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Chameleon Moon

(Chameleon Moon #1)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  391 ratings  ·  125 reviews
The city of Parole is burning. Like Venice slips into the sea, Parole crumbles into fire.

The entire population inside has been quarantined, cut off from the rest of the world, and left to die - directly over the open flame. Eye in the Sky, a deadly and merciless police force ensures no one escapes. Ever. All that’s keeping Parole alive is faith in the midst of horrors and
Kindle Edition, 2nd Edition, 439 pages
Published October 11th 2016 by Amazon Digital Services (first published October 1st 2014)
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Laura (bbliophile)
Review originally posted on

Excuse my language, but holy fucking shit. This book. It’s so good!!!

I started reading this book back in April, and it took me 3 months to finish. I’m not exactly sure why, but I’m glad that it took me so long. I’m happy I got to spend so much time with the characters and in this world, because I had a wonderful time.

The characters are, in my opinion, the best part of this book. They’re all so real, wonderful, and shit, there are literal tears
Wart Hill
Aug 19, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-review, fantasy, lgbtq
The rep in this book is exactly what I want. Casual queerness. Non binary characters, binary trans characters, gay characters. Just. Characters who HAPPEN TO BE QUEER and it's NBD. It's exactly what I want, especially in speculative fiction.

Unfortunately the book itself fell flat for me. I could not immerse myself in this world. I was bored from the start and I couldn't get into it the entire time. I don't know if it's the POV-shifting - so much head hopping - or what but as much as I wanted to
Jul 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Review of the first edition

I haven’t read a book that wasn’t a romance or at least had a romantic story arc in quite a while and usually, to be honest, they don’t really capture me and, um, I get easily bored. But not so this time. Right from the first page I was totally sucked in by the engaging writing style of the author, by the unusual– and also diverse– cast of characters, and by the mystery that is hidden in every pore of the book. Until the end, the reader is learning and discovering, and
Shira Glassman
Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of queer dystopian, anyone looking for good transfeminine representaton
The setup for Chameleon Moon is that Parole, an American city of unspecified location, has been completely cut off from the rest of the country by government blockade in order to contain the chaos that ensued when a medication started giving everyone random and in some cases uncontrollable superpowers. For reasons that I assumed were either governmental/deliberate or accidental but turn out to be more complicated (spoilers!), the city's reserve of oil has also been ignited, meaning that fires ar ...more
Caidyn (NO LONGER ACTIVE; he/him/his)
I tried to reread this from the updated version I have and I couldn't get into it. I know I loved it once, but I just couldn't get hooked by the story again.

Original review

I'm going to preface this by saying that I honestly didn't mean to take this long to read it. Life got in the way. First year of college, and a lot of other personal things that I don't feel like delving into for a review.

Right when I started this, I was hooked. That prologue was amazing, and it thrust me right into the story.
Jun 10, 2019 marked it as dnf-lost-interest

Acqua: *hates when people say "remember to breathe" and "it's going to be ok" while she has a panic attack*
this book: *half of it seems to be people having panic attacks and reminding each other to breathe and that everything is going to be ok*

this... wasn't going to work

next time, someone remind me that if something is described as "hopepunk", it probably means that I need to stay away from it. Here's the thing: I don't care about being told platitudes about everything being ok and humans be
Ceillie Simkiss
Claudie Arseneault
"What did you think?" asks Goodreads, but I am not sure I can properly put words on how much I adore this book.

CHAMELEON MOON is everything I wish dystopian and post-apocalyptic worlds were all the day. I love my settings bleak. I love it when everything went wrong, shit hit the fan big time, and the one question on everyone's mind is "how am I going to make it through?"

And I love these because of the intense, selfless acts of compassion people do in ugly times. I love to see GOOD people holdin
Elle Maruska
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved this book so much.

I've been attempting to read more indie books and authors, and as I follow Sylver on Twitter I thought this would be a good place to start and I'm so glad I took the chance. I love this book, I love it in so many ways that it's hard to describe. But I'll try!

I love that this book is fearless.

When you read a lot of genre (like I do) you get used to a set of tropes and borders in stories. There are certain things you know that different genres will do--whether it's SciFi
Nov 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: indie, lgbt
1.5? The faults are mostly/all plot/pacing/character/content, the writing is fine.

50% of this book is characters giving emotional counsolling to other characters, mostly by reminding them to breath or saying 'it's going to be okay'

The other half is introducing way too many effing characters.

Listen. Roanna is super nice, and I have nothing against her, I respect her, I respect her personality and effort. I really, really did not like this book, and it boggles me how universally loved it is.

I'm go
B.R. Sanders
Oct 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Notes on Diversity:

The book follows a tight-knit group of erstwhile superheroes--and most of them are dealing with mental and/or physical disabilities. A number of them are clearly people of color. The main character is a trans woman, and she's basically the best!! There is am interracial queer poly family that is sweet and functional.

Diversity is firing on all cylinders here. A toast to that.


What if there was a magic cure-all drug that could fix what was wrong with y
Nov 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
This book is fabulous! There's not another word for it. There are a few editorial mistakes, however the story more than makes up for that. Trans and queer positive and representative, this story has something for everyone.

Compelling story, wonderful representation, and lively writing.

Here's to hoping for a sequel!
Chasia Lloyd
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful read I never wanted to end. So much queer love and comfort. Now, there is a lot of pain and hurt, too, but lots of love and comfort to balance it out. There is hope in a dystopian society, a message my bruised heart needed to see.
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book has LITERALLY CHANGED MY LIFE. It's the most queer-positive book I've ever read, and I don't have words for how much I love it, and how much it helped me love myself more.
Jul 01, 2017 marked it as on-hold
I'm finding it very hard to get into this so I'm putting it on hold and I'll give it another try at some other time.
Kayla Bashe
Oct 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chameleon Moon is about a bunch of superpowered misfits trapped in a dying city. The book has an attention gripping cinematic opening, cool unique dialogue, and hella style.
For all its flaws, like the fact that it's kind of on fire from the bottom up a la that one Russian sinkhole full of gas that somebody decided to torch, the city of Parole is one of those places you'd want to visit, like Weetzie Bat's LA or Transexual Transylvania or Narnia, except with dystopian surveillance and hot chicks.
This was a joy to read.

The plot was interesting and developped quite well, but the heart of this story is the characters.
They are all so loveable in their own way. All different, all flawed in some way but well rounded enough that you can't help but feel part of their family. They all love each other and want to protect each other and that is so beautiful.
It was also great to see an asexual dragon-scale-skinned guy filled with anxiety as the main character, along side a brilliant cast of polyamo
Jan 29, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, lgbt
Jack has 3 moms. If that bothers you, proceed no further because this is a book about heroes who come in all shapes, sizes, genders, colors, and sexualities.

The setting of Parole, the quarantined city of mutants, is literally on fire and is fantastic. Think Battery City + Centralia, PA + District 13. The plot is well done, and the big reveal towards the end was not what I was expecting but satisfying and true to the story.

My problem with this book is that the writer's skills aren't quite up to
Antonius Hogebrandt
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: diversity-bingo
Okay, this was a really cool read.

It took me a bit to get into--the narrator is omniscient, so we follow several people throughout the novel, as everything slowly spins into one.

In the #diversitybingo2017 that I'm currently doing, I picked this for my "romance with a trans main character" square, because among the main characters we have both the trans woman Evelyn with her two wives and their lovely boy, and Zilch, an enby who's composed of dead people in … some strange way.

Apart from Evelyn a
Mar 31, 2018 rated it liked it
After all the hype, I was expecting to love this book! However, though I loved the characters, it was very confusing to me. A lot was happening, there were a lot of characters, different POVs and it all felt like someone gave me a bunch of puzzle pieces but didn’t tell me how they were supposed to fit together.
Of course I loved this.
Sep 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, sff, lgbtq
I read the first edition of this book when it first came out, in one day. I couldn't put it down to be frank, and now, a couple years later, I found myself reading Roanna Sylver's short story Runtime and read it again. I loved it the second time too.

Now I'm here to review the new edition, nearly a full rewrite of the original book, same plot, same characters, all new life to the story. I will say this: it is better. If you read the first edition of the book, read this one and you won't regret i
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding, so full of love

I've never read a book like this before, and now all I want is more. There's so much - so much love amid pain, hope amid fear, family amid a broken world - and the celebration of all people, everyone, diverse and LGBTQ and all beautiful and strong and vibrant and so deeply human. This is what every book should be like.
Sarah (CoolCurryBooks)
I loved Chameleon Moon so much, and I think it would hold a strong appeal for fans of Welcome to Night Vale.

Patrol is a true dystopian – a city where the sky is chocked with smoke and ash and the ground is just one step away from crumbling into the fires below. And above everything the helicopters of Eye in the Sky survey the super powered citizens, making sure no one can escape. But within this hellhole, the citizens of Patrol have found love, families, and the will to resist. Among them is Eve
Dakota Avery
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: would-read-again
I was fortunate enough to have received an advanced copy of the Second Edition of Chameleon Moon, and let me tell you a thing:

I have been sat here for hours, attempting to write this for a number of days now; trying to wrangle in my ADHD and focus long enough to write a review worthy of this book. And I suppose that’s a good starting point right there.

If you know me then it is common knowledge that it is difficult for me to sit down and read anything longer that 1000 words. A wicked combination
Ann Elise Monte
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I know a number of people on Twitter screaming about this book, so I'm glad to have finally found the time to read it.

Details at a glance:

Genre: NA Dystopian

Pairings: F/F/F, M/NB/M

Sexual content: None

Rep: Trans polyam woman in f/f/f relationship, queer polyam disabled (prosthetic legs) dark-skinned WOC, queer polyam woman, polyam asexual character with anxiety, polyam nonbinary character, character with depression, nonverbal nonbinary side character.* Most characters show signs of PTSD.

*(POV is
Polenth Blake
People with superpowers are kept in quarantine in the city of Parole. When an assassination goes wrong, Regan is left with amnesia, and it might have something to do with the larger issues of the city.

It's debatable in an ensemble cast whether anyone is a main character. I'm loosely saying they're Regan and Evelyn, as a lot of the plot and scenes revolve around their stories, even if they're from someone else's perspective. But other characters also have large roles, so it's open to interpretati
Love yourself, love the people around you, and never give up. If you need help, reach out. If you’re drowning, make some noise. There are people who love you, who will throw you a life preserver. That’s what it all comes down to, love. That’s how we’re gonna get through this. And we are gonna get through this.

Second read edit, 2018. 01. 10: I still adore this book, and everything it stands for. I adore the descriptions, but most of all I adore the characters and the messages. You're not alone, w
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
TW/CW: torture, mentions of ptsd, mentions of anxiety, mentions of depression, mentions of drug use, mentions of dissociation, mention of trauma (mental/physical), allusion to suicide, fire

I really fricking appreciate that a trans character didn't have to be deadnamed to show that they're trans. I really fricking appreciate how normalized pronouns are. I really fricking appreciate how much ptsd and anxiety and such are spoken about, how real they're made. I really fricking appreciate this book!

Chameleon Moon is a wonderful, heartwarming and hopeful story about found families and resistance.

Parole is on fire, literally on fire. The city is chaos, the government is corrupted and everything seems pointless. Here it comes Evelyn, Parole superheroine, and her wonderful friends and family. They're the resistance, bringing hope and rescuing citizens.

There are many characters and I loved all, the diversity is amazing. For the first time, I read about people like me surviving, people like
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RoAnna Sylver is passionate about stories that give hope, healing and even fun for LGBT, disabled and other marginalized people, and thinks we need a lot more. Aside from writing oddly optimistic dystopia and vampire books, RoAnna is a blogger, artist, singer, and voice actor.

RoAnna lives with family near Portland, OR, and probably spends too much time playing videogames. The next adventure RoAnna

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