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